Archive for December, 2004

>Spinspeak: The Language of Choice of the “Easily Offended”

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

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Why does the liberal mind have such an affinity for spinspeak?

Columnist Dennis Prager in describing “Blue America: The Land of the Easily Offended” sheds much light on the answer. Prager says:

With the acknowledgment that there are many individual exceptions, a major defining characteristic of modern-day liberalism is the ease with which liberals take offense personally and/or on behalf of others.

Liberals regularly portray as offended women, African Americans, Jews, American Indians, gays and every other group liberals declare a minority, i.e., any group that votes Democrat — no group that votes Republican, such as Mormons, Cuban Americans and Vietnamese Americans, is considered a “minority.” All other groups are constantly warned that almost anything they say that is not patronizing of those groups is offensive (and therefore subject to litigation).

The emotion-laden mindset of the easily offended thrives on such spindoc offerings as the vocabulary of political correctness, mushmundspeak, psychobabble and gooeytalk.

Isolated by spinspeak from reality, the easily offended wander in the Garden of Corrupted Language. Eating from the Tree of Facts is unthinkable. And all commentary no matter how expert is taken personally.

>Have a Merry Belief System

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

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Secular junkies and politically correct police have won a new great victory: Congress has erected on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol something called a “Holiday Tree.”

You will not be surprised to learn that this 70-foot tree looks exactly like a Christmas tree. But by calling it that you will be offending people of diverse culture and religion (Muslim terrorists, for example), pagans, atheists and fellow-traveling bleeding hearts.

This spinspeak triumph, of course, comes on top of the growing effort this year to exclude the involvement of God with Thanksgiving.

As Columnist Michelle Malkin reports, the State of Maryland has proclaimed that “Maryland public school students are free to thank anyone they want while learning about the 17th century celebration of Thanksgiving — as long as it’s not God.”

Maryland public school officials have turned Thanksgiving into a multicultural harvest devoid of its spiritual essence. Students are taught that Pilgrims had a “belief system,” but nothing further. Not to worry, though. The Pilgrim Story is read in Spanish and English….

The “National Holiday Tree” comes with 5000 ornaments and 10,000 lights but no manger. Presumably one is permitted on viewing the tree (possibly while dancing around it) to sing that old popular song that begins: “O holiday tree, O holiday tree” and wish everyone a “Merry Belief System.”