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Monday, April 7, 2014

Movie Clips: Video: Jack Nicholson: You Can't Handle the Truth: Stuff That Some People Can't Handle Hearing



This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Warning: this blog contains adult language and other language that may offend some really over-sensitive tight asses.

There's a great line, one of a few great lines, in a pretty good but not great movie called, A Few Good Men, from 1992 with Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Bacon, JT Walsh and many others.  A Marine Corps General (Nicholson) is on the witness stand at a Marine trial of officers who were charged with going too far with one of their fellow Marines, abusing him in some way, I guess.  Their defense lawyer (Cruise) has the General on the witness stand and is trying to get the him to say something that he doesn't want to say.

The General responds by saying something to the effect of, "Son you can't handle the truth! We deal with all sorts of horrible situations that average Americans have no idea about and we do these things to serve the country we love and why don't you just shut up and thank us for what we do!"  You can't handle the truth is sort of the point of this post. To some people, lets call them tight asses, who live in a politically correct universe, some language is simply unacceptable even if it is the truth because it may offend people whom they care about.

I'm not saying that people should be mean or be assholes but that people shouldn't hold back simply because what they have to say may offend others especially, if they believe that it's the truth.  When I  say truth, I'm not talking about bigotry or hateful speech.  Language like that tends to be bullshit. I'm talking about language that is truthful, that conveys facts and information.

I'm not saying that people should make fun of and be pricks to fat people who don't balance their diet and wouldn't know what exercise was to save their life.  But you shouldn't be afraid to get on someone for being obese or stupid or a  man who refuses to do physical work because of his sexuality.  I've had personal experience with guys like that.

We all get to make these decisions for ourselves but we shouldn't hold back because things we may have to say may offend over-sensitive tight asses who see a polite world that simply doesn't exist.  At the end of the day we all live on the same planet and without having the best available facts and information we sort of live in a cloud or a room without any light.  At times we need to know what it is not positive about us so we can do better and correct our negative behaviors.