By: Mr. Wonderful
Thank you Barry Obama – thank you for proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that you’re a typical liberal willing to pander to the fascist notion of “political correctness.”
After delivering a rousing speech on race that, for a minute even had me fooled, Barack Obama turns around and sacrifices free speech for the comforts of political correctness, and all in the name of race. Barry the “great American” decided to ask one of his delegates and supporters to step down after she was accused at making a “racist” comment. While the comment was laughable and the accusation of racism a stretch, to say the least, the implications this incident has to the future of the First Amendment in this country is nothing to laugh at. His actions, as well as the actions of others involved in this case illustrate how our right to free speech is being replaced with state-sponsored Political Correctness. A disturbing thought, indeed!
Here’s what happened - Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, a Carpentersville village trustee, apparently told two neighbor children who were playing in the tree next-door to her house to, “quit playing in the tree like monkeys.” Apparently, the mother of these lovely, African-American children considered the comment to be racist and she called the Carpentersville police. Ramirez-Sliwinski said she did not mean the comment as a racial slur – she claims to have said it because she was worried that the children might fall from the tree and hurt themselves. The police apparently didn’t see it that way, and issued her a $75 ticket for “disorderly conduct, which they define as “When a person does something that alarms or disturbs another.”
And when it rains, it truly pours for Ms. Ramirez-Sliwinski. Before this incident, she was elected as an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and reportedly displays an Obama sign proudly in her front yard. Not anymore! In addition to the ticket, the incident persuaded Obama’s campaign (it’s always his people doing the dirty work) to call her and ask her to step aside as a delegate, citing her remarks as “divisive and unacceptable.” Ramirez-Sliwinski complied, citing she also will not run again as Carpentersville village trustee.
In her defense, the allegations of “racism” are a bit of a stretch. First of all, as a Carpentersville village trustee, Ramirez-Sliwinski has a reputation for representing the area’s 40 percent Hispanic population. Some of the … ahem … highlights of her tenure include opposing an English-only proposition and an ordinance to crack down on illegal immigrants. Granted these actions seem to benefit the Hispanic population of which she is a member, but they still clearly indicate a leaning to the left. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned, liberals can do no wrong!
Let’s take a look at what was said. Monkeys? Seriously? Now I’m no zoologist, but I’m fairly certain that most species of monkey is known for cavorting about in trees in a wild and unrestrained fashion. Hence, children recklessly playing in trees could very well draw a legitimate comparison. In fact, my childhood memories include an incident when my brother and I were furiously jumping on and off the living room couch. Our (white) grandmother demanded we “stop acting like monkeys” or she would tell our father. Rather than phoning the ACLU, my brother and I wisely opted to find another, less rambunctious form of amusement.
This sordid case bears more than just a passing resemblance to the infamous “water buffalo” incident that happened in 1993 at the University of Pennsylvania. For those who don’t recall, then-freshman Eden Jacobowitz yelled "Shut up, you water buffalo. If you're looking for a party, there's a zoo a mile from here" from his dormitory window to a group of black women who were making noise and interrupting his studying. The infuriated women charged Jacobowitz with racial harassment under the university's hate-speech policy. In his defense, Jacobowitz insisted his comment was not racist, and that the phrase was a rough translation of a Hebrew slang "Behema," which is used by Jews to refer to a loud, rowdy person. Unlike the case involving Ramirez-Sliwinski, this one had a happy ending - the women later dropped the charges and Jacobowitz settled his lawsuit against the university. (Score one for free speech advocates everywhere!)
Putting all humor aside, though, this situation illustrates in grave detail that the true threat to free speech in this country is not coming from the right, it’s coming from the left … and in juggernaut-like fashion. What’s even more disturbing is the insidious way in which the law and “propriety” were used to legally enforce political correctness, as if it were law. For comparing the children to monkeys, the police write Ramirez-Sliwinski a ticket, Barry’s people asked her to step down, and she no doubt was pressured by the remaining Carpentersville village trustees to not seek re-election. The message here is disturbing as it is clear - be politically correct, or suffer dire consequences.
So, its seems the liberals have succeeded at legislating morality - their morality. While there’s no official law on the books that states all speech must be politically correct, and there are no official punishment guidelines for transgressors, the evil of political correctness has become the law of the land, thus usurping our rights as Americans. (Expect the liberals to be dancing in the streets.) And poor Ms. Ramirez-Sliwinski has become yet another casualty in this ongoing war on the First Amendment. But Americans who believe that their First Amendment rights are more important than Political Correctness must stand up and fight these insidious forces within our very country. When one person misspeaks, it’s easy for them to pounce, but when everyone stands up against this intolerance and injustice, it become impossible to ignore. So stand up and be heard, for if we don’t exercise our voices now, we might not have the opportunity to do so later.
If we don't, it could be like my Uncle Glenn always used to say, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.”