Recently a conservative GOP ideologue named Ann Coulter called Presidential candidate John Edwards a "faggot*." Coulter was simply trying to draw attention to herself and the GOP like the tough girl in a schoolyard.
People I know who have met Ann Coulter tell me she talks like she is surrounded by a crowd of schoolgirls who have been shunned by most of the boys in school. Everyone else has a problem except her. Just after September 11, 2001, Coulter had this to say about the women who lost husbands in the World Trade Center collapse, "I've never seen women enjoying their husband's deaths so much." The GOP leadership knows she said this and has continued to pay her huge sums of money to speak at their events ever since. The politics of slash and burn paid off handsomely for them in the 2006 midterm elections.
Instead of speaking out against racism and bigotry, George W. Bush acts out his true feelings. Why do you think he refused to help the people of New Orleans for 5 days after Hurricane Katrina? Actions always speak louder than words.
U.S. Senator Trent Lott continues to praise segregation and the other supporters of de-facto slavery like Strom Thurmond decades after the Civil Rights Act was passed.
John McCain comes out insisting that members of the U.S. Military who died serving their country in Iraq "wasted their lives." He believed this when he said it and did not retract his words immediately.
People with a limited vocabulary resort to these expressions because they really have nothing better to say. They mean what they are saying because they do not immediately correct themselves. It takes days and many reminders for these people to apologize and many never do issue sincere apologies
My grandmother once told me that a person's vocabulary tells you a great deal about the company they keep. NBA players, street gangs, and the Republican leadership from George Bush on up start to use sickening language the moment they think the microphone is turned off. Cheney talks trash on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Bush uses foul language every day, including the days he is at diplomatic forums. Their mouthpieces in the mass media including Rush Limbaugh, Fox Television, and O'Reilly only echo the Republican speaking points filled with hatred and bigotry. They deliberately hire mouthpieces who echo the politics of hate like Tony Snow and Ann Coulter.
When a ship is sinking the crew will use the most vile profanity to gather people around them.
Here is Coulter's apology: "C'mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."
*Ironically, in the late 16th Century the term "faggot" was used to describe an old or unpleasant woman, i.e. someone exactly like Coulter.