Posted at 12:00 PM Mar 29, 2010By Andrea Grimes
Anyway, Palin really gives it to the people who take exception to violent and threatening language against Democrats who voted for health care reform. And by "really gives it" I mean "ASGHSLKDHGGHGHGHSH UGHGHGLSJLWIEJF!?" Her hilarious piece of biting, witty, even Voltairian satire is entitled, "Warning: Subject to New Politically Correct Language Police Censorship."
March Madness battles rage! My family and I join millions of Americans enjoying college basketball's finest through March Madness. Underdogs always get my vote as we watch intense competition bring out the best in these accomplished teams.What a damned stupid thing to write. Really, anti-censorship posturing? After, as one Tweep of mine noted, she called for Rahm Emanuel to be fired over his "retarded" statement? Bullet points, engage!
The Final Four is an intense, contested series (kind of like a heated, competitive primary election), so best of luck to all teams, and watch for this principle lived out: the team that wins is the team that wants it more.
To the teams that desire making it this far next year: Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season's targets! From the shot across the bow - the first second's tip-off - your leaders will be in the enemy's crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won't win only playing defense, so get on offense! The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons - your Big Guns - to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.
Focus on the goal and fight for it. If the gate is closed, go over the fence. If the fence is too high, pole vault in. If that doesn't work, parachute in. If the other side tries to push back, your attitude should be "go for it." Get in their faces and argue with them. (Sound familiar?!) Every possession is a battle; you'll only win the war if you've picked your battles wisely. No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead RELOAD!
- Sarah Palin
The worst part? 8,000 people and counting "like" her little bit of hilarity.
- Americans use many, many war and battle metaphors to describe competitive acts, from politics to sports. This is in no way a surprise, and also not proof that war and battle metaphors cannot be used with nefarious intent. Just because I can cut a tomato with a knife doesn't also mean I can't stab some kittens with it, too.
- Most educated people fail to see what is wrong with political correctness. There may be a time and a place for going against it--see excellent satire a la Dave Chapelle, perhaps--but for the most part, our elected leaders ought to see political correctness as something to strive for, not something to gawk and laugh at. Making sure you're being fair, self-reflexive and democratic about your language and belief system isn't shameful--it's what thoughtful people do when engaging in political expression.
- As far as I can tell, no fans or members of the NCAA tournament teams have placed ads in local newspapers featuring photos of congresspersons and their families along with directions to their house. No fans or members of the NCAA tournament teams have vandalized the offices and private residences of opposing teams, severed gas lines or broken windows. Merely transcribing war and battle metaphors on to the NCAA tournament makes no statement about what is actually going on in this particular political arena.
- Further, rarely have sports disputes been resolved by violence. (Days of the Roman coliseum, perhaps, being a notable exception. But if you can't separate your sports and violence ... anyway.) But political disputes have, almost always and forever, been solved (or made worse) by violent acts. In fact, democracy is in place to make sure that that does not happen. Mocking deliberately violent language as "politically correct" shows that the mocker has an incredibly limited understanding of what democracy means and is intended to do. If Sarah Palin thinks it's hilarious to laugh at the use of violent language in an arena wherein violent language has classically lead to the actual deaths of millions of people, Sarah Palin is an asshole of the highest order, and moreover, needs a basic social studies lesson.