My favorite Leftist writer these days is Chris Hitchens. On February 4 he wrote a piece for Slate:
|As well as being a small masterpiece of inarticulacy and self-abnegation, the statement from the State Department about this week's international Muslim pogrom against the free press was also accidentally accurate. |
"Anti-Muslim images are as unacceptable as anti-Semitic images, as anti-Christian images, or any other religious belief."
Thus the hapless Sean McCormack, reading painfully slowly from what was reported as a prepared government statement. How appalling for the country of the First Amendment to be represented by such an administration. What does he mean "unacceptable"? That it should be forbidden? And how abysmal that a "spokesman" cannot distinguish between criticism of a belief system and slander against a people.
And that is right on the money. As I've stated before, I'm not a BushBot - Dubya has made decisions that are, quite frankly, outrageous. His stand on illegal immigration and amnesty for illegals is an unfair and an outright pandering to Mexican special interest groups. His criticism of the Minutemen as "vigilantes" was an egregious knee-jerk reaction that shows he is not in touch with reality and doesn't give a fart in a hurricane about the clammering voices of his political base. Bush's social spending is on par with LBJ and some writers have made the case that they are two similar souls when it comes to government spending (God help us.)
But the Administration has gotten it wrong once again on the Dubai ports issue and, on defining what the issue is on the Danish cartoon controversy.
Even the NYTimes is beginning to see the light through their politically correct RayBan sunglasses.
With every new riot over the Danish cartoons, it becomes clearer that the protests are no longer about the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, but about the demagoguery of Islamic extremists. The demonstrators are undeniably outraged by what they perceive as blasphemy. But radical Islamists are trying to harness that indignation to their political goals and their theocratic ends by fomenting hatred for the West and for moderate regimes in the Muslim world. These are dangerous games, and they require the most resolute response.
It is time for moderate Muslims to abandon the illusion that they can placate the Islamists by straddling the fence. It is they who must explain to their people that the cartoons were an isolated incident, and not the face of hostile crusaders. It is they who must make it clear to their people that blowing up mosques, beheading hostages and strapping on belts of explosives are far, far greater evils than a few drawings in a distant paper. They must do so because their future is at stake not Denmark's.
But the Thought Police all over the world are very busy at work eroding our rights away by invoking the slogans "offensive" and "respect" in at every instance that someone pipes up and says his feelings were hurt by some comment or other.
The Mayor of London was just suspended from office for a 4 week term because he said the following to a reporter:
Mayor to Finegold: "What did you do before? Were you a German war criminal?"
Oliver Finegold: "No, I'm Jewish. I wasn't a German war criminal."
Later, the mayor said: "Actually you are just like a concentration camp guard. You're just doing it because you're paid to, aren't you?"
The mayor later commented that "the ruling strikes at the heart of democracy. He added, "Elected politicians should only be able to be removed by the voters or for breaking the law."
That is right.
But now it is becoming illegal to voice your opinion about an issue that is adjudged to be "politically sensitive." Historian David Irving was recently sentenced to 4 years in prison for publicly denying that the holocaust occurred.
I do believe the holocaust did occur but - and here is a Big But - if someone wants to discuss the possibility that the holocaust was exaggerated or the numbers of Jewish deaths was inflated or whatever - don't you have the right to say so? Don't you have the right to Freedom of Speech and expression?
Not for long - as our Liberal Courts continue to dip into constitutional law overseas (Eurabia) we will start to see more and more restrictions on our Freedoms. The Liberals have started to see that they can't win at the ballot box so they're using their guerrilla tactics through the courts. As more and more groups start to whine about being "offended" - our liberals will continue to push for a narrowing of what is considered to be offensive. Pretty soon, "Good Morning" will be punishable by jail time.
Because of the First Amendment - this is the greatest country in the World. No doubt.
Remember - the Second Amendment is the guardian of ALL of our rights.