If it offends other people it doesn't mean we can't or should not say it.
Anything I say can be offensive to anyone at anytime, I should not have to walk on eggshells to avoid possibly offending someone.
Let me just point out, for people who wanted to turn this into a left vs right issue...
My in-laws are huge Tea Party conservatives. And yeah, they are ready to condemn Flacco over it.
Now full disclosure, they ARE Redskins fans...I'm just pointing out, it's not "just liberals".
At this point, because Flacco made his coup-de-grace at Media Day and put out a more thorough statement of apology, I have no problem, because it was obviously a slip up and he noted his association with the Special Olympics. But there are people who apparently want to condemn him either way. And again, not just "the liberals"
The world is far more diverse than people falling into one of two sides of a world view.
I wouldn't care if Ronald Reagan came out said please don't say X it offends people, or if Obama said it's okay to say X regardless it's your right. I can say what I want when I want and so can anyone else.
Now again, my brother-in-law has Cerebral Palsy, so a lot of my position on the issue came from them and working with my brother-in-law, so I can see why it would upset them too, but a few people on here said they were in similar situations with a family member having a mental disability, and saw no issue with the word because the context was not intended to be derogatory.
That said, I've used the word, I've heard other people say retard. I don't care nor does it bother me that Joe said it. I just don't see the point in getting worked up or offended by someone using a word. What's the old saying "sticks and stones..."
The last point, of course, IS my opinion, which is why I said it. And trust me, I am far from "butthurt" over the realization that someone I do not know might have a questionable sense of care for his fellow man. If anything, you've acted like the "butthurt" one, screaming about the things you "don't give a shit" about and calling people "pussies."