Here’s a question: “What is it about the term “racism” that silences conversation and sends an anticipatory shudder of delight down the spines of politically correct vigilantes of virtue?” Ihave some thoughts about that at RealClearPolitics today. Here’s a teaser:
Like the word “heretic” in an earlier age, “racism” is more weapon than word. Its primary effect is not to describe but to intimidate, ostracize, and silence. What semantic significance it may command is overshadowed by its use as an epithet. Once successfully applied to a person or practice, a sort of secular damnation, or at least excommunication, ensues. Seldom is there any appeal, let alone absolution. Those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, said St. Mark, cannot be forgiven. Racism is the eternal, the unforgivable, sin of our age. Those successfully accused of racism are beyond the pale, cast out into the place offletus et stridor dentium, “of wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Exactly why this should be takes us into deep waters.
Read the whole thing here.
Thanks a lot, Mr. President. And thanks to you, too, Secretary Geithner. You inherited the richest, most productive country in history. And you have set it firmly on course for economic stagnation.
O, those naughty rich folk, daring to cut back on spending during hard times!
Further thoughts about immigration, "racism," and political correctness.
Where do you suppose James Madison would come down on the debate over Arizona’s decision to secure its borders and enforce the law? To ask the question is to answer it, but Washington isn’t listening.
McChrystal ought not to have said what he did in the hearing of that reporter from Rolling Stone. But the substance of what he said must give us pause.
The euro was part of the European elites' grand EUtopian master-plan. In other words, a prescription for immiseration and political ruin.
A student asks Rep. Bob Etheridge if he fully supports the Obama agenda and the reaction is a combination of anger, contempt, and physical abuse.
What’s wrong with this picture? Israeli edition. (Also file under: "What would you have done?")
The Obama surprise: incompetent and arrogant and not overfond of the executive's job.
Buy one of these forthright educational pamphlets. Convert a liberal. Save the nation.
The California congressman gave a well informed and supremely relevant speech that shamed both the Mexican president and the Democrats who cheered his hypocrisy on immigration. (Update: "Who was Congress applauding?")
The maw is always open. The appetite limitless. When it comes to government subsidy, the answer is Never Enough.
The Obama administration has shafted the UK; why is one his Mao-quoting former advisors working with Tory leader David Cameron?
To hear the left tell it, Rush Limbaugh is one of those bitter neanderthals addicted to “guns and religion” that candidate Obama warned of in 2008. Yet he's in the Wall Street Journal sounding like a cross between James Madison and George Orwell. How can that be?
What should we make of Obama’s merriment regarding America's overtaxed citizens? What does it tell us about his sense of humor? More importantly, what does it tell us about his character?
The New York Times columnist's latest is something extra special, even by Rich’s standards. (Also read Ed Driscoll: Frank Rich covers all the bases.)
If, as a recent headline suggests, Hillary Clinton is only just now noticing that al-Qaeda is seeking the bomb, no wonder the American people don't expect much from this week's Nuclear Security Summit in DC.
President Obama announced that the United States won't respond with nuclear weapons even if it suffers a crippling biological, chemical, or cyberattack. Are you feeling safer now?
The “debate” over health care “reform” was a sickening spectacle: Can Nancy Pelosi find the right bribes to win over a few more wavering congressmen?
Team Obama is looking for ways to pass the Democrats’ health care bill without, you know, precisely passing it.
But where, I wonder, will Eric Holder propose trying this disgusting person?
Update: Hold the champagne?
As transparent as a bottle of Genco Olive Oil.