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Posts Tagged ‘Political Correctness’

Attack on Constitution’s First Amendment

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 21, 2017

The U.S. Constitution is a remarkable document, including the United States’ supreme law. The Constitution initially paved the way for 13 diverse colonies to come together and form a Federation by preserving rights of each colony (state). Its fair and stable legal platform played a huge role in the Country’s success.

Amending the Constitution was purposely made difficult to inhibit changes made on the political whims of populists. Amendments require the calling of a Constitutional Convention or two thirds supermajorities in both houses of Congress. Still, the Constitution has been amended 27 times by Congress, including the pivotal Bill of Rights with its 10 amendments made in 1791.

The First Amendment under the Bill of Rights states:bill-of-rights

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The First Amendment, free speech has come under attack in recent years through the use of political correctness with its social pressures. More recently, some on the Left have been more transparent in efforts to inhibit speech with increased ferocity since Donald Trump’s election.

This Blogger recently discussed the First Amendment with a slightly left-of-center acquaintance who would curtail speech in the name of public safety. In justifying the control of speech, he used the example of crying fire in a crowded movie theater and its risk of creating injury. He equates this example to those who take an anti-illegal immigrant philosophy in America, believing that it leads to attacks on immigrants or aliens. This author believes the comparison is a canard used to curtail the discussion of disagreeable ideas.

Inhibiting free speech, either through social pressures or the legal system, is a slippery slope traveled in the past. McCarthyism was a hammer used by the Right to inhibit the speech of liberals in the 1950s. A similar tactic is now in vogue by the Left, but for a different political agenda. For those who dare to discuss immigration policy, religion security issues, sexual mores, or social benefits, for example, are microphone labeled bigots, homophobic, Islamaphobic, or as Hillary said, “deplorable”.

The key issue with any attack on free speech should be how do we choose who gets to determine what constitutes calling the fire in a theater? Should the curtailing be to the benefit of ones’ political views, they are more likely to agree with the First Amendment attack. However, sooner or later the opposing side gains power and that is why the slippery-slope should concern all, irrespective of political views.

In a relevant example, a few years ago Harry Reid used the nuclear option in the Senate to allow Democrats to use a simple majority to get Obama appointments approved quickly. Previously this required a 60-vote Senate majority. Reid justified this drastic action claiming the Republicans to be the “party of no”, inferring that the step was required to keep government moving. Obama and fellow Liberals were all too happy to go along, irrespective of future consequences. Now, Trump and the Republicans have the use the nuclear option and the Democrats are screaming.

The Senate’s 60 vote requirement was created to make political appointments bipartisan, not easy. Similar to the Second Amendment, this rule had the long-term good of the Country behind it, with the goal of further legitimizing presidential power. The nuclear option has increased polarization and the divide in the Country and government. Instead of looking to Reid’s or Obama’s role in increasing political divisiveness, Trump is demonized for appointments.

Americans on the Left and Right would do well to look at the Constitution is a set of laws created to protect the long-term interest of all. Those that would mold it to fit their short-term agendas do so at the peril of their own future rights.

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Policies Correctness Gone Wild

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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Whoopi Goldberg Shows the Racist Side of Political Correctness

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.

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Brandeis University Shows Misogynists side of Political Correctness

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 17, 2014

AliAyaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman born of the Islamic faith, should be an inspiration to all who believe in freedom and equal rights.  Instead, she has become a victim of Progressive political correctness.

Earlier this year Brandeis University decided to honor Ms. Ali by awarding her an honorary doctorate for her efforts on behalf of women in Muslim societies.  That decision was met with consternation by pressure groups and Progressive political correctness that does not allow criticism of Islamic faith.  Brandeis president Frederick Lawrence caved to the pressures, removing the degree offer saying “we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.  For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of the statements earlier.”

Lawrence’s response is pure doubletalk.  How does Ms. Ali’s condemnation of female, genital mutilation, honor killings, forced marriage, or Sharia law conflict with Brandeis core values?  Freedom of speech, especially on a college campus, should not be curtailed in the name of any “core values”.  Finally, if core values preclude free speech at Brandeis, why did this same University award an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner, who has said: “The biggest supporters of Israel are the most repulsive members of the Jewish community.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s organization, The Aha Foundation, states its charter as: “The AHA Foundation works to protect and defend the rights of women and girls in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture.”  This goal should find universal acceptance within the West’s feminist movement.  Their lack of outrage on the treatment of Ms. Ali is an indication of the moral corruptness of this movement.

Ms. Ali published an op-ed in the New York Times posted below titled Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis.  As she so says: “I stand before you as someone who is fighting for women’s and girls’ basic rights globally.  And I stand before you as someone who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the role of religion in that fight.  The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored.  We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.

Brandeis behavior on this matter is reprehensible.

Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis, By Aya Hirsi Ali

One year ago, the city and suburbs of Boston were still in mourning.  Families who only weeks earlier had children and siblings to hug were left with only photographs and memories.  Still others were hovering over bedsides, watching as young men, women, and children endured painful surgeries and permanent disfiguration.  All because two brothers, radicalized by jihadist websites, decided to place homemade bombs in backpacks near the finish line of one of the most prominent events in American sports, the Boston Marathon.

All of you in the Class of 2014 will never forget that day and the days that followed.  You will never forget when you heard the news, where you were, or what you were doing.  And when you return here, 10, 15 or 25 years from now, you will be reminded of it.  The bombs exploded just 10 miles from this campus.

I read an article recently that said many adults don’t remember much from before the age of 8.  That means some of your earliest childhood memories may well be of that September morning simply known as “9/11.”

You deserve better memories than 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing.  And you are not the only ones.  In Syria, at least 120,000 people have been killed, not simply in battle, but in wholesale massacres, in a civil war that is increasingly waged across a sectarian divide.  Violence is escalating in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Egypt.  And far more than was the case when you were born, organized violence in the world today is disproportionately concentrated in the Muslim world.

Another striking feature of the countries I have just named, and of the Middle East generally, is that violence against women is also increasing.  In Saudi Arabia, there has been a noticeable rise in the practice of female genital mutilation.  In Egypt, 99% of women report being sexually harassed and up to 80 sexual assaults occur in a single day.

Especially troubling is the way the status of women as second-class citizens is being cemented in legislation.  In Iraq, a law is being proposed that lowers to 9 the legal age at which a girl can be forced into marriage.  That same law would give a husband the right to deny his wife permission to leave the house.

Sadly, the list could go on.  I hope I speak for many when I say that this is not the world that my generation meant to bequeath yours.  When you were born, the West was jubilant, having defeated Soviet communism.  An international coalition had forced Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.  The next mission for American armed forces would be famine relief in my homeland of Somalia.  There was no Department of Homeland Security, and few Americans talked about terrorism.

Today, however, I am going to predict a better future, because I believe that the pendulum has swung almost as far as it possibly can in the wrong direction.

When I see millions of women in Afghanistan defying threats from the Taliban and lining up to vote; when I see women in Saudi Arabia defying an absurd ban on female driving; and when I see Tunisian women celebrating the conviction of a group of policemen for a heinous gang rape, I feel more optimistic than I did a few years ago.  The misnamed Arab Spring has been a revolution full of disappointments.  But I believe it has created an opportunity for traditional forms of authority – including patriarchal authority – to be challenged, and even for the religious justifications for the oppression of women to be questioned.

Yet for that opportunity to be fulfilled, we in the West must provide the right kind of encouragement.  Just as the city of Boston was once the cradle of a new ideal of liberty, we need to return to our roots by becoming once again a beacon of free thought and civility for the 21st century.  When there is injustice, we need to speak out, not simply with condemnation, but with concrete actions.

One of the best places to do that is in our institutions of higher learning.  We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking, where all ideas are welcome and where civil debate is encouraged. I’m used to being shouted down on campuses, so I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today.  I do not expect all of you to agree with me, but I very much appreciate your willingness to listen.

I stand before you as someone who is fighting for women’s and girls’ basic rights globally.  And I stand before you as someone who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the role of religion in that fight.

The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored.  We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.

So I ask: Is the concept of holy war compatible with our ideal of religious toleration?  Is it blasphemy – punishable by death – to question the applicability of certain seventh-century doctrines to our own era?  Both Christianity and Judaism have had their eras of reform.  I would argue that the time has come for a Muslim Reformation.

Is such an argument inadmissible?  It surely should not be at a university that was founded in the wake of the Holocaust, at a time when many American universities still imposed quotas on Jews.

The motto of Brandeis University is “Truth even unto its innermost parts.”  That is my motto too.  For it is only through truth, unsparing truth, that your generation can hope to do better than mine in the struggle for peace, freedom and equality of the sexes.

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Dr. Benjamin Carson Lectures Washington at National Prayer Breakfast

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 8, 2013

President Obama is a gifted orator who typically has his way at public appearances.  In addition it is rare for the President to be challenged by the mainstream media.

The President attended the National Prayer Breakfast this week where he made a speech.  Prior to his presentation, Obama was lectured by its keynote speaker, Dr. Benjamin Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  As Carson made his 30 minute presentation, Obama was forced to listen to his conclusions that included:

  • Carson called political correctness “a horrible thing” and “dangerous”.  He stated: “We’ve reached a point where people are actually afraid to talk about what they want to say, because somebody might be offended.”
  • Carson pointed to importance of family and education, connecting these items to his marvelous advancement from poverty.  While Progressives often pointed to the importance of education, this is but code words for paying off their union constituents.  They rarely talk of the importance of family.
  • The doctor also expressed concern for the moral decay and fiscal mess of the United States: “I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful – nobody could even challenge them militarily … they destroyed themselves from within.  Moral decay. Fiscal irresponsibility.
  • The Country’s $16 trillion deficit was also addressed: “And one of our big problems right now…our deficit is a big problem.  Think about it — and our national debt — $16 and a half trillion dollars.
  • Carson criticized the complex and progressive federal tax system suggesting instead a flat tax: “What about our taxation system — so complex there is no one that can possibly comply with every jot and tittle.  When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see — I see the fairest individual in the universe — God — and he’s given us a system.  It’s called tithe.”  One does not have to be religious to appreciate the logic here.

Finally, Carson went after the President’s plans for the medical system. He suggested an alternative that would include a tax-deductible health savings account for all Americans that is initiated on the data their birth.  Those without means would receive funds for the account from the government.  This account would be used for healthcare, as determined by each individual.  Any amount remaining at death could be passed on to the individuals heirs.  The idea is beautiful in its simplicity and understanding of human nature.  It offers individuals the ability to manage their healthcare spending, treating this account as a valuable asset.

Dr. Carson’s presentation at the national prayer breakfast is posted below.  It was a good lecture for the President and it is appropriate for all Americans.

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Leftists Use Political Correctness to Degrade Soldiers’ Sacrifices on Memorial Day

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 28, 2012

How America has changed the way it views its soldiers.  While there has always been healthy debate as to whether America’s going to war was justified or not, until the Vietnam War the soldiers forced to fight those wars were always looked on as heroes.  Beginning with the spoiled young baby boomers in the late 1960s, the soldiers became the victims of scorn.  Returning Vietnam vets were often treated atrociously, sometimes referred to as “baby killers” or spat upon.

Celebrating this Memorial Day, ultra-leftist network MSNBC took the appropriate treatment of America’s servicemen to a new low.  One of its radical Leftist commentators, Chris Hayes, stuttering his way through on objection to referring to fallen soldiers as “heroes”, Hayes said the following:

“I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’ because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war.  Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers, and things like that.  But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that…”

For the above rant, Hayes has once again proven himself to be a knucklehead.  Don’t like the war in Iraq?  Then blame Bush and the Congress for authorizing it.  Don’t like the war in Afghanistan?  Blame Bush and Obama for starting and continuing it respectively.  However, to intellectually assassinate those who paid the ultimate price in these wars is unconscionable.  It shows how far the Left has fallen from any sense of morality.

Chris Hayes’s view of America as shown in the video below is similar to many on the Left including the current commander-in-chief.  To them America is the problem.  It is ironic that these intellectual elitists are often well-to-do and part of the 1%.  It is terrifying that this group are educating the next generation of Americans.  That in itself makes a good argument for eliminating all government subsidies of higher education.

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Baby Boomer Math

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 3, 2012

Blog reader John forwarded this lesson in Baby Boomer mathematics that is full of political correctness and illogic.  It would be funny if not so true.

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Chris Matthews Throws “Grand Wizard “Dart Michael Steele

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 24, 2012

On Tuesday, former GOP chairman Michael Steele was interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.  Matthews started losing it as he attempted to paint Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a radical conservative.  Steele would have none of that and held his ground.  In frustration, Matthews resorted to a common theme of the Left; pull out the race card.

After claiming Romney was a “flat eather”, Steele took Matthews the task, which then led Matthews to the race card referring to Republican party as the “Grand Wizard crowd“.  Steele, an African-American, clearly took offense to this ludicrous claim with the following exchange then occurring.

Steele – “I resent that.  What is this ‘grand wizard’ nonsense?”

Matthews – “I should say the far-right party.”

Steele – “Are you saying that we’re the Ku Klux Klan?  Give me a break.  Don’t go there with me on that”.

Matthews –  “Okay.  Great. Good.  Thank you.  There’s none of those problems over there.  All those birthers out there.”

The Left’s use of the race card and political correctness will be viewed by history as the McCarthyism of the new millennium.  President Obama will similarly be judged harshly for what borders on fascist behavior.

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Political Correctness 101

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 1, 2012

Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist.

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Patriotic Chant Called Racism in Texas

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 15, 2012

At a recent high school basketball game in Texas, Alamo Heights High School defeated Alamo Heights.  During the after game celebration, great offense was taken by some at a chant given by Alamo Heights fans.  The negative reactions included:

  • A San Antonio Independent School District spokeswoman, Leslie Price, saying of the chant: “This is very disrespectful to our students.  It is surprising and it’s disappointing to hear that anyone would be out there making those kind of remarks“.
  • Edison student Julian Castellano said: “I was very surprised.  Very appalled.”
  • Edison student Ruby Arredondo said: “They didn’t really have any class.”
  • Edison student Ruby Arredondo said: “It just rubbed us the wrong way.”
  • Edison students who attended Saturday’s game were shocked when they heard the chant.  Some thought the fans of the victors should have been better behaved.
  • After apologizing for the chant, Alamo Heights Superintendent Kevin Brown said: “We just hope that people know that that’s not who we are and we’re not going to let it happen again“.  Brown further said: “We think that you have to earn a right to be there and that’s not a reflection of our school district,” and his band the perpetrators from future state title games.

Now, this story, reported in the press as a racial incident, would not be complete without posting the dastardly chant, which was incredibly:

“USA, USA, USA”

Yes, that was the extent of it, as shown in the video provided at the link below.

This amazing story shows the extent of which political correctness has taken over the Country.  Now, even a show of patriotism at a sporting event that includes two American teams can be interpreted as a racist.  We certainly, long way baby!  Political correctness is nothing more than a modern-day Leftist which-hunt akin to the attacks from McCarthy in the early 1950’s.

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