Friday, March 18, 2005

THE LEFT'S THOUGHT GULAG

Three Blog Cheers for David Limbaugh. He has given a precise and correct definition for Political Correctness in his Townhall.com article: Lawrence Summers and the left's thought gulag.

"It's time we call political correctness what it is: a liberal code of thought, speech and conduct. Anyone who thinks conservatives are behind any of this lunacy is either uninformed or being dishonest."

I would say it is high time we called a spade a spade (and that is NOT a racist comment no matter how much the Left's Thought Gulag tries to tell you differently.) Words @ Random's Word of the Day section defines it as such:

"To call a spade a spade, which means, ironically for this discussion, 'to speak plainly and bluntly; to speak without euphemisms', is first found in Ancient Greece. The exact origin is uncertain; the playwright Menander, in a fragment, said "I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade," but Lucian attributes the phrase to Aristophanes. Later, Plutarch notes that "The Macedonians are a rude and clownish people who call a spade a spade." (It is worth noting that the Greek word translated as "spade" seems actually to mean something like "bowl" or "trough"; the "spade" may be based on a Renaissance mistranslation. In this case the original expression was "to call a bowl a bowl," and thus the "spade" expression is "only" 500, rather than 2,500,
years old.)"

Unfortunately, they give a nod to the LIBERAL CODE of Political Correctness lest the Thought Police come after them...
"Let's get two things straight here: first, the expression to call a spade a spade is thousands of years old and etymologically has nothing whatsoever to do with any racial sentiment. The second is that in spite of this, some people think it is a racial statement, and therefore it should be treated with some caution."
I say BS to so much as a nod to the LIBERAL CODE! And RIGHT ON Mr. Limbaugh as he goes on to explain the Liberal Code further:
... "The dirty secret -- at least it's a secret to liberals -- is that political
correctness, emanating as it does from a liberal mindset, is not open-minded, it's not inviting, and it's not progressive or enlightened. It is the antithesis of what liberalism claims to be all about."

"No, the liberal code is illiberal, it's close-minded, censorial, tyrannical, oppressive, uncompassionate, intolerant, anti-libertarian, anti-intellectual, anti-academic inquiry, arrogant, proud and unforgiving."

... "How can anyone take such people seriously? They not only don't value President Summers' views (or those of anyone else who runs afoul of the "code"), they won't even let him bring certain subjects up for discussion. This isn't just thought control, it's thought prison."

"The Left is increasingly intellectually bankrupt and delusional. But worse, it has become boorishly dictatorial, not even sparing would-be allies, like Clintonite Lawrence Summers, from its hellish wrath, if they dare not just to disagree with their dogma, but to express a willingness to consider ideas the 'code' forbids."
Go read the Limbaugh article and cheer on this Write Wing Warrior's efforts to expose and eradicate Liberalism.

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!