Political Correctness is
Political Correctness In The Military
Scott at Powerline blog
how deep does the culture of political correctness run in the military
and the service academies? We're getting some idea in the case of
Major Nidal Malik Hasan. The Hasan story has rightly overwhelmed
the news. Evidence of the red flags preceding his murder spree
continues to accumulate and enrage. One inevitably sees in the
disregarded red flags a case of political correctness run amok.
The story of the Naval Academy's insufficiently
colorful color guard has not quite broken out yet, and perhaps it won't,
but it provides additional context to the case of Nidal Hasan. It
appears that Naval Academy senior commanders decided during the World
Series to remove two Midshipmen from the color guard that appeared. What
was their offense? The color guard was deemed too white and too male.
There was accordingly a push to make the color guard more "diverse."
Two members of the color guard were removed and
replaced by a Pakistani and a woman to achieve the requisite
"diversity." The Pakistani unfortunately forgot his cap and shoes. He
himself had to be replaced at the last minute by one of the two middies
removed earlier. The midshipmen have reportedly been ordered not to
speak of these events (i.e., punishment will be dispensed for violating
a direct order) In any event, the middies aren't talking.
The tale of the insufficiently colorful color guard
initially turned up last week on the
here. The story was picked up by the Navy Times, which ran
this story on Sunday, and by the Washington Post, which follows up
this morning with the
official line of the Navy brass partly disputing earlier accounts.
Commander Salamander returns to the case with a close analysis of this
morning's Post article
UPDATE: Diana West also addresses the story in
"Diversity über alles."
|The State Department has awarded 1,011 special "diversity visas"
allowing Yemeni nationals to immigrate to the United States since 2000,
the year 17 U.S. sailors were killed when the USS Cole was attacked by
terrorists in the Yemeni port of Aden.
The "diversity visas" are
designed to encourage immigration from countries that do not otherwise
send significant numbers of immigrants to the United States.
Winning applicants are selected at random by computer and sent a
notification letter. They are given an interview date at the U.S.
embassy or consulate in their country, and, if they pass the interview,
are allowed to enter the United States as legal permanent residents.
here . . .
|It Is Us
that we're the ones who allowed anti-Americans to take over America.
Barack Hussein Obama did not sneak into power. An army of
clueless, disconnected, ignorant Americans invited him to bring his
Marxist, glaringly anti-American jihad into our lives. This guy's
overtly destructive, clear-and-present-danger agenda is surpassed in
transparency only by his ultra-leftist public voting record and overall
lifetime conduct of consorting with the enemy as a child and student of
Marxism, socialist and racist community organizer, congregant of the
blatant America-hating black-theology- and social-justice-spewing Rev.
Jeremiah Wright and close personal friend of convicted communist
terrorists like Bill Ayers, and by his unflinching appointment of an
array of communist czars, including Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, Anita
Dunne, et al. So let me get this straight: You claim your
intentions were noble because you simply wanted to get your child a
puppy but somehow didn't notice that it was foaming at the mouth, and
now you're shocked that your child has rabies? I think not.
That is not a mistake. It is negligence -- dangerous, life
threatening and, I am convinced, downright criminal negligence.
And the price for such negligence is catastrophic, don't you know.
But it gets worse. For, you see, the blame doesn't fall just
on the obvious stupidity of our friends and families who voted for this
corrupt, death-wish government in whose stranglehold we find ourselves.
Ultimately, it is our fault. It is the failure of those of us who
know better but have failed miserably to educate our own. Living
our lives with a captive audience of family, friends, co-workers,
socialites, fellow worshippers at church and other parents at school --
everyone in our everyday walks of life -- far too many of us have
allowed uneducated, history-devoid, denial-riddled, fantasy-driven,
anti-gun and anti-hunting, anti-capitalism general ignoramuses to remain
so and run amok, when by all thoughtful considerations, it was our duty
to educate and upgrade everyone in our lives to truth, logic and the
It is the terminal curse of apathy and disconnect
that got us into this shameless mess we find America in today, and in
all honesty, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
We all saw it
coming, but political correctness caused most of us to clam up in the
ridiculous mindset that it was more important to avoid hurting feelings
than to stand up for what we knew in our hearts was being trampled
underfoot. Sadly, America has become a nation of
ultra-thin-skinned, whining little girls, afraid of our own shadows and
so cowardly as to back away from the simple solution of speaking the
truth when we know we are supposed to do so
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