Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Freedom, Progressivism | Tags: Altering Language, Free Speech, Political Correctness
Theodore Dalrymple is the pen name of British psychiatrist Anthony Daniels. He was, for many years, a psychiatrist who treated the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England. One of his books, (essential), is Life At The Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass. (2001) in which he suggests that long term poverty is caused, not by economics, but by a dysfunctional set of values, one that is continually reinforced by an elite culture searching for victims. This culture persuades those at the bottom that they have no responsibility for their actions and they are not the molders of their own lives. He writes often at City Journal, where he is an editor and a fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Freedom, History, National Security, News of the Weird, Politics, Statism, The United States | Tags: American History, Political Correctness, The Job of The Schools
April 19, 1775, some 700 British troops arrived in Lexington and came upon 77 militiamen gathered on the town green. A British major yelled “Throw down your arms! Ye villains,ye rebels!” The vastly outnumbered militiamen had been ordered by their commander to disperse when a shot rang out. No one knows which side fired first, but several British volleys were unleashed before order could be restored. When the smoke cleared, eight militiamen lay dead and nine were wounded, while only one Redcoat was injured. The British troops marched on to Concord to search for rebel arms.
The “shot heard round the world” was fired at Concord Bridge, and nearly 2,000 militiamen harassed the British from behind trees, walls and houses as they returned to Boston, 18 miles away.
Students at Lexington High School are presumably conscious of local history, so the dance committee picked “American Pride” as the theme for their upcoming dance.
Students said the administration canceled an “American Pride” dance because it excluded other nationalities, despite the theme getting the most votes from the dance committee.
School officials defended their decision and added they are willing to tweak the theme in order for everyone to be included.
Well, there you go. Is anyone surprised that a public school would feel that “national pride” would be “more inclusive.” Blah, blah, diverse demography of our community. The idea of America is that people from many nations and many different origins can come to America and become Americans. Supposedly, that is why they are here — to become Americans.
The results were predictable, a little publicity and the school caved, the “National Pride” Dance was rescheduled for late April and students can even wear red, white and blue if they so choose.
This needs more than a sigh, and a “there they go again” response. It is ubiquitous in our school systems. “Diversity” and “social justice” and “inclusiveness” are just a few of the words that indicate a mindset that inflicts the establishment that is supposed to be teaching our children reading with understanding, writing with clarity, mastering mathematics, understanding the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, learning about history and government.
We know from international comparisons that our schools are doing a lousy job of that, and graduating kids who cannot master the basics, but they’re well up on the Left’s touchy-feely pap. We are losing our country, and losing the future because we are not alarmed enough. Most of us can’t yank our kids out of school and afford a private school, or quit our jobs and homeschool. Are you ready to attend some school board meetings and raise hell? Did you actually know anything about the school board members you voted for? Do you read your kids’ textbooks and talk to them about their assignments?
You will notice the little militiaman on the school sign. The kids get it, but the staff doesn’t.
“People consider America to be a melting pot, so the fact that it was even considered offensive is what people are a little surprised about,” said student Sneha Rao.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Education, Freedom, History, National Security, Progressivism | Tags: Political Correctness, The Absence of Ethics, The Decline of Academe
Oxford University Press, a leading publisher of schoolbooks, has banned its authors from mentioning pigs, sausages or anything pork related in their books, lest the words offend Muslims and Jews. Observant Jews may follow Kosher laws as far as the food they eat, but I have never heard that they are offended by the mention of pigs. So much for the Three Little Pigs, Olivia, and Charlotte’s Web. The publisher wants to avoid anything that could offend anyone in any of the 150 countries in which they hope to sell their schoolbooks.
Separately, Duke University announced that it would allow the “adhan” — the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast across campus every Friday, saying that it would enhance the religious plurality on campus. More than a few people weighed in on that decision, and Duke University decided — never mind. No one has noticed other major universities falling all over themselves to appeal to any other religious minorities. Mostly, our enlightened academics are attacking Evangelic religions, deploring religiosity, and deploring anything connected with religion .
But, you see, we have a religion amongst us, some of whose adherents do take offense at unbelievers. The fear of giving offense seems mostly to be found in the halls of academe — the very place where young students are supposed to be learning ‘critical thinking skills’ and honoring freedom of speech, yet here in the United States of America Smith College President Kathleen McCartney had to apologize to her students for saying “All Lives Matter” instead of the politically correct “Black Lives Matter.”
And many American universities are having conflict over whether or not to defund any investments in stocks that include Israeli products, because they believe that Israelis are mean to the poor terrorists in Gaza and the West Bank.
It’s been a long time since I graduated from college, but I never remember any professor even giving a hint about their political preferences. They would not have considered that to be ethical. Like I said, it was a long time ago.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Education, Freedom, Intelligence, Liberalism, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: Ill-Informed Students, Political Correctness, Smith College
Smith College President Kathleen McCartney believed she was showing solidarity with students, protesting racism and police brutality when she sent out an email to the entire campus with the subject line: “All Lives Matter.”
The slogan preferred by Smith College students was the more exclusionary “Black Lives Matter.” Have to show our solidarity with the protesters half a continent away who are burning up the town of Ferguson, Missouri because of a tragic incident that had nothing whatsoever to do with race.
Students were not only furious, but offended, according to Fox News.
President McCartney apologized profusely in a second email, saying she had made a mistake “despite my best intentions. I regret that I was unaware the phrase/hashtag “all lives matter” has been used by some to draw attention away from the focus on institutional violence against Black people,”
Well, Ms McCarthy was right in the first place. Our college campuses are well-known as centers of political correctness. Students are there to study because they are young and short on knowledge and experience. The evidence shows that Michael Brown’s killing was not a racial event, nor was the death of Eric Garner. Tragic indeed, but not about race.
Black communities are inclined to have a higher incidence of crime, and the police trying to protect the community are at much higher risk. Crime is decreasing. Most young black men who are killed are killed by other young black men − not by police. Sure there are some bad apples in the nation’s police forces, but for the most part their training emphasizes ways to avoid harm and any excessive use of force. It’s a tough job.
Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) says the silencing of McCartney is just one more example of the grip of political correctness on college campuses. Increasing numbers of teenagers are learning the wrong lessons about speech. They believe they have a right not to encounter ideas that might conflict with their feelings. They need to learn that not every hashtag that comes over the internet is a valid battlecry, and the difference between propaganda and reality.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, Islam, Law, Military, National Security, Progressivism, Regulation, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: ISIS is Here, Misunderstanding Terrorism, Political Correctness
The Investigative Project on Terrorism is critical to our nation’s security. There is no other non-governmental group that has better intelligence or data on the threat to the United States and our allies. Making do with a bare bones budget, the IPT is a national treasure whose influence and achievements are unparalleled.
That is from U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. It is not an exaggeration to say that because of Democrat political correctness hamstringing our FBI agents, they could not combat the Islamists in our midst without Steven Emerson. The former head of FBI Investigations and Counter-Terrorism said “The Investigative Project has been one of the most important sources of accurate and timely information on the real goals and objectives of the widespread and powerful Islamist movement.”
Emerson said “Isis is Al Qaeda 3.0. They are already in the United States and the only reason there has not been a terror attack is that they have not decided to do it yet.”
The FBI has been handcuffed in terms of investigating religious extremists in mosques, as a result of guidelines put out by the attorney general earlier this year. And so therefore, there is… a definite problem now in investigating those militants in the United States who are either recruiting for ISIS or have returned from Syria or Iraq having fought for ISIS, and are ready to carry out freelance or directed terrorist attacks on behalf of ISIS against the United States…
the Department of Justice [which] put out guidelines that restricted the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from using religious factors in identifying threats, national security threats to the United States in the homeland.
…we’re seeing ISIS recruiting biophysicists, engineers, social media types, people who have expertise in really carrying out sophisticated terrorist attacks coming back to the United States.
Emerson says there are three to four hundred ISIS killers in Syria and Iraq with American passports, who can return whenever they want and the Obama administration has blocked the FBI from monitoring them in mosques. Obama will do nothing to revoke the passports of those who have gone to fight with ISIS, and has forbidden the FBI from using Religion to identify terror threats. Political correctness gone amok. I hope we do not have to pay too heavy a price.