- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2007

PC offense

“Addressing an audience of local notables in San Francisco … Ted Turner took a question about how to win China’s cooperation in reducing greenhouse gases. Replied the media mogul: ‘The Chinese are very smart. Just think: Have you ever met a dumb Chinaman?’ Pursuing this theme, the broadcasting baron then said: ‘Very seldom do you see Chinese restaurants close. I’m in the restaurant business, and it’s very tough. They work very hard.’

“Outrage naturally followed. How dare a public figure insult the Chinese by calling them clever and industrious? Where will this end? … Worst of all was the word ‘Chinaman’ — nowadays, for reasons you need a Ph.D. in Diversity Awareness to understand, a term of the vilest abuse. …

“Next day Turner issued the routine, groveling apology to ‘the Asian Pacific American’ community; though why an American of Pakistani, Mongolian, or Samoan ancestry should have taken offense at Turner’s words is unclear to us.”

— from “The Week,” in the April 16 issue of National Review

Simple truth

“[A]ll leaders, analysts and citizens simplify when they debate foreign affairs. And therein lies our problem. We forget that we are simplifying and claim veracity and truth for our insights. Our opponents must be depraved or incompetent if they do not agree with us. … We’re all guilty of this. Bush oversimplified when he said after 9/11, ‘those who are not with us are against us.’ But Democrats, who deplore Bush’s comment, oversimplify when they say Bush is evil and lied to us about the Iraq War. …

“In the end, people take responsibility for how they see the world. That we simplify and emphasize different aspects of reality does not excuse us from moral accountability. Some people do lie. We have to make judgments about good and evil. But before we denounce each other as evil … wouldn’t it be nice if we knew more about the different ways in which people legitimately see the world and differ in their emphasis and interpretation of the facts, often the same ones?”

— Henry R. Nau, writing on “Why We Fight Over Foreign Policy,” in the April-May issue of Policy Review

Anti-patriots

“Of course, among most celebrities, patriotism is totally out of fashion. Joy Behar, that sage on ‘The View,’ recently declared, ‘To be totally patriotic is almost not being patriotic in any way,’ and got a round of applause for that dumbbell remark. And Rosie [O’Donnell], on that same show, did her usual rant about how patriotism just means yelling and screaming in the street. …

“[W]hat surprises, and really disturbs, me is how energetic and righteous-sounding these anti-Americans are, and how subdued patriotic Americans are, as if they were embarrassed to say they are proud of our history and our institutions. It’s as if too many have been convinced by the megaphone of the media that this is indeed the worst of times in American history — a patently ridiculous view.

“No doubt this skewed negativity can be partly explained by the hatred that many have for the president and his policies, and who then equate him with America. Spewing out conspiracy theories and paranoia, they try to tell us we are under the domination of a tyrannical dictator — another patently ridiculous view.”

— Myrna Blyth, writing on “Who Wants to Raise an American?” Friday in National Review Online

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