Here's why I think so.Used as a verb, the word "retarded" means; to make slow; delay the development or progress of ; hinder or impede. I think Rahm's derogatory use of the word has certainly made the positive progression you and I work so hard to communicate to the world much slower, don't you? The changes we want so desperately to see for our kids hit a brick wall from this government official, and we are now met with delay in the developmental progress, in action and in the process of social change. Anyone and everyone who thinks like Rahm does has now been validated. Because of this, his words have become a hinderance to us as we strive to change the minds of those who believe retarded is an acceptable term. Used as a noun, the word "retarded" mean: a slowing down, diminution (decrease), or hindrance.... The push that our Ds community has for re-educating the general public is now faced with a slowing down and potential decrease in effectiveness. I believe the general public (for the most part) accepts and believes what those in authority speak. Especially if they don't have a personal opinion about the matter, or are not personally affected by it. Most people in these unaffected positions will take what those in authority speak at face value, as truth...as acceptable. Not a good example. If Rahm would have said, "that is f****g GAY!" I feel most sure there would be another commercial on TV right now about the proper usage of the word "gay". HEY, WHERE'S OUR COMMERCIAL?? (btw....Sarah......it's never ok!!) Finally, the word "retarded" is used in this way; Slang: Disparaging. a. a mentally retarded person. b.a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way... Rahm is not diagnosed as a "mentally retarded person", but he was stupid, obtuse and ineffective in the way he spoke these naughty words, and he has become a retardant in our efforts. The only good out of this stupid and obtuse comment is it has brought lots of attention to the topic. He even called the Special Olympics whoo hoo. Didn't Barack Obama do that when he oopsied about the retarded community, too? What's with these men? They don't get made fun of because they are black or Jewish....sheeeesh..... Be Nice!!