The warping of American society: political correctness, assault by lawyer, and more

By Nathan Barton

Tradition, indeed, everyday life, is increasingly warped in the 21st Century. This is not incidental or unintended. Many people doing this warping want to twist society to and past the breaking point. They want to completely change everyday life, not merely due to changes in technology and natural changes in how people interact, but purposefully to mold society to fit THEIR philosophy and THEIR ideology: to gain power for themselves, their families and associates, and their descendants. Power over other people, power over society. They do this because their morality (if we dare call it that) is based on false selfishness and a short-sighted mentality that is purely evil.

They use the legal system (no justice found there) and political correctness (warping of public opinion and political pressure) to get their way.

Consider some recent events.

In New York City, Babylon on the Hudson, the US Army has denied congressional Democrats’ demands to rename “Confederate” streets on historic Fort Hamilton. Fox News reports “The U.S. Army denied requests from several New York Democrats to rename streets on the city’s Fort Hamilton military installation. The Bay Ridge, Brooklyn property is a base for the New York Army National Guard and Reserves and was a key U.S. battery during the Revolution and World War II. Fort Hamilton (which sits at the foot of the Verrazano Bridge) combined with Fort Wadsworth on the Staten Island side to serve as a crucial defense of New York Harbor. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) of Brooklyn was one of several city Democrats who demanded that streets on the base like ‘General Lee Avenue’ and ‘Stonewall Jackson Drive’ be renamed. Clarke joined Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler in sending a letter of protest to the Army over the Confederate names.”

This is not surprising, given the demolition and theft of statues and desecration even of tombstones of CSA dead. I expect it to be quickly followed by efforts in DC itself to rename military installations: Forts Lee and Pickett in Virginia, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Jackson in South Carolina, and Fort Polk in Louisiana are all named for these and other Confederate generals. Surely political correctness and efforts to permanently change American society (and history and geography) demand it be done quickly.

After that, the PC lackeys of the Tranzis can go after more: did you know that Georgia was named after the evil father of the hideous tyrant King George III? That BOTH North and South Carolina are named after that hideous pair of tyrants, King Charles I and King Charles II. And that Maryland is named (gasp!!!) after the Mother of Jesus? To say nothing of Santa Fe (Holy Faith), Los Angeles (the Angels), St. Augustine (a Catholic saint), Custer City (South Dakota) (a notorious murderer of “Native Americans”) and worse? These MUST be changed.

Mama’s Note: Why just “Confederate” names? Maybe everyone would be happier if each road was numbered consecutively, 1 through however many, going west to east, with all the others being given letters north to south, with additional numbers if there happened to more than 26 of them. All the little offshoot streets and lanes could be composites. Sure would be easier to read a map then. I spent 14 years trying to find street addresses in So. Calif. with a Thomas Guide. Total frustration much of the time. And then, some roads have more than one name… often three! Many places in the southwest also use Indian (or phony Indian) names that nobody can even pronounce. Let’s just simplify the whole thing.

In Maine, Governor LePage has been sued for “censorship” because he blocked comments from some people on his personal Facebook account. As reported by Raw Story, “The Maine chapter of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking Gov. Paul LePage to court for deleting comments and blocking users from his verified Facebook account. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in a federal court in Maine on behalf of two residents (who say they were blocked) is asking the court to deem the action unconstitutional. It sought the Republican governor be stopped from ‘censoring’ Facebook users and the restoration of posting privileges of those blocked. Similar lawsuits were filed on behalf of residents in Kentucky and Maryland, who say they were blocked by their governors on social media, by the ACLU. In a press release Tuesday, the ACLU announced it was filing the lawsuit after the governor did not respond to their request to stop illegally ‘censoring’ constituents on his account, Boston.com reported.”

Note that these people are NOT being blocked from posting anything they want (well, anything future-emperor-to-be Zuckerberg and his lackies at Facebook will allow) on their OWN Facebook accounts – it is just that these governors are not letting them post on the governor’s pages. If I wanted to, I could do the same thing – I could keep the likes of Billie Sutton (Demo running for governor in SD) or John Thune (GOP SD senator) from posting on MY Facebook account. And it would be no more “censorship” than what LePage or others do. But in the weird world of Tranzis and snowflakes, this is a crime.

Which raises two more points. First, notice that the warping of society includes the twisting of definitions of common words. “Censorship” is redefined, just as “rights” are. Second, just because people have the right of free speech does not mean that anyone (even politicians) can be forced to LISTEN to this speech, especially in a situation where it is much like invading their bedroom and sitting there talking to them while they are trying to do something else. (I’m sure that some people will tell me that I’m dead wrong and that politicians (and everyone else) should be FORCED to listen.)

In DC, we find yet another case of what would once have been called an abuse of the legal system. There, Metro has been sued over refusal to run some ads. Again, as reported by Raw Story.

“Washington, D.C.’s [sic- it is a regional system not just the District of Columbia] transit system is being sued over its refusal to feature ads for Milo Yiannopoulos, an abortion provider, and PETA. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday announced the lawsuit, which asks the court to order the agency to accept and run the ads in its trains and stations and in and on its buses. ‘This case highlights the consequences of the government’s attempt to suppress all controversial speech on public transit property,’ Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU-DC and lead counsel in the case, said in a statement. ‘The First Amendment protects the speech of everyone from discriminatory government censorship, whether you agree with the message or not,’ he added. Among the ads the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority refused to display was one from women’s healthcare collective Carafem that features a picture of a white pill along with the text ’10-Week-After Pill’ and ‘For abortion up to 10 weeks. $450. Fast. Private.'”

This is a situation of “a pox on both their houses.” First, the government has no business running trains and buses, nor competing with private business and land (and wall) owners for advertising dollars. (The reason they do it is obvious: the income offsets the vast losses government-owned/run mass transportation has every year.) Second, the ACLU plays these kinds of games all the time, when they do not like the cause being advertised. Third, Metro does the same thing: it and its liberal administrators and statist managers are fine with advertising for causes that they support: the war on some drugs, Planned Parenthood, various liberal causes, etc. Fourth, government which favors the prominent (even dominant) political causes naturally will ally itself with those who want no real alternative to business as usual. And, of course, it is government that runs the courts.

The last three examples are just a very few of many. Neither political correctness nor assault by lawyer are in any way protecting society, even if the immediate justification is supposedly to do just that. Nor do they promote liberty.

About tpolnathan

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4 Responses to The warping of American society: political correctness, assault by lawyer, and more

  1. Nathan Barton says:

    Thomas, Mama:
    Yes, DO make us laugh! Please, we need to.
    I grew up in the Great Plains, and streets usually made sense (except for that mess in Downtown Denver). Then I got a summer job in Rhode Island while in college, and found out how messed up things could be. One street might have three or four names in just one city – and where it crossed into another city, it would have more names! And numbering systems started at the beginning of each street name with “1” and “2” – whereas in the west, almost inevitably the house numbers were all based on someplace being “0” E and “0” N.
    And then I started doing work in Utah and nearby areas. Love the old “LDS” numbering system for streets and houses. Everything was done in terms of a grid, or did originally. 100 East 200 North Street. Only the two major streets were named: State and Main, or Temple and State, or whatever.
    But Rhode Island prepared me for Europe and totally illogical numbering. And for many years, rural England had no house or other numbers, just names. “Fern Cottage on Upper Islington High Street North” – lots of fun.

    But as for politically correct names, well! Years ago, inspired in part by El Neil, I wrote a satirical series of articles about how the (former) City of Fort Collins’ city council began to make the City politically correct – particularly peace-loving. Gone would be streets named for Curtis LeMay and George Patton, and even Washington and Lincoln and Roosevelt (both of them) must go because they were warmongers. Ultimately, even the city’s name was changed to “Poudre City” because Fort Collins was too militaristic, until someone pointed out that “Cache La Poudre” (name of the river (Slade’s Creek, to El Neil) which passes through the city) is french for “Cache of Powder” and did not refer to cocaine, but to (gasp) gunpowder! In the story, they finally decided to rename it “40,-105” for the latitude and longitude.

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    • MamaLiberty says:

      I’m not sure there IS any sort of rational solution to the street name problem. And yes, it was a problem in the most ancient of cities, likely still is – where they are still standing. In small, rural areas the problems with names are less, for the most part, but there are problems indeed. Where I lived in the desert there were lots of “roads” that had simply been graded at some point, many never touched with a blade again, and named for the people who chose to build something out there. Some were quite old. The county didn’t maintain those “roads,” and if asked had little or no interest in them, let alone any names they were given. Those roads did not appear on the maps, and if you needed emergency services, you were usually just flat out of luck. The USPS would not deliver mail any closer than the state highway, and it was very difficult to get delivery people of any kind to come out, even if you managed to fool them the FIRST time. LOL I had to pick up orders in town, 8 miles away. In the event of a good rain, a wash on the “cross street” of my place flooded and might remain impassible for hours or days. I would then have to take a detour of several miles to higher ground to avoid it. Once I got stuck… and had to get myself out. No neighbors either…

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  2. “Maybe everyone would be happier if each road was numbered consecutively, 1 through however many, going west to east, with all the others being given letters north to south, with additional numbers if there happened to more than 26 of them. All the little offshoot streets and lanes could be composites. Sure would be easier to read a map then.”

    You know, I used to think that too, until I moved to Gainesville, Florida. First place I ever really needed GPS assistance to get around in. It’s not number letter, it’s number/number. So there’s a 1st Street, a 1st Avenue, a 1st Terrace, a 1st Court, a 1st Lane, etc. (all NE, NW, SE or SW, of course). And assuming that any particular one will be connected to any particular other? Don’t make me laugh!

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    • MamaLiberty says:

      Oh, exactly, Thomas. That was mostly “tongue in cheek.” And most cities are not built in a rational grid either. One city in So. Calif. defeated my efforts to find addresses for YEARS! The city was laid out over and around a number of hills – as so many are – and the street/roads are set out in curling tangles, with names and numbers seriously irrational and confusing – often changing for no known reason – even with a good Thomas Guide. I never had “GPS” and don’t want it. My niece has it, and gets lost just as often as I ever did. LOL

      In the little town here it is simple enough to find most things, but we have hills too… and every once in a while you discover you can’t really get there from here!! Then again, there are a good number of roads without any street signs. They have names, but not necessarily the same name as the GPS uses. LOL On “Google map,” my driveway is shown as a street! And Google also shows other “streets” in my area that simply do not exist… and never did.

      Don’t know what the answer is, really. These days I solve the problem by staying at home. 🙂

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