Tuesday, December 07, 2004

All in the name of inclusiveness!? Part 2

A good friend of mine sent me this article by Dennis Prager.

Blue America: The land of the easily offended

There are some briliant points made by Dennis...

If you're one that doesn't like to go and read the whole article, it starts out showing opposites, liberal-conservative, red state-blue state, secular-religious, and boils it down for sake of this article to the easily offended & the not so easily offended.

I am continually astounded at how often members of the audience (usually liberal women) will say they are offended by something I said, when what they really mean is that they don't agree with me.

This is a point that needs to be addressed. I propose that everytime anybody says they are offended, we all ask "are you offended, or do you disagree?" Reading this fact, understanding this fact is not enough, we need to act. I for one, will do this from now on.

It is most unlikely that conservative men or women speak that way – saying, "I am offended" – when they hear liberal speakers.

For one thing, conservatives are so used to being labeled as stupid, bigoted, ignorant, racist, homophobic, sexist, insensitive and intolerant that it is almost impossible to offend them. Moreover, the culture does not allow them to feel offended, since they are not an officially designated minority.

So true, you never hear a white person, a Christian, or a conservative say they are offended. Let's take the example of Linda Ronstadt, she said that when she finds out there is a Fundamental Christian or Republican in her audience it ruins it for her. She meant Fundamentalist, but nobody ever said she knew what she was talking about. Why was there no outrage at this! Imagine if you will, she replaced the words Christian or Republican for the word Jew or Black or Gay. All hell would have broken loose, and she would be Public Enemy #1. Oh well, her relevance to the music world is comparable to...well nothing, who cares what she says anyway?

...take the widely held liberal slogan "War is not the answer." It is pure irrationality. War has ended more evil than anything the left has ever thought of. In the last 60 years alone, it ended Nazism and the Holocaust; it saved half of Korea from genocide; it kept Israel from national extinction and a second Holocaust; it saved Finland from becoming a Stalinist totalitarian state; and according to most of the people who put "War is not the answer" stickers on their bumpers, it saved Bosnian Muslims from ethnic cleansing.

Every so often I read something and say, wow I wish I had written that, this is one of those times.

Liberal Jews and non-Jews claim that "Merry Christmas" offends Jews and other non-Christians. That 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas is of no importance to the easily offended.

This would have been a nice addition to last nights post.

Liberal American Indian spokesmen and other liberals regularly tell us how offensive Indian names of sports teams are. The latest polls show that most Indians have no problem with such names, but liberals are still offended on their behalf. To make the point of how offensive the name "Indians" is for the Cleveland baseball team, one liberal caller once asked me, "How would you feel if a team were named 'Jews'?" I told him that it would be a great day in Jewish history – for 3,000 years, Jews have been looking for fans.

Dennis Prager is great. Thanks for the article...

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