A few hours ago, "Shoptask" (presumably its owner, John Taylor, although he
never admits to having any name) in effect called me a racist: "Having said
that, he now has another entire population to despise because God endowed them
with a different skin color and funny way of speaking. One can only shudder at
what festering bile would spew forth if we bought machines from Africa."
Somebody just sent me the following. In the spirit of Gunner's long copies of
various pieces of 2nd Amendment information, I offer to you Charlton Heston's
1999 speech to the Harvard Law School Forum.
So how does this relate to Shoptask etc.? His espoused politically correct view
would prohibit anybody from pointing out the shortcomings of imported trash, as
the stuff is made in other places by people of other races and therefore any
attack on their products must also be an attack on these races themselves.
Ergo, racism. Unless you buy Chinese/Indian/Taiwanese/whatever imports, you are
racist. It doesn't matter that the merchandise is substandard, you MUST buy to
be politically correct!
I am proud to be politically incorrect, free to speak my own mind. And on
occasion to point out that the emperor is running around *** again, which
gives me great personal pleasure (no matter who the emperor happens to be).
That does not, however, mean that I am a racist, much as Shoptask would like to
paint me with that brush as it is his only remaining defense. (Actually, I
listened to an interview with civil rights activist/comedian*** Gregory the
other day, and he has a quite different take on racism as opposed to prejudice.
One is systematic and official, one is personal. By Gregory's standards,
Shoptask doesn't have a clue what racism is). This sort of muddle-headed
political correctness to serve a hidden agenda is just one more example of what
Charlton Heston talks about below. Read it and think.
For 50 years, the Harvard Law School Forum has been sponsoring speeches by
luminaries ranging from Fidel Castro to Gerald Ford to Dr. Ruth. Sometimes
the speeches have generated a bit of media coverage, sometimes not. But one
given last month by Charlton Heston has taken on a life of its own. Heston,
the actor and conservative activist, delivered a stem-winder to about 200
listeners about "a cultural war that's about to hijack your birthright to think
and say what resides in your heart."
'Winning the Cultural War'
Charlton Heston's Speech to the Harvard Law School Forum, Feb 16, 1999
I remember my son when he was five, explaining to his kindergarten class
what his father did for a living. "My Daddy," he said, "pretends to be people."
There have been quite a few of them. Prophets from the Old and New
Testaments, a couple of Christian saints, generals of various nationalities
and different centuries, several kings, three American presidents, a French
cardinal and two geniuses, including Michelangelo. If you want the ceiling
repainted I'll do my best. There always seem to be a lot of different fellows
up here. I'm never sure which one of them gets to talk. Right now, I guess
I'm the guy.
As I pondered our visit tonight it struck me: If my Creator gave me the gift
to connect you with the hearts and minds of those great men, then I want to
use that same gift now to reconnect you with your own sense of liberty of
your own freedom of thought ... your own compass for what is right.
Dedicating the memorial at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln said of America, "We
are now engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether this nation or any
nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure." Those words are true
again. I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural
war that's about to hijack your birthright to think and say what resides in
your heart. I fear you no longer trust the pulsing life*** of liberty
inside you ... the stuff that made this country rise from wilderness into
the miracle that it is.
Let me back up. About a year ago I became president of the National Rifle
Association, which protects the right to keep and bear arms. I ran for
office, I was elected, and now I serve ... I serve as a moving target for
the media who've called me everything from "ridiculous" and "duped" to a
"brain-injured, senile, crazy old man." I know ... I'm pretty old ... but
I'm sure, Lord, I ain't senile. As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who
target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the
only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand
that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor,
certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated. For example, I marched for
civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 - long before Hollywood found it
fashionable. But when I told an audience last year that white pride is just as
valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else's pride, they called me a
I've worked with brilliantly talented ***s all my life. But when I
told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights
or my rights, I was called a homophobe. I served in World War II against the
Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling
out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an
anti-Semite. Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed***against
my country. But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural
persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.
From Time magazine to friends and colleagues, they're essentially saying,
"Chuck, how dare you speak your mind. You are using language not authorized
for public consumption!" But I am not afraid. If Americans believed in
political correctness, we'd still be King George's boys-subjects bound to
the British crown.
In his book, "The End of Sanity," Martin Gross writes that "blatantly
irrational behavior is rapidly being established as the norm in almost every
area of human endeavor. There seem to be new customs, new rules, new
anti-intellectual theories regularly foisted on us from every direction.
Underneath, the nation is roiling. Americans know something without a name
is undermining the nation, turning the mind mushy when it comes to
separating truth from falsehood and right from wrong. And they don't like it."
Let me read a few examples. At Antioch college in Ohio, young men seeking
intimacy with a coed must get verbal permission at each step of the process
from kissing to petting to final *** ... all clearly spelled out in a
printed college directive. In New Jersey, despite the death of several
patients nationwide who had been infected by dentists who had concealed their
AIDs --- the state commissioner announced that health providers who are
HIV-positive need not ..... need not..... tell their patients that they are
At William and Mary, students tried to change the name of the school team
"The Tribe" because it was supposedly insulting to local Indians, only to
learn that authentic ***ia chiefs truly like the name.
In San Francisco, city fathers passed an ordinance protecting the rights of
***s to cross-dress on the job, and for trans***s to have
separate toilet facilities while undergoing sex change surgery.
In New York City, kids who don't speak a word of Spanish have been placed in
bilingual classes to learn their three R's in Spanish solely because their
last names sound Hispanic.
At the University of Pennsylvania, in a state where thousands died at
Gettysburg opposing slavery, the president of that college officially set up
segregated dormitory space for black students.
Yeah, I know ... that's out of bounds now. Dr. King said "Negroes." Jimmy
Baldwin and most of us on the March said "black." But it's a no-no now. For me,
hyphenated identities are awkward ... particularly "Native-American." I'm a
Native American, for God's sake. I also happen to be a ***-initiated brother
of the Miniconjou Sioux.
On my wife's side, my grandson is a thir***th generation native American
... with a capital letter on "American."
Finally, just last month ... David Howard, head of the Washington
D.C.,Office of Public Advocate, used the word "***rdly" while talking to
about budgetary matters. Of course, "***rdly" means stingy or scanty. But
within days Howard was forced to publicly apologize and resign. As columnist
employ were morons who (a) didn't know the meaning of ***rdly, (b) didn't
know how to use a dictionary to discover the meaning, and (c) actually demanded
apologize for their ignorance."
What does all of this mean? It means that telling us what to think has
evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can't be far
behind. Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did
political correctness originate on America's campuses? And why do you
continue to tolerate it? Why do you, who're supposed to debate ideas,
surrender to their suppression?
Let's be honest. Who here thinks your professors can say what they really
believe? It scares me to death, and should scare you too, that the
superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason. You are the
best and the brightest. You, here in the fertile cradle of American
academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the
cream. But submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most
socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge.
long as you validate that ... and abide it ... you are-by your grandfathers'
Here's another example. Right now at more than one major
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