Adventures in Right-Wing Political Correctness II

Another quote from the same Dowd column:

"It’s funny that the moviemaker stirring up the fuss is an icon of the
right, a man the president’s father aped when he said, ‘Read my lips:
No new taxes.’ When I interviewed Mr. Eastwood in 1995, he said he
thought his party was onto something with its nostalgia for the old
values. But he also said he was more libertarian than conservative: ‘The less you mess around with people, the better off people are.’ That
attitude is passé in the Republican Party. The Christian right thinks
that the more you mess around with people, the better off people are.

It is eager to dictate social, cultural and marital behavior, with an
assist from the man whom it boasts it put back in the White House."

But the enforcers of conformity-through-fear have always turned on their own when easier victims become thin on the ground. In Salem, once all the odd-ball types had been burnt, only then did the pointing fingers turn to the pillars of the community.
As Joseph Welch, an attorney representing the Army said to Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin). Here Welch defends the reputation of Fred Fisher, a member of his staff. Fisher had been a member of a radical group for four months in college many years earlier. At the time of the hearing he was Secretary of the Young Republicans League in his hometown, Newton MA. :

American Rhetoric: McCarthy-Welch Exchange During the Army-McCarthy Hearings.

"Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really
gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness."
"You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long
-Welch to McCarthy

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2 thoughts on “Adventures in Right-Wing Political Correctness II

  1. What I don’t get is why leftists aren’t trotting out the overheated rhetoric. I mean this shit is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Basically telling people what to believe is “Social Engineering”. Isn’t that bad? If not then who gets to decide what to engineer? Why is it OK to force people to tell children lies about sex and drugs, but it’s not OK to give poor people enough money to eat? This is just nutty.

    I am glad to hear the moniker “Political Correctness” going the other way, though. That’s cool. I guess it will be a matter of time before all the other bogey men get trotted out.

    This is a bit unrelated, but am I the only one who thinks that one who agonizes over whether a cartoon is a homosexual might need some professional assistance? I don’t know how convervatives live, but I have not met anyone outside of an institution who doesn’t have bigger fish to fry than the sexual orientation of cartoons.

  2. Mike says:

    I’m trying to promote applying the term “political correctness” to both ends of the spectrum, as I think it represents a kind of thinking that is becoming more prevalent. The vetting of cartoon characters had been done before. Only a few years ago Moral Majority (what’s his face) took on the purple TeleTubby with the triangle on its head for the same thing. And as the Frank Rich article reminds us. The good Doctor Wertham warned against exposing youngsters to the unseemly bachelorhood of a single man and his teenage “ward” living together as Batman and Robin.

    But my main point here is that the moral majoritarians are going after solid conservatives now, very Taliban-like behavior. They will keep moving the country farther and farther right until even their mainstream allies will be hounded and start to cry enough.

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