In this insane political environment in which we find ourselves after the horrible tragedy in Tucson last Saturday, we have renewed calls from various officials, pundits, journalists, and even lawmakers floating ludicrous proposals to ‘tone down the rhetoric,’ ‘tamp down the vitriol,’ and change the political climate; all by creating new laws and regulations regarding speech, certain words in general, and, yes, even symbols.
So I’ve taken the time to give them some example of this “vitriolic rhetoric” and how they’re used in our everyday conversations, so the new Speech Police will be able to more easily recognize these inflammatory terms and phrases when they’re encountered.
Yes, this list is ridiculously long, but the wailing and gnashing of teeth, sweating of brow, and fretting over such terms and phrases is just as ridiculous; not necessarily in length but in breadth of insanity.
So, here we go. These are the things that we may no longer be able to say, and phrases we may no longer be able to use (in print or orally) once the Speech Police have gotten their way.
Here’s a portion of the “Action Alert” item from CAIR’s website:
CAIR Action Alert #625:
Juan Williams says airline passengers in ‘Muslim garb’ make him ‘nervous’
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/20/10) — CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to ask National Public Radio (NPR) to address analyst Juan Williams’ statement that airline passengers in “Muslim garb” make him “nervous.”
During an appearance Monday on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Williams backed Bill O’Reilly’s recent claim that “Muslims killed us on 9/11″ and then said: “[W]hen I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
Recently on Fox News, Julie Banderas featured a special segment of wounded warriors who returned to Iraq for a homecoming, of sorts, to try and find some closure of their time in the battle. What a touching story this was, and what a reminder it is that we owe our very freedoms to these men and woman so we may enjoy the lives we are currently living.
Let’s pray we can keep this Republic and keep the enemies at bay. God bless our military men and women, those who’ve served in any theatre, at home and abroad.
Today, Oprah highlighted a visit she paid to Walter Reed Army Hospital after she left D.C. visiting the White House this past week. Normally, I wouldn’t have thought this could be anything but an ideological and/or political message against the war, but Oprah pleasantly surprised me. And these guys and gals truly deserve the recognition.
It was too heartfelt to skip any of it, so here is the series of interviews from her show today, 26 February 2009, in 11 separate segments. I know it’s a lot, trust me. But please, watch each vignette, most of which are fairly short, because these men and women deserve this adulation and recognition.
Sgt. Travis Ryan Wood, Army National Guard, Cedar City, UT
Sgt. Kelly “Special K” Keck, Army, West Liberty, KY
Johnathan “Jay” Holsey, Army Sgt. 1st Class from College Park, GA, and Juan D. Roldan, Army Staff Sgt. from Paterson, NJ
Bruce Gannaway, Army Major from Athens, GA
Neal “Smoke” Boyd, Army Sgt. 1st Class from Haynesvilla, LA, and John Charles Hoxie, Army Sgt. from Philippi, WV
USMC Lance Cpt. Justin “Nate’ Knowles from Columbus, Ohio, and Ramon Padilla, Army Staff Sgt. from El Monte, CA
Robert Andrzejczak, Army Specialist, Cape May, NJ
Thomas McBride, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, Long Valley NJ. and Nicholas Kouldchar, Army Specialist, from Montrose, MI.
Army Sgt. Paul “Mac” McAlister II and Service Dog “George”
Sgt. 1st Class, Juanita Wilson, the first America mother to lose her limbs in Iraq. She is from Chicago, Illinois.