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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How long until we run out of acceptable words?

People with weak arguments will often attempt to stifle opposition. One way that is done is by claiming certain things are unacceptable to say. On matters of race, we have evolved over time to recognize some terms (the "N" word for example) are not to be used in any context. In time it went from the truly ugly racial epitaphs being forbidden to a general fear over using any word that could be confused for a racial generalization or stereotype. Since there was such success at stifling speech with the fear of being labeled a racist those of that mindset decided to go a step further and have declared that certain words or sayings are actually loaded "code words" used as substitutes to send racial messages. After the GOP convention some idiots decided that Mayor Giuliani and Gov. Palin were racist for derisively mocking community organizer as an occupation. A couple days ago, Jonah Goldberg, a columnist with National Review Online, was accused of using a racial code word for using the word "cakewalk." Turns out that used to be the name of a slave dance in the old south. While I suppose that's true, there is no doubt the columnist was referring to an easy victory and intended no racial overtones. Now, we have a moronic columnist in Kansas City declaring that criticizing Sen. Obama's economic plans as a form of socialism is using an ugly racial code word. What? Read this snippet of the column and tell me why this goof is still employed:
The "socialist" label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots.
McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare.

Shame on McCain and Palin.
What a marooon!

I wonder if we could get these race baiting clowns to give us a complete list of forbidden words. It might be worth it IF we could get them to agree not to add any more words to the list the next time they feel they are losing an argument or an election.


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