Thursday, April 14, 2011

Diversity Thursday

A little broader DivThu this week.

We've seen what the Diversity Commissariat likes - they like to make things illegal. Due to our Bill of Rights, we have great protections in this nation. The most they seem to get away with are college speech codes, thought police in the workplace, and the usual cultural roundheads. All encouraged by the intellectual geldings. Other nations are not so lucky.

There is a case right now going on in Australia as a result of a law the Diversity Bullies would love to see everywhere.

Typical of the Left - if you don't follow their diktats as defined by their world view, they will take you to court and bleed you dry. Have a sense of humor they don't like - to court.
The only valuable sort of freedom of speech is the sort that allows people to do or to say what others find wrong-headed, offensive, distasteful and intolerant.

Being free to say and do what everyone else wants you to say and do is not a liberty or freedom you will ever have to fight for; it will make little difference to anything.

Already this Bolt trial is getting publicity in the US. Steyn is writing about it, as are others. And they're painting us as a Mickey Mouse little jurisdiction where being offended is enough to allow victims to paint some speakers as acting unlawfully. Some are suggesting we might be heading down the
road Canada travelled.

I think any good, well-functioning democracy requires its citizens to man up and grow a thick skin. If you're offended, tell us why the speaker is wrong. Don't ask for a court-ordered apology and some two-bit declaration.
They will first come for the insulting, then for the rude, then the obnoxious, then the socially uncomfortable, then the politically different, then those who do not praise enough the correct ideas. Lenny Bruce may not be afraid - but in Canada or Australia he may find himself in court.

The Left's worse instinct is the fetid byproduct of intellectual laziness. They don't want to fight and defeat ideas; they want to make them "illegal" and pretend they don't exist.

From Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Che, Fidel, and Bill Ayers - they have no problem killing you for it either.

Hat tip Mark Steyn.

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