Archive for the ‘Political Correctness’ Category
Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 10, 2017
Comedian Bill Maher is a star on cable TV. He is also an unapologetic liberal espousing Progressive causes through humor. That has not stopped Maher from criticizing the Left on significant issues affecting society.
Maher, an atheist, has been especially critical of Islam and its penchant for violence. He has also been critical of the Left’s unwillingness to honor what should be a backbone of the movement, free speech. In a recent show Maher said: “Look, I’m not against free speech. Believe me. I’ve been a longtime critic of colleges shutting people up. That is a problem on the left that we need to deal with very much so” and “Free speech should be something we (liberals) own.”
Maher’s dressing down the Left on free-speech came after recent riots at the University of California Berkeley campus. That supposed bastion of free speech rioted in an effort to stop right-leaning provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus.
In an attempt to make excuses for inexcusable behavior, Leftists and their supporters in the mainstream media would define the burning and destruction of property at UC Berkeley as a “protest”. Such behavior has in the past been called fascism.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 16, 2016
Townhall.com reported on a story that should bring chills down any American’s spine, irrespective of their political views. In congressional testimony earlier this year, Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch stated that the Justice Department (DOJ) is considering punishment for some including academics and others in the fossil fuel industry for denying climate change.
Irrespective of where one comes down on the climate change discussion, we should all be outraged by the DOJ even considering such outrageous action. Sacrosanct to what is America is the Constitution and freedom of speech. For the DOJ to use intimidation and possibly the law to stifle free speech is not only illegal, but the start of a slippery slope that is reminiscent of actions of totalitarian governments. Governments that attempt to control the thoughts of its citizens have often become enemies of the citizens. The results are often ugly.
A few centuries ago the then “powers to be” persecuted those who did not believe the earth was flat. The US Department of Justice is now one of the “powers to be”. History repeats itself.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 2, 2016
While this Blog tends to support libertarian type conservative principles, there are voices on the Left that offer positive points of view on society and the political discourse. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, is one such politician.
Bloomberg is known for speaking his mind irrespective of dogmatic political views. He was at it again this past weekend during a commencement speech at the University of Michigan, according to CNN. During his presentation, Bloomberg attacked political correctness and its anti-intellectual approaches at the university level that include “safe spaces”. Bloomberg’s comments in the video below included:
“The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure groups, and shield students from these ideas through safe spaces, code words, and trigger warnings, is in my view a terrible mistake. The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations, not to run away from them,” and “A microaggression is exactly that, micro. But in a macro sense, one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is the so-called safe space, because it creates a false impression that we can isolate ourselves from those who hold different views. We can’t, and we shouldn’t try. Not in politics, not in the workplace.”
It is refreshing to hear a politician share such straight talk. While this Blogger disagrees with many of Bloomberg’s stated positions, those disagreements do not overshadow the importance and courage Bloomberg shows in attacking some of the greatest dangers to American’s freedom. Compare this to the doubletalk coming from likely candidates for the Democrat and Republican parties. There are better choices, but they are not currently running for the presidency.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 8, 2015
Many Americans on right of center politically are aghast at how Political Correctness has ruined intellectual discourse in the country. What started innocuously has morphed into a form of modern fascism. Those that do not agree with Progressive views are disparaged and marginalized. Nowhere is the PC problem worse than on America’s college campuses that should instead be the bastion of free speech and opposing views.
The Left is pleased to accept the current direction of Political Correctness since it favors their narrative. However, they would do well to recall that just a few decades ago Political Correctness supported the Radical Right in a way similar to that it currently favoring Radical Left.
Dr. Ben Carson, current candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, came to national prominence chastising the Left and President Obama concerning Political Correctness at a National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. That video clip is included below. For Millennial’s with a shorter attention span, also included is a clip of comedian Colin Quinn exposing the lunacy of PC.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 18, 2015
Jason Harrison is a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This week he attacked one leg of modern Progressive political correctness. When Harrison learned that his two sons brought home trophies they were “awarded” for merely participating events, he returned them and posted the following explanation on Instagram (emphasis added):
“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.
I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.#harrisonfamilyvalues“
Harrison’s common sense approach to raising children offers them the best chance for success in life, not some nonsense award given to make them feel good and merely equal to others.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 13, 2014
Talk-show diva Oprah Winfrey recently interviewed former child actress Raven Symone who is known for her roles in The Cosby Show and That’s So Raven. Winfrey discussed issues with Symone related to her gay lifestyle. Symone’s responses, as seen in the video below, did not match Progressive Winfrey’s expectations from someone who is gay or African-American.
After Winfrey finished the politically correct questions, Raven retorted: “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American”. Winfrey was obviously taken back by this response responding: “Oh, my lord. What did you just say?” That led Raven to put an exclamation point understatement saying:
“What I really mean by that is I’m an American. That’s what I really mean. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”
This Blog’s Libertarian roots applaud Ms. Raven-Symone for her intellect and guts. She joins a growing number, albeit small, of people from groups considered disadvantaged by the government that are throwing off the yoke of weakness and stigmatism foisted upon them by a out-of-control government. Look to these new libertarians with a conservative leaning to gain power within the movement and ultimately become an important force for real change in the country.
Posted in Political Correctness | Tagged: African-American, Cosby, Gay, labels, Oprah, Raven-Symone, Winfrey | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 29, 2014
The danger of political correctness stifling needed discussions and morphing into its own form of bigotry became apparent during a recent episode of The View. The discussion centered around curtailing free speech if the words offend someone.
Will Cain, who was being interviewed, proffered the view that this trend in political correctness will ultimately lead to curtailing all communications stating: “We’ll all be out of business, we’ll all stop talking. Everybody’s offended all the time, from the Fighting Irish to the Redskins. Everyone’s offended.”
The View’s cohost Whoopi Goldberg would have none of Cain’s logic and shot back: “Let me tell you why. America has… a history of utilizing words to harm people and hurt people, and the people who have been on the other side of it I think are at the point where they’re saying, this is not OK anymore.”
Ms. Goldberg’s view is not only devoid of logic, but also is incompatible with the Constitution. Free speech, even that which is offensive, is a cornerstone of Americans’ constitutional rights. Going down the slippery slope of stripping rights away can only lead to very bad endings for the weakest in American society.
Even more outrageous than Goldberg’s opinion is the attack she then laid incredibly on Cain after he presented his argument stating: “That is spoken like a true white guy.” Well Ms. Goldberg, many of us find your comment racist and hurtful. But those who believe in the Constitution back your right to not only make such outrageous statements, but to also make a good living on them.
Posted in Political Correctness, Racism | Tagged: Cain, Political Correctness, Racism, Racist, The View, typical-white-guy, View, Whoopi Goldberg | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 4, 2014
Last week former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the commencement speech at Harvard University. With some refreshing candor, Bloomberg castigated Ivy League schools for their censorship of those with conservative views. Bloomberg’s comments in the video below included:
- “There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism. Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species.”
- “There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo than there is among Ivy League donors”.
- Neither conservatives nor liberals have a “monopoly of truth or God on its side.”
- After saying that 90% of Ivy League employees’ contributions in the 2012 presidential campaign went to Obama, Bloomberg concluded “you really have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer”.
The facts that Bloomberg states should be enough to cause concern as to the direction free speech and thought in our institutions of higher education. The fact that they are repeated by the very liberal Michael Bloomberg is telling. They may indicate a man concerned with his own constituent’s close-mindedness. On the other hand, Bloomberg may be concerned that inhibiting free speech has dangerous consequences for his liberal views when the inevitable occurs and the Right once again becomes the prevalent power in the country. As history has shown, after the genie is left out of the bottle, re-corking it becomes problematic.
Posted in Political Correctness, Progressives | Tagged: Bloomberg, commencement, Conservatives, Harvard, Ivy League, McCarthyism, Speech | 1 Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 25, 2014
The radical Left attacks those who disagree with their political views on a daily basis, often on a personal basis. Typical the attacks are pointed towards Republicans and Libertarians. However, their most savage aggression is reserved for people of color or women who dare to question Leftist dogma.
This week the fascist-Left set its sights on Africa-American ESPN sports commentator Stephen A. Smith. Smith was called a “sellout” and “Uncle Tom”. What was his crime? He had shared an opinion about a comment made by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban said this week that he would “cross the street” if he saw a young black man in a hoodie at night. However, as Smith points out in his response to the attacks against him in the video link below, Cuban also said “in the same breath” he would also have reservations about a bald white guy with tattoos.
Smith is more than capable of fended off the attacks, as demonstrated in the video. However, the creeping fascism that is taking over the Left should be of concern to all Americans.
Posted in Political Correctness, Racism | Tagged: Cuban, ESPN, hoodie, Mavericks, smith, uncle-tom | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 24, 2014
The trend is ominous. College campuses that are suppose to bastions for free thinking and speech have instead morphed in zones of intellectual intolerance. Whether it is a former secretary of state or a Somali girl abused by Islam, if the issue does not meet with the approval of Leftist dogma, the speech is likely to be squelched.
The commencement speech this year at the University of Texas was a refreshing break from the intolerance. UT not only allowed an American in uniform of service to his country to speak, but also allowed a speech that broke from the typical college gibberish that we are all deserving of an equal outcome, irrespective of our skills or efforts.
Admiral William McRaven, a Navy Seal for 36 years, delivered a thought-provoking address to attendees of the graduation, as posted below. His comments included “if you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right” and “SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.”
Unfortuantely, American values have been sliding down a different slope that indicates that all are deserving of success. Those that do not succeed have not only due to circumstances beyond their control. The increased number of Americans in poverty indicates something more sinister at play.
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