A Dictionary for the Politically Incorrect (cont'd)

And now for your enjoyment at the outset of this long weekend, a few more entries in the Dictionary for the Politically Incorrect:"Welcoming and Inclusive Attitude" = what the Establishment Clause provides if you're an Islamofascist or a Druid."A Strict Wall of Separation" = what the Establishment Clause provides if you're a Christian or a Jew."Tax Fairness" = the government's taking money away from people who earn it to give it to people who don't."Compassion" = the proper attitude to adopt towards those crossing the border illegally, even if it's for the tenth time."Accountability" = the proper attitude to adopt towards those trying to stop them."We Can't [...]

2007-05-26T06:38:08-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: |

A Dictionary for the Politically Incorrect (cont'd)

There's been a terrific response to the Dictionary for the Politically Incorrect. Many of the comments show that our readers have had considerable experience with the pseudo-language of liberalism. I say "pseudo-language" advisedly, because that's exactly what it is: The vocabulary of liberalism increasingly consists of a bunch of words from which any fixed meaning has been drained. Thus, to take but one current example, "follow a new direction in Iraq" actually means "surrender and go home," but liberals know the electorate is unlikely to buy this outcome if stated for what it is, so it has to be called something else. Hence the invention of pseudo-language.This [...]

2007-04-29T07:06:31-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: |

Poland's Resistance to Gay Agenda Serves as Useful Example to America

In all of Europe, the country that most closely mirrors America culturally -- and thus the one that may offer the most instructive lessons for us -- is Poland. Sure, we share a long cultural history with Great Britain, and we owe many of our legal traditions to them. But culturally, the closest facsimile to the United States is probably Poland.England is not as far gone as most of the rest of Europe, but it is certainly well into its post-Christian phase. But Poland remains a strongly Christianized society. Decades of Communist oppression could not kill off the devotion of its citizens. For this reason, Ronald Reagan [...]

2007-04-27T08:54:08-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: |

A Dictionary to Educate the Politically Incorrect

Eric Langborgh provides an invaluable service in setting out the history of political correctness and explaining its potential to poison the freedoms traditionally enjoyed in this country, starting but unfortunately not ending with freedom of speech. In the paper he links by Bill Lind, two points immediately struck home with me. As Lind writes:[I]n classical economic Marxism, certain groups, i.e. workers and peasants, are a priori good, and other groups, i.e., the bourgeoisie and capital owners, are evil. In the cultural Marxism of Political Correctness, certain groups are good - feminist women,...blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals. These groups are determined to be "victims," and therefore automatically good regardless of [...]

2007-04-25T20:41:50-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: |

The Origins and History of Political Correctness

Ever wonder what was the impetus for the rampant political correctness that afflicts our land? Whence comes the movement that has subverted the Constitution and America's traditional values and understanding of freedom in favor of "multiculturalism," "diversity," and "tolerance"?After all, these are important questions. The phrase, "know thy enemy," comes to mind.I had the privilege to hear Bill Lind of the Free Congress Foundation speak on this topic a number of years ago at a conference I organized for Accuracy in Academia. As he said in that speech, titled "The Origins of Political Correctness":The fact of the matter is that Political Correctness has a history, a history [...]

2007-04-25T14:38:16-04:00Categories: OPED|Tags: |

The ACLU's 'Hate Speech' Gymnastics

The attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union must be exhausted. It's not easy to contort one's reasoning in such a way that defends the Nazi's right to march while simultaneously supporting so-called hate crimes legislation. Perhaps a little consistency would be less hazardous to their mental health?In recent weeks, the ACLU has come out in strong support of the American National Socialist Workers Party of Roanoke, VA -- a neo-Nazi group -- and their plan to march through a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Cincinnati tomorrow. This is par for their course: the ACLU pushed for -- and won -- the landmark Supreme Court case in favor [...]