Racist. Sexist. Ableist. Ageist. These are left-wing smear words that pervaded college campuses and Democrat rags for ages — long after the words lost their proper punch. Overuse of the terms rendered them dull swords, and now, when one wields them, a simple “get a life” is usually a good enough shield against them.
There are few things that bother me more than whining. I am deeply suspicious of those who are constantly offended by every little slight, every little slip of the tongue, every folly man inevitably stumbles into. The perpetual victim is, without fail, highly insecure and has a warped understanding of the human condition. When I hear, for instance, that Rahm Emanuel threw around the term “f**king retarded” as an insult, I instantly think, If someone chronicled my every off-color remark, I wouldn’t come up smelling like roses, either. Not Saint Sarah. She’s angry. She’s offended. She’s politically correct.
In a Facebook post titled “Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?,” Palin wrote, “Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the ‘N-word’ or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them — is unacceptable,” adding, “it’s heartbreaking.”
Palin added, “As my friend in North Andover says, “This isn’t about politics; it’s about decency. I am not speaking as a political figure but as a parent and as an everyday American wanting my child to grow up in a country free from mindless prejudice and discrimination, free from gratuitous insults of people who are ostensibly smart enough to know better… Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
Oh, what a whiner! Is Sarah angling to be the next Jesse Jackson or Abraham “Did I hear you use the word Jew, you anti-Semite?” Foxman?
First of all, the word “retarded” is not equivalent to the word “nigger.” The latter has historical connotations that imply the inherent inferiority of black people. To use it conjures images of slavery, segregation, and Southern police brutality. The word “retarded,” while somewhat mean, is roughly the same as the contemporary usage by young boys of the word “gay” to mean “stupid.” “Retarded” falls into that same category. It’s clear how it evolved, and consequently, it’s rude — but it’s not something to erupt over. Nobody actually thinks that Rahm Emanuel harbors any animosity toward people who are, well, retarded.
Second, isn’t Sarah Palin supposed to be the moose-huntin’, pistol-packin’ mama of the North? A tough-as-nails woman in a man’s domain? — And aren’t we supposed to be the “grow a spine” party? Apparently not, because this is not an isolated incident. Remember this?
“The choice of photo for the cover of this week’s Newsweek is unfortunate,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. “When it comes to Sarah Palin, this ‘news’ magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner’s World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness — a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation.”
“The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context,” she adds.
Get a grip, girlfriend. (Also, a copy of The Elements of Style: “the irrelevant rather than the relevant” — omit needless words, omit needless words…) I’m tired of whining. I don’t want a Republican Sensitivity Police. I want a fighter. I’m not interested in going after liberals because they’re “ableist, sexist, and elitist.” I’m interested in going after them because they want to enforce their distorted morality at the point of a gun. So with all due respect, madam: this is the national stage — put up with it or shut up. We’re not professional victims — we’re supposed to be the opposite: we’re supposed to be conservatives.
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