“What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death”!
The previous words were spoken at the conclusion of his speech in 1775, about the oncoming Revolutionary War. I use his words to illustrate how far we have gone off track with the Multi-culturism and Political Correct speech that has been gradually eroding away our Constitutional Right of Free Speech.A perfect example of the extremes that “PC” has brought to us, is this story from the Chicago Tribune.An Illinois delegate for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama resigned after using the word “monkeys” to describe black children playing in a tree, the Obama campaign said Tuesday. Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, a trustee in the Chicago suburb of Carpentersville, was issued a $75 ticket for disorderly conduct after neighbors complained to police. She says the word wasn’t meant racially and she will fight the ticket. “Given the incident, Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski is stepping down as a delegate and will be replaced,” said Obama spokeswoman Amy Brundage.
The incident occurred Saturday, when two children were playing in a tree next door to Ramirez-Sliwinski’s house. She said the parents were outside supervising the children, but she went over and told them to get out of the tree because she was concerned about the boys’ safety and because the small magnolia tree was being damaged. The father of one of the boys told her it was none of her business, she told the Chicago Tribune, and “I calmly said the tree is not there for them to be climbing in there like monkeys.” The mother of one boy called police. Cmdr. Michael Kilbourne said Tuesday a ticket was issued because the ordinance bans conduct “that disturbs or alarms people”.Editor’s Note: And the politically correct hate-speech insanity comes full-circle to bite a Progressive-Leftist right in the behind!
This woman didn’t use the “N” word, she did not curse or swear. She did not threaten the children, but the police gave here a ticket-YES A TICKET, for “disturbing or alarming people”!What have we come to here in the USA, when anything you say can be interpreted as hurtful and result in an arrest or citation?What happened to freedom of speech.You can publish all the pornographic pictures you want on the Internet, put a Crucifix upside down in a bottle of urine, call an Irish man a “Mic”and it all is protected by the first amendment. Or so say the Courts of the Land.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as “Hymies” and New York City as “Hymietown.” Jackson first denied the remarks, but eventually apologized and much of the fall-out blew over. He remains the head of the Rainbow Push Coalition, and continues to speak out against similar remarks by others as if he was himself above and better than such things. Double standard at work?
One of the most hurtful things a person can say is to call a person a liar. General Petraeus was called a liar by prominent members of the Democrat party in both houses of Congress, and President Bush has been called a liar in the Newspapers and on the campaign trail innumerable times. No harm, no foul? Or are some groups out of bounds and all the rest of us fair game?