political correctness

The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Note that the university is no more likely to change the name of Stanford to something like Amah Mutsun University to rectify the theft of indigenous peoples' lands than Yale University is willing to give up the names of its slave-owning founders. The selective outrage is not just because old white Neanderthal alumni love going to Yale or Stanford iconic football games, but rather because tens of thousands of woke nonwhite students and alumni are proud of their tony 'Yale' and 'Stanford' diplomas. They are not about to destroy their career investments in such a brand name on the altar of systematic and coherent politically correct name-changing.

It’s Against The Rules To Criticize Liberals

According to liberals, Donald Trump has coarsened politics by hitting back and standing up for himself and his ideas, instead of stoically taking the pummeling they dish out. Now that Trump has announced there are new rules to the game and he is going to hit back, there’s no end to the Liberal wailing.

Suspicious Fire Destroys Cathedral Of Notre Dame

A number of churches in France have been vandalized during the early part of 2019. Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, burned an altar cloth, destroyed the Eucharist and smeared a cross with excrement. We urge the authorities in France to conduct an honest investigation into the cause of the Notre Dame fire with no taint of political correctness or prejudice.

Chick-fil-A And NRA Prove Democrats Can Never Be Trusted With Power

What’s happened to Chick-fil-A and the NRA prove, there remains no protection except the ballot box to curtail the ability of Democrats to shut down arbitrarily whole classes of businesses they deem to be “politically incorrect.”

The Virtuous Can Never Be Guilty

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Steeles, Smolletts, and Dees of the world will continue to con their way to fame and riches while damaging the country — until it no longer pays. And it will no longer pay when we have the collective courage to accurately and matter-of-factly label Steele a pathological liar and fraud; and Smollett for what he is, a racist con artist; and Dees for what he has become, a virtue-signaling grifter; and our elite college system for what it has descended to, a non-meritocratic, cattle-branding operation that fast-tracks its chosen herd into green careerist pastures.

Environmental Alarmism Killing Mankind’s Most Ancient Dream

Titled “Forget Mars” a recent environmental alarmist article begins with the plea, “Please stop with these reckless journey imaginings” and demands that humans stop “presenting space voyages as inevitable.” Instead, mankind is admonished to throw our collective weight and brains into fixing the harm we’ve done here on Earth and to stop our expansionist pipe dreams.

Diversity Reigns at Oscars. Tantrums Continue

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

It's amazing that ABC broadcast an overlong Academy Awards show where no one mocked President Trump by name. There were just a few snarky remarks about walls, but that's pretty much it. It's equally bizarre that the Oscar for best picture went to "Green Book" — about overcoming segregation in the South — and the leftists came away angry! The hot hashtag used to be #OscarsSoWhite. That's not at all what the winners list looked like this year. These award shows no longer reward talent. They reward their very own brand of self-centered idiocy.

100 Years Of Teaching Children Lies About America

How did we get to a place where 64 percent of the men and women defending our country believe it is the source of most of the world’s ills? Over the next month we are going to explore that question, and the first part of the answer to that question is that our education system has become a vehicle for teaching children to despise their own country, its founders and its founding principles. #theLeftLies

Changing Reality with Words

Victor Davis Hanson, Washington Times

The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy “wetlands.” Fetid “dumps” are often rebranded as green “landfills.” A liberal Democrat was once someone seen as a free thinker. But “progressive” implies that one is more action-orientated and has an evolutionary agenda, not just a methodology. Beware of euphemisms. Radical changes in vocabulary are usually admissions that reality is unwelcome or indefensible.

Liberalism’s PC Petards

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

By defining racism so broadly — liberals routinely extend the charge to philosophical matters such as opposition to affirmative action and amnesty — liberalism created a culture that lent itself to over-accusation and political death penalties. Its tendency to put the worst possible interpretation on all things racial also puts Democrats in a corner. They can’t explain away these incidents as bad taste or bad humor; liberalism always looks for deeper and darker reasons than those. That’s why their apologies have to be so freighted with admissions of enormous guilt.

The Return of Ancient Prejudices

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Recently, other ancient prejudices have been insidiously returning. And this time, the bias is more subtle, and it can be harder to address than traditional racism against non-white populations. The new venom, for example, is often spread by left-wing groups that claim victim status themselves and thus, by their logic, should not be seen as victimizers. what fuels the return of American bias is the new idea that citizens can disparage or discriminate against other groups if they claim victim status and do so for purportedly noble purposes.

Which Parents Should Be Scolded?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

It's hard to fathom in this supercharged atmosphere, but politics actually has been more tumultuous than it is today (see: War, Civil). On the other hand, the war to define — or, better put, redefine — American culture has never been more ferocious. Its militancy has reached the point where many on the libertine-left media are aggressively, and quite publicly, demanding that parents abide by their worldview or be ostracized from polite company.

Attack of the Techno-Lynch Mob

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

We may have iPhones instead of rope, but human nature has not changed. The competition to appear tough, cruel, defiant—and morally superior—is fed by crowds of anonymous laptop and smartphone shock troops. But what has altered is that we now have no sheriff. Or rather, our town marshal—Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc.—are on the mob’s side, as if the bulwark between civilization and savagery has left the porch, joined the mob, and handed them the keys to the jail. Our tech giants selectively censor views. They ban “extremism” only when defined as loud counterrevolutionary conservatism.

Marines Hoist White Flag To Social Justice Warriors

Our friend Elaine Donnelly, founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, gave us the heads-up that Marine Corps Commandant General Robert B. Neller quietly announced on a Friday afternoon that for the first time in history, a platoon of fifty enlisted female recruits would be housed and trained alongside five male platoons.

Some Good Fake News For A Change

Last week the internet was awash in articles claiming that former Secretary of the Navy and Democratic Senator James Webb was under consideration to be the next Secretary of Defense. This turned out to be fake news, which is the best fake news we’ve heard in a long time, because Webb would have made a terrible Secretary of Defense.

Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy Scouts

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

What did it profit the Boy Scouts to gain the PC world and lose its soul? According to press reports, the Boy Scouts organization, reeling from costly homosexual abuse lawsuits, is “considering” bankruptcy. As once-great institutions teeter under the weight of failed liberalism, you would have to be dumb as a rock to stake their “survival” on even more of it. And yet that is often the counsel given by everyone from Gates and Tillerson to Pope Francis and his hapless bishops. If history has taught us anything, it is that liberalism is not an agent of expansion but an acid that burns through everything it touches.

In Memoriam: Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (USN Ret.)

One of the great moments of clarity Admiral Ace Lyons shared with me, and anyone else who would listen, was this: “You must understand,” said Lyons, “Islam is a totalitarian ideology bent on world domination masquerading as a religion.”

Anti-Semitic Trouble in My Old Los Angeles Hood

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Is there a rise in anti-Semitism and, if so, where is it coming from? I won't disguise my view. Pittsburgh aside, today's anti-Semitism is largely, with minor sporadic exceptions, the product of an unholy alliance between the left and Islam. "Liberal" Jews can't face the reality of all this or don't want to, so they ignore it and don't think about it, continuing to spout bromides that were tired in the 1930s. Those bromides bear a distinct resemblance to those that were current in Berlin in those same 1930s.

The Electronic Committee of Public Safety

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Megyn Kelly will probably go into opulent seclusion and find herself disinvited from ceremonial appearances and speaking events, guillotined as a racist, with no more sympathy than a once privileged, beheaded Bourbon. We now fear the lethal wrath of the Internet’s Committee of Public Safety. But beware of fickle revolutionary temperament. Soon our 21st-century Robespierres may become so promiscuous and obnoxious in their beheading that they wear out even the mob — and find themselves next in line on a counterrevolutionary chopping block.

Washington & Lee wets the bed -- makes deal with anti-history devil

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Tilting at snowflake machines, the once proud and serious university has decided to cash out its winnings from history in a hopeless effort to pay off the self-appointed history Gestapo now clanging at the gates with torches and pitchforks. Just ahead of the fiery mob, university officials will take down portraits, lock museum doors and rename buildings on campus in order to protect their precious young adolescents from being exposed to some of the harsher realities of American history — as well as the founding of the university itself. A slippery slope, indeed. What will you surrender the next time they come in a hot fever?