Seeing the Samizdata bloggers Monday night being “politically incorrect”(no link; that’s not my point) I got to thinking about what is this ‘politically correct/incorrect’.
<politics>It’s the idea that you shouldn’t do or say anything that will “offend” someone’s sensibilities. Well TOOOO BAAAAD!
I remember in the “old days” (because I’m an old man) we would even sometimes do and say the ‘politically incorrect’ simply because it was. But it literally wasn’t, because the buzzword hadn’t been invented yet. What it was was being real and honest about what you wanted to say or do. And if it hurt somebodies feelings accept the consequences, but tell them to grow up and grow some skin.
Richard X. Nixon’s VP, Spiral Agnew, used to say the word ‘hippies’ with an inflection and tone that you knew meant he was really saying “#%@&* worthless, dirty pile of *&@%#”. So we always called ourselves hippies.
Though I never felt the least affection for Nelson Rockefeller, I still chuckle when I think of the photo of him, when VP of the U.S., flipping the bird at some hecklers. He at least was being honest and accepted the consequences. His justification was he was responding in kind, well good for him.
A lot of lip service is given to the ‘freedoms’ we have in this country (while Bush etc. keep making them harder to find). Free speech happens to be one of those freedoms, in fact it is actually a right guaranteed by the Constitution. I think we need to take a good hard look around and in ourselves and see if we, you and I, really do grant these freedoms and rights to everybody. I’m not saying like it or agree with it, only grant others their rights.
Don’t even start about ‘hate speech’ and ‘intolerant speech’ etc. That is just cowardly bigoted whining, because the whiner doesn’t believe EVERYBODY has inalienable rights under our Constitution. There are laws that cover inciting activity, use them. Not this lawsuit, court clogging, lawyer enriching, mania that seems to be sweeping the courts.
It’s a sad and sorry state of affairs that these days you better not even make a “politically incorrect” joke because somebody will whine. And then you have to apologize because the whiner may sue you. I’m sorry Jerry, you got more press for using the word “faggot” then for raising 64 million dollars to help kids who have Muscular Dystrophy. I’m sorry that people can’t grow up and see beyond their own ‘inbred’ belief system, f* ’em if they can’t take a joke.</politics>
Here’s another beaut from the NYT. What does that dusty old document say about “…shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”?
Boy, sure spewed a bit. Art on Friday, promise.