A government that engages in frivolous mischief has way too much money and needs to be cut back until it can’t afford the mischief anymore.
Case in point: a little item in the Drudge Report yesterday, “Seattle officials call for ban on ‘potentially offensive’ language.”
Uh… isn’t all language “potentially offensive”? But the city’s Office of Civil Rights–if your city can afford to have an office of civil rights, human rights, whatever, your city government has too much money–wants to do away with the word “citizen” because it doesn’t include everyone physically present in Seattle, and people who are not citizens might be offended, or fall down foaming at the mouth, or break out in hives, if they hear or read that word.
They also don’t want anyone to use the term “brown bag,” as in “a brown bag lunch,” for that will be offensive to African-Americans who make a career out of being offended.
This city needs its budget reduced until all persons engaged in such inane meddling are unemployed.
Meanwhile, in New York City, the municipal department of education has eschewed a number of common, everyday words.
For instance, the education muck-a-mucks now don’t want to use the word “dinosaur” because it might upset “fundamentalists” (lib-speak: a derogatory term for any Christian who actually believes in Christianity).
This is incredible. First, I know of no “fundamentalist” who insists that there were no dinosaurs. Secondly, coming from the edu-blockheads who run the city schools, and every day club fundamentalists’ children over the head with commercials for sodomy and gender-bending, and sermons on the rightness of abortion, it’s a bit rich, soft-pedaling dinosaurs because they don’t want to hurt Christians’ feelings. These morons have never kept it a secret that they despise Christianity and Christians.
But they also want to get rid of the word “birthday,” because it just might inspire “negative emotions” in some oddball somewhere. Again, this applies to any word in any language.
These “civil rights” language police won’t be happy until we’re all going around with duct tape over our mouths, free to speak only when they give us leave.
Let’s start with a 25% across-the-boards cut in government revenues–city, state, and federal alike–and see where we ought to go from there. Keep cutting until there’s no more diversity, human rights, inclusiveness, yatta-yatta, all the rest.