We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.
We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case. And we have always regarded them with a mixture of pity, and to be truthful, some amusement, because it has struck us as so strange that people would allow a situation to develop where they would be afraid of what words they used. But we now have this situation in this country. We have it primarily on college campuses, but it is spreading throughout the whole society. Were does it come from? What is it?
You know, when I was in school learning about the Cultural Revolution I always thought that the Red Guard seemed like a bunch of idiotic a**holes high on the smell of their own farts.
Now that the Red Guard has come to the United States, I can confirm: these people are indeed bunch of idiotic a**holes high on the smell of their own farts.
The "hate speech is violence and must be met with more violence because the Nazis weren't stopped right away!" argument needs to die in a fire. It is just. so. wrong. Sigh. They really need to start teaching civics in public schools again...
" For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic."
The aim here is to create consensus. The left needs consensus to create political will, to elect governments that will implement the left's political agenda. The enemy of consensus is dissent. Those who disagree are dangerous as they prevent consensus. They may also persuade others to their viewpoint. The left has learned that they do not need to convert those who dissent, just shut them down. Dissenters also make left wingers uncomfortable as many of their ideas are simply accepted without much scrutiny. The dissenter's viewpoint sounds logical to their rational mind and threatens their ideology. Their ideology is part of who they are and how they think of themselves. An attack on their ideas is an attack on them, and this must not be tolerated.