June 01, 2005
cheapening the language
I don't like a lot of what is considered to be "conventional wisdom" today. It's NOT wisdom. It is politically-correct ignorance. That crap debases the English language and teaches people to repeat cant instead of thinking independently.
I'll give you a few examples:
#1-- McCarthyism. I'd like to take a poll among people under the age of 30 who even know who the hell "Tail Gunner Joe" was. I'd also like to ask them about the "Red Scare." What was it all about? Was it real?
I hate to shatter some leftist fantasies, but the Red Scare was REAL in the 1950s and early 1960s. McCarthy got carried away with himself, and he did some despicable things, but communists WERE infiltrating our government at the time, and they did not wish us well. Joe simply was not the person who should have been leading the fight, and certainly not in the way he did it.
Now his name is a synomym for anybody who DARES to question your political beliefs, no matter how ridiculous or subversive they may be. People forget--- Joe DID find a lot of communists selling this country down the river.
#2-- Fascism. I have trouble to keep from laughing when I hear leftists talk about "fascism" in this country. THEY believe that fascism is limiting the different flavors of latte they can buy from Starbucks. If you mention "Brownshirts" to them, they'll tell you that those are out of style and everybody "cool" wears Old Navy garb today.
My aching ass. They need a dose of reality--- something akin to having LEGITIMATE fascists kick down your door in the middle of the night, confiscate all of your property (including your latte) and ship you off to a "relocation" camp. That shit doesn't happen in this country (exvept in the War on Drugs) and it's a far cry from "fascism."
#3-- Racism. Once upon a time, that word meant something in this country. I SAW IT as a child in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. Black people were treated as second-class citizens, with separate restrooms, separate drinking fountains and seats on the back of the bus. They couldn't order a meal in a "white" restaurant. A lot of people marched and died to change that status quo.
Today, "racism" is no more than the joker in the deck that people play when they don't have a trump card in their hand. Watch Jesse Jackson in action. He can pick up a rock and find racism underneath it. "You may think you're satisfied, but you've been disenfranchised! This may look like a rock, but the White Man owes
ME you a lot! You may think you're free, but you're still in slavery! I am Jesse Jackson--- a man of action!"
Yeah. And Jesse gets rich while keeping the slaves on the plantation. I believe that he is a pathetic example of a human being, and he preys on the very people who believe in him most. That's inexcusable.
#4 Bush=Hitler. This idea would be too insane to discuss except for the fact that some history-deprived people seem to believe it today. When I was writing advertising copy for Konter Realty (a Jewish business-- go figure) I met several people who still had concentration camp tattoos on their left arms. Yes--- those people survived places such as Auschwitz and lived to tell about it. And they survived by the skin of their teeth.
Pull that Bush=Hitler shit on THEM and see how far you get. They SAW family members shot, gassed and killed by the dozens under a REAL Hitler regime. This fucking whining from the left today desecrates the memory of every Jew who actually experienced the REAL THING, just as Jesse Jackson desecrates the memory of every black person who overcame legitimate racism.
Words count. The left spends a lot of time trying to call turds roses, but it spends an equal amount of time trying to call roses turds. They believe in the Big Lie.
Only a complete fool will fall for it, but we seem to have a lot of fools in this world today.
I agree wholeheartedly with the comments regarding the overuse of racism.
The other two words are mostly only bandied about by politicians and elitist bloggers though. I don't think the average urbanite has ever heard of either McCarthyism or facism and certainly most of them don't have a clear idea of the historical scope or context surrounding those two words.
I certainly don't get the depth of hatred for Bush. I think he's just the foci for years of government blunders and mistakes that have degraded the character of this country.
Ok, Under 30 quiz time. :-p let me know how i do!
1. The Red Scare was when communist spies from USSR had infiltrated the US. McCarthy was naming names, so the communists in trainging I mean liberals said that he was lying and naming Civil Rights activists to prop up the white power. No idea who Tail Gunner Joe is. Never heard of him. I'll google him when I'm done.
2. The idea of our country being facist is laughable to me. We are not even close to be a dictatorship. If we were, would Bush have to go through Congress for things like appointments, cabinet positions? I call Bullshit on anyone that believes this one.
3. IF you believe my mulitculturalism prof, you'd swear racism was worse now than ever. However I think we are more sensitive to discrimination, so things that are normal life situations are suddenly racist. There was a time when being a minority was a ticket to poverty, now its a free ride where everything you do is unquestionable b/c of your race.
4. Only people who have no idea who Hitler was or what he did would make that comparision. This one freezes my brain. I don't even see anything similar between them. *shakes head*
So, grade me Acidman. :-)
PC will be here to stay as long as we let it stay. But, it is people such as the non-PC on this blog and others that will finally force the PC crowd to see how actually stupid they are.
As bad as I hate to admit it you are right again, I have seen adults time and time again who do not know the first thing about history, makes me feel like an old fart!
My pet peeves are "progressive" and "moral." Whenever I hear someone use those words, they are advocating some violation of our rights.
Alli, "Tail Gunner Joe" was Joe McCarthy during WWII, when he flew numerous bombing missions over Germany. He was a war hero.
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg gave the secret of the atomic bomb to Russia. They were not alone in trying to undermine our country for the great cause of communism.
We had a LOT of "useful idiots" around in those days, just as we have Michael Moore around (BIG AND AROUND) today.
Read history, Alli. I think there's still hope for you.
And I can't WAIT for the leftist assholes to come crying that the Rosenbergs didn't do it.
If we're not yet a fascist state, we're certainly moving in that direction.
USA Patriot Act: Search warrants without judicial review. And the FBI wants to expand their use.
Handgun registration/Concealed permit (if guns are ever confiscated, what list do you think they'll use to fine them?)
Sobriety check points (no probable cause needed)
Property confiscation in the aforementioned War On Drugs
The sad thing is, most people don't give a shit about this. They say, "hell, all of those things make me safer, I'm for 'em".
Everything I know about history I've learned myself. My teachers in school were useless. I leanred that Fonda was a war hero *gag*, the Vietnam war was evil, Nixon was a paranoid criminal, and that George Bush is a terrorist and that Republicans are racist (a direct quote from one of my profs). . I'm trying to recover from my indocrination- oops I mean education.
Yay the Acidman thinks theres still hope for me. :-) Thats a compliment in the highest. Thanks. I'm working on learning the truth insead of talking points. Keep posting quizzes for the 20 year olds! :-)
the acidman is hot today.
quoting and linking this one for thur, also.
I'd like to add to the list, "Slave Wages". I've heard countless leftists refer to people working at bad jobs for low wages as being akin to slavery. I always want to scream at them, "Are you out of your fucking mind? Do you REALLY think that slavery was no worse than somebody working at a retail store? Exactly how fucking stupid are you?"
I am no fan of the "Patriot Act." It was rushed into law by a bunch of frightened politicians who wanted to appear to be "doing SOMETHING" after 9/11. It's bad law, it's anti-freedom and it leaves the door wide open for government abuse.
So... I ask one simple question--- you show me ONE LAW that government ever passed and didn't abuse to suit its own ends and I'll shut up.
Until you can do that, learn to say, "BAAAAAA," like a good little sheeple.
It occurred to me that there was an answer to the
Move-On Bushitler BS almost immediately.
Its why I refer to that moron Junior Senator from
Good list, man. McCarthy did go pretty overboard, and his accusations against the Army ended up sealing his fate as a politician, if I recall correctly. Concerning that final straw, he may have been wrong at the time, but bring him roughly four decades into the future, and he may have found legitimacy for some of his arguments, in places such as here:
Concerning the rest, while we aren't coming to resemble Germany under the NSDAP or the USSR in the literal sense, I've found a whole lot of reason in the aformentioned site's view that we're descending into comfortable, nonlethal Disney versions of the typical jackboot dictatorships of the 20th Century.