Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale.
Activists plan to line the route of next week’s parade to protest a Sea World float over accusations in a new documentary that the theme parks treat whales badly. And ranchers succeeded in getting Jett pulled off the South Dakota tourism float after they questioned why the vegetarian and animal-rights ally was representing their beef-loving state.
The float flaps threaten to shake Macy’s traditional position of staying out of politics and soaring silently above the fray, like the massive balloons of Snoopy, Kermit the Frog and SpongeBob SquarePants.
“The parade has never taken on, promoted or otherwise engaged in social commentary, political debate or other forms of advocacy,” Macy’s said in a statement this week.
It was in that spirit that parade executive producer Amy Kule told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Sea World float is staying. “There is no controversy,” she said. “Our goal is to entertain and that is their goal as well.”
The Sea World float, which depicts rolling waves, tropical fish, penguins and Shamu, comes just months after the release of the documentary “Blackfish,” which contends that Sea World’s poor treatment of its killer whales contributed to the aggression of a whale involved in a trainer’s death.
Activists, including members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), say they plan to stage a protest somewhere along the route during next week’s parade. And the group says it has sent Macy’s more than 80,000 emails from animal lovers demanding that the store drop the float.
Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Manhattan’s Hunter College and a longtime parade watcher, says the Sea World controversy puts Macy’s in a tough spot.
“It’s damned if they do, damned if they don’t,” Sherrill said. “Macy’s is making a statement. If there’s a political conflict, saying `I’m not getting involved’ means you’re supporting the status quo.”
PETA also is connected to the float controversy involving Joan Jett, an animal-rights vegetarian who works with the organization.
Macy’s found a solution: The “I Love Rock `n’ Roll” singer and her Blackhearts band are being moved to a different float as yet to be announced. A parade spokesman said it made the move so attention is not diverted from the “entertainment mission” of the event, which also features Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Fallon, the Radio City Rockettes, and the cast members of the reality show “Duck Dynasty.”
The Macy’s parade has gone on through previous controversies.
In 2011, Tim Burton’s “B. Boy” balloon took flight despite critics labeling it “creepy” for its depiction of a snaggle-toothed boy made out of old party balloons.
And last year, Elmo’s appearance followed sexual abuse charges against longtime puppeteer Kevin Clash, whose recorded voice was heard on a float. Last year’s parade also included confetti made from shredded New York City police documents.
From our perspective it is these groups such as PETA that are causing disorder and discord between a free child (and adult) loving parade given in the spirit of celebration. However, we do feel that this is merely an abuse of trying to be politically correct.
Is this the most “UNAWARE” organization, administration, or collective entity that you have ever seen trying to make anything unscrupulous, scrupulous? We simply cannot hold back any more; what we are about to divulge easily proves that the Obama administration is without question beyond being unaware.
Okay so most people want to know about what I mean with unaware. Being unaware is a condition of not being conscious or uninformed of the situations with which one is definitely involved in. Being unaware exasperates when that person and those under his charter are not knowledgeable or fully aware of all of the information needed to make an accurate assessment.
Finally for definitions sake, for a person to be unaware is “not realizing that something is happening.” Or even worse, pretending to be unacquainted with what is happening – especially when it is under your direction or care.
Bringing up excuses from an already antiquated President Bush’s administration will only go long enough before the reality sets in and shows the true colors of individuals. And it is within those parameters we ask you whether or not this person, Barack Obama, should remain as the POTUS and whether or not many of his cronies should be maintained on the job.
Allow us to show just how ridiculous this “unawareness” has become.
How is it that a person in charge of local and international spy agencies be unaware that those agencies are maintaining data on:
Foreign leaders and Heads-of-State as well as trade partners and enemies of commerce have been victims. An entire nation of people such as the citizens of the United States. Every ally and close war partner your nation has ever had such as the United Kingdom, almost all of central Europe – Germany, France, Spain, and selective information concerning the Baltic countries; China, Russia, nations comprising the Middle East, South America and Central America and of course, not wanting to admit it but have too – Canada.
Being quoted as saying that one is unaware of domestic or international spying, especially when one is Commander-in-Chief is simply nothing shy of unconscionable. Most say it is dereliction of duty; which is an impeachable offense, but what does that charge do to the ridiculous notion of political correctness?
Like it or not this unaware person who was ushered in as President just happens to be African American. Now before getting all riled up at me – let us all be AWARE and look to evaluate what he has done to the other blacks that have political aspirations? This alone brings me to my next point. Is the unawareness by this man and his underlings a planned strategy or just plain arrogance?
This is the very question that we have had since his shady election inclusive of ACORN and big unions. Take a moment and just look at what this person has been or claimed he has been unaware of happening.
Now for Obama’s arrogance and pathological fabricating: This Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, Nat’l healthcare insurance) is just plain getting embarrassing not to mention humiliating. I would love to ask Barack Obama, “Hey Barack, have I ever done anything to embarrass you or yours?
My only discourse at this current time would be, “Man you are stinking up the world! As POTUS you must realize that what you do establishes a reaction toward us. Tone it down.”
We all know that this one has been brewing for quite some time. Yet it only ends up on the national media when it is covered by those outlets that fall within the mainstream media. We find this a good example of a case study which should be well-known to journalists or those who have given their years in the realm of investigative journalism.
Of course at issue here is the name of an athletic team. Ladies and gentlemen what we are witnessing is the dregs of political correctness taken to its immeasurable point.
One day time willing we will take the this idea of athletic club names, the do’s and the don’ts, the favorable versus the unfavorable with of course the prominent voices of those experts in the fields – and to be sure give a realistic reason as to why these various clubs were named as they were or remain to this day.
However, today we bring forth the altruistic affect of political correctness and why when it rears its ugly head, and then we owe the inciters of such venom their just adieu and at the very least hear their commentary.
That precisely is what we have done today. Even after sports commentator, Robert Costas, made the upheaval of mistakes last year with his public (television mainstream media) commentary that went far beyond his professional circumstances.
Costas used his position as sportscaster turned politician, by exploiting his NBC halftime commentary slot to roll out a controversial rant about how “Handguns do not enhance our safety” shortly after the death of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, one might think the Lecture Series would be on hold. But on Sunday night, Costas offered another liberal rant with no rebuttal – against the term “Redskins.”
First we advocate that anyone from the POTUS to someone down on their luck and homeless to always present both sides to every conceivable debate topic. Instead with Costas as with so many other dweebs in their selective professions need to get their point across at the will and prejudice of the truth, which as we know is the hallmark of political correctness. So on to Costas’ rant:
COSTAS: “And the Miami of Ohio Redskins – that’s right, Redskins – are now the Redhawks. Still, the NFL franchise that represents the nation’s capital has maintained its name.*
But think for a moment about the term “Redskins,” and how it truly differs from all the others. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group. These others don’t exist.**
When considered that way, Redskins can’t possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait. Nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.***
It’s fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended. But if you take a step back, isn’t it easy to see how offense might legitimately be taken?****
We would like to address each of the points Costas has mentioned and after showing its fraudulent interaction and intent – we would like to set some matters straight.
*”Still the franchise that represents the nation’s capital has maintained its name.” This is simply not true and Bob Costas knows it. Especially in the NFL teams and organizations are far more aligned with the geographic area they represent such as: the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay (WS) Packers, and a few more.
For example it was not long ago that Seattle held all major records regarding sales of it official NFL memorabilia; so many people say “Why”? Look at the competition – nowhere in the states of WA, OR, ID, WY, ND, SD, or MT do they have a professional NFL team therefore, for most fans align themselves with Seattle.
**With all due respect what if the name “Redskins” did not refer to any particular tribe or person whatsoever?
***Is very much like saying that oral tradition is dead. No story-telling, griots, or how brave some person can be.
Sorry Costas all one need to do is look up just a small amount of history to see why both NFL fans and members of the Native American community like and encourage the name. It is very much as I mentioned before, if there are sensitivities to the use of this or any other name the chances are most likely a masquerade of some sort of political correctness — meaning either a political perspective or it is about sensitive change.
The simple truth remains that the “tomahawk chop,” “Seminoles” at FSU, and just about everywhere there is a reference to honor…there will always be a reference to money. At least at the collegiate levels — it is well known that the university mentioned above willfully pays out big money in order to use these names. Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins should be expecting that from the mainstream media.
“Women in the Senate Confront the Military on Sex Assaults.”
The headline on the front page of the New York Times said it all: “Women in the Senate Confront the Military on Sex Assaults.”
In a triumphalist article highlighting the growing numbers of women on the Senate Armed Services Committee, “one of the Senate’s most testosterone-driven panels,” the story line presents female Senators attacking male military officials over charges of sexual assaults against women in the armed forces.
Us-against-them stories are great for generating excitement in the media and in politics. But whether any of this political theater will actually reduce sexual assaults against women in the armed forces is a very different question.
For thousands of years, people around the world had the common sense to realize that putting young men and young women together in military operations was asking for trouble, not only for these young people of both sexes, but for the effectiveness of military forces entrusted with the fate of nations.
Yet, in these politically correct times, civilian leaders who increasingly have no experience whatever in the armed forces are far more willing to try to micro-manage the military than back in the days when most members of Congress and most Presidents had served in the military.
Read more here.
Dr. Ben Carson on ObamaCare…
Neurosurgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson has been an outspoken opponent of Obamacare. We finally got the opportunity to catch up with him to ask him what Obamacare means to him as a doctor—and an American.
Watch our two-minute video to find out what he had to say about the health care system, bureaucrats meddling between doctors and patients, and the driving forces behind Obamacare.
According to Dr. Carson, he is concerned – as should every American or recipient of such – of the doctor and patient relationship which he advocates for and on behalf of medical practitioners, not matter where in the relationship they are. He believes strongly that our “middle advocacy personnel” [emphasis by author] are a desperate need for proper medical care.
Moreover, Dr. Carson believes that there is far too much bureaucracy as well as rules and regulations involved in medical services. This is an important issue, therefore we will reiterate; Dr. Carson believes that there is far too much paperwork involved during the set-up phase (patients) furthermore, what could be worse for a doctor than even more paperwork.
One should realize that doctors who are performing the proverbial paperwork are not doing in fact what they were tortured with during medical school – performing medical procedures. Dr. Carson believes bureaucrats meddling between doctors and patients, and the driving forces behind Obamacare.
And finally Dr. Carson makes a perfect analysis as to what ObamaCare is. Carson openly states that if a government can control a person’s need for health care – the issue is not the well-being of the patient, rather the power continuum literally involves the government’s control over individual and their right to health care.
The government shutdown has cramped President Obama’s golfing addiction. For the first time since early July, the president skipped his weekly outing to the greens. Mr. Obama spent an unseasonably warm and sunny October weekend indoors, but he did not use the extra time to negotiate with Republicans over the political impasse.
Mr. Obama has taken a break from golf only twice of the last 30 weeks and both were to avoid public scrutiny — after the Boston Marathon bombing in April and while touring Africa in June.
Read more here.
Death benefits, leadership in government, assigning blame…
Today is one of the saddest, most hideous days of my entire young existence. Simply taking some time and reading the position our government is in is revoltingly repulsive.
Although the worst times for our government could stand out as one of the best on earth; consequently, for those of us who have lived, died, put up arms against enemies of our ways, the point is simply if we are not performing our best – Mrs. Clinton, what difference does it make.
The difference in my humble opinion is that all of the parts are in working order; yet, somehow perhaps through egotism, pride, lust, and/or plain stubbornness, it is the individuals involved – the quasi-leadership – who is creating the doldrums the nation is feeling.
That is of course, your significant other or spouse, friend, family member, or relative has been killed recently in battle. This is the time when leadership should be operating at its best. Sadly and most unpleasantly this is simply not the case.
Our nation has always had a robust political discourse, commencing from before we were even a documented nation. We have always been represented by a passionate, spirited political class; strong in their beliefs, but educated and knowledgeable enough to legislate and govern for the good of all the people. Today, this is not the case.
If there is any one thing that is hard not to admit: the Obama Administration is acting in a manner that is attempting to extract the maximum amount of pain on the American people. We feel that his behavior has been unconscionable.
Because he is the Commander-in-Chief of our military and all matters of war, that is for most something like a 5 star general officer, only the CIC of the armed forces is still higher than the highest ranking member of any or each of them.
All of us who studied Social Studies, civics, and American history already know the story of what President Truman had on his desk.
The adornment on his desk was a simple looking name plate that was inscribed, “The Buck Stops Here.” We believe that President Truman was insinuating and quite reasonably, “I am the President…and I take full responsibility for whatever happens…”
And indeed he did. President Truman gave the orders to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan. Imagine if he did that during these days – he’d have millions of rioters, protesters, and other factional special interest groups clamoring his ears off.
Yet just as the Japanese knew and lived their culture, they also knew that given that very same culture was not going to quit or give-up under any circumstances. That it why the decision was made; and you know what…the Japanese people knew it and their highest ranking military officials encouraged it.
Liberals have long playbooks for the “wussification” of America. You name it – everything from not opening your birthday presents for fear of depreciating another child, to dodge ball where one is eliminated from the game by being hit by the ball. It has always been about self-esteem, an easy way to get a parents attention.
Members of Congress expressed outrage Tuesday that families of fallen U.S. military personnel are being denied death benefits while Democrats and Republicans grope for a way to end the partial government shutdown. The GOP-led House readied a quick fix. The Pentagon typically pays out $100,000 within three days of a soldier’s death. But it says the shutdown means there is no authority now to pay the money. We reason why even go down that road?
If we were graced with a Harry Truman type of human being, all that needs to be done is with a pen and an executive order that is all. While the liberals and progressives have been instituting their playbooks for American wussification, we ask about the IRS who allegedly has something to do with collecting fees (taxes) for ObamaCare.
Congress get after that particular right now!
Mannerisms and Language of Leadership
If anyone has not understood our perceptions on political correctness, here is a short and small rendition of how our national leadership is using their voices to encourage this phenomenon. Please remember it was I, in the beginning of the multi-part series that brought forth the notion that by changing a society’s language, not only are we changing that society, but also we are contributing to its demise.
President Obama weighed in on the controversy over the weekend, saying, “I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name […] that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”
The Oneida Indian Nation is now pressing the Washington Redskins to change their name, calling it a racial slur. This morning on America’s Newsroom, hosted by Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum for Fox News
Jedediah Bila said, “The bottom line is you can’t cater to everyone’s sensitivities. Everyone could potentially be offended by anything that we say. And if we’re in a society now where you’re going to try to cater to everyone’s unique sensitivities, then we’re about to censor ourselves completely.”
“I think it goes to the heart of offense. I think whenever you have hurt someone, you acknowledge their pain, you apologize for their pain, you seek to amend their pain, and you try to end their pain. I don’t know why this is such a debate in 2013,” Santita Jackson countered.
And in true parlance of that family, (Reverend Jesse Jackson) she sure carried the “know-it-all” attitude that has made her other family members ridiculously unique. In Ms. Jackson’s instance we would have to assume that using the name “Redskins” the owner of the ball club intended it to be offensive. Furthermore, Ms Jackson uses words such as hurt, pain, apologize for their pain, amend and try to end that pain.
I think the Washington Redskins name represents the roots of America. Why would they be offended that a football team is reminding Americans of our heritage and who was here first? I am part Cherokee – and I am proud of my heritage. Early on in American history many riverboat captains noticed that during their time of transposing America’s mighty rivers and tributaries, on to the point of pushing their crafts into destinations that many of them spoke of how indigenous people would use aloe and soft mud to protect and preserve their skin during the hot and sweltering summer days. Then they taught the colonists how to prepare and use the early anti-sun lotion.
Apparently 90 percent or more Native Americans do not find the name offensive. If the name ever changes and I am voicing my objection to the Fighting Irish and the boxing leprechaun mascot- as an Irish American – I find this offensive.
The following is from a comment I read on one of the preparation sites gathering information for this article.
Furthermore, I find the Cowboys team name sexist, the Giants team name is offensive to big people, the Buccaneers’ mascot is a demeaning stereotype of gay pirates as are the Raiders, and the Browns is offensive to brown skinned people.
All of the teams with animals as mascots exploits animals and encourages public displays of the animals at events that make the animals sad. The 49ers mascot ignores the role of Chinese immigrants during the gold rush- the Vikings mascot is hurtful and demeaning to people of Norwegian decent that aren’t blond and blue eyed and do more than walk around with swords wearing animal skins- the Saints impose a religious notion that not all American’s embrace. This phony baloney outrage is stupid.
As far back as 1782, J. Hector de Crevecoeur, a French settler in New York, pictured this new country as two things. One was a land of opportunity. Another was a place where all these unique settlers from all different lands would melt into a new race. The term “melting pot” was used as a metaphor after that. In a real melting pot, metals are put together in a pot. Then the metals are melted at a high temperature. They come together as a new compound that is stronger than the original metals alone. The “melting pot” in American history was meant to show how people would fuse into a great blend in this powerful democracy. Thus, many different ethnic groups joined together thus to create a united country and have given up their ties to their individual ethnic groups.
This white paper tries to acknowledge the notion of the long usage of the terms, Melting Pot, ethnicity, cultures, as well as assimilation that we are sure is in the forefront of everyone’s minds.
The following are ways in which social scientists have attempted to define the word assimilation. One can easily see where some of the scientists have overlapped in their judgments of explanation. Finally we try to bring forth how the original metaphor of The Melting Pot came to define a lot of American theory.
It seems as though through the very definitions of words (keeping in mind of course, political correctness) that the word ethnic is supportive of sharing cultural characteristics; moreover, this notion is having the ability of sharing distinctive cultural traits as a group in a society (Best for defining ethnic minorities).
Another definition strongly linked to the original or aforementioned is that ability whereby one is from a different culture and has the ability of knowing when to share with the dominate cultures within a given society; or, relating to a group or groups in society with distinctive cultural traits (Best when used with the notion of one’s own ethnic origins).
Still another portion of our definition is relating to a person or to a large group of people who share a national, racial, linguistic, or religious heritage, whether or not they reside in their countries of origin (Best when discussing ethnic origins given their plights and examination of their suffrage).
Still further into the realm of cultural characteristics is contained within the definition of being culturally traditional which is belonging to or associated with the traditional culture of a social group (Ethnic clothing).
The melting pot is a metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous, the different elements “melting together” into a harmonious whole with a common culture. It is particularly used to describe the assimilation of immigrants to the United States; the melting-together metaphor was in use by the 1780s.
After 1970 the desirability of assimilation and the melting pot model was challenged by proponents of multiculturalism, who assert that cultural differences within society are valuable and should be preserved, proposing the alternative metaphor of the mosaic, salad bowl, or “American Kaleidoscope”—different cultures mix, but remain distinct.
We feel that this particular attitude in post hippy dome USA, and very much to the disliking of liberals everywhere we believe that those things (luggage) one brings with them to this nation are not something that is bad or otherwise. Rather we choose the moniker of personal – that is what makes individuals unique – however, to take the culture’s from the people who immigrate to this country does inevitably cause damage or a feeling of unsteadiness insofar as within a nation’s boundaries order (hence power) for government affairs and the rule of law must exist.
And after President Barack Obama won Hispanic voters by a nearly 3-1 margin, a demographic drubbing that startled GOP tacticians everywhere, Bailey embarked on a public relations blitz that landed his message in national outlets like NPR, The Huffington Post, Politico, and RedState.com. Unfortunately for those…they were duped by this cunning lie, and once again their hopes and wishes were used for the ill-profit gain of the Presidency.
By the time the Senate took up the issue in the spring, comprehensive immigration reform finally seemed to have momentum. It is as if nothing is done unless Congress sanctifies the matter and then they go forth and put together the worst concoction in every sense of the matter.
As far as we are concerned this process is in and of itself ridiculous and certainly a case study in mismanagement. When matters such as the addition of realistically… 20 to 35 million more people added to the nation’s ranks, we feel that is when the greatest segue into American public policy and personal opinion come in and should be revered as the way it is.
Justice is supposed to be the American way. But the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin has revealed two starkly different visions of what Americans think justice should be.
What is justice for Martin — the 17-year-old black youth, mourned by many as a victim who was minding his own business when he fell under misplaced suspicion? What is justice for Zimmerman, seen by many others as a good neighbor who made a fatal mistake?
Just for the sake of clarity let’s look at the definition of justice. Justice is fairness or reasonableness, especially the way people are treated or decisions are made; system and application of law means the legal system, or the act of applying or upholding the law.
Validity is also in the definition of justice which basically means, is the act measuring what it intends to measure and does there exist validity in the law. Also good reason; have all aspects of sound or good reason been looked at? And lastly, a judge especially a judge of a higher court.
The national conversation over the verdict shows two sides talking about two different things: either the two minutes when Zimmerman and Martin fought face to face, or the centuries of racial context that many believe caused a senseless death. We do openly and admittedly have difficulty for the second aspect or reason as to why this event came to be. Or it seems strange but if this were not about centuries of racial context, say a white person fighting another white guy and the only means of escape is using [as in this case] a gun. Would anyone care?
We think not – our validity is that this happens every day and not a word is said.
We believe that this particular matter between Zimmerman and Martin has its unique place in the press – media is problematic. Furthermore, we have very strong evidence that this matter was brought into politics – for what other reason than for individual advancement. There is also evidence that the Department of Justice was involved in exacerbating or making things worse by assisting with the financing and get this: the planning, organizing, and time management of protests.
Most people either choose to be or just are not enough into this case to know that the F.B.I. has done an extensive investigation into all aspects of this case and found that Zimmerman should not have been brought to trial. The FBI is a division of the Department of Justice.
We further believe that the Attorney General of the U.S. Eric Holder, is abetting in the post-prosecution of George Zimmerman. His speech today at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was misguided in part and it was when he finally addressed the “Stand your Ground” law in Florida did he begin to make any sense whatsoever.
In the United States, stand-your-ground law states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first. The concept sometimes exists in statutory law and sometimes through common law precedents. One key distinction is whether the concept only applies to defending a home or vehicle, or whether it applies to all lawfully occupied locations.
Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the “stand your ground” law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that immunity bars suit, charges, detention, and arrest. A defense, such as an affirmative defense, permits a plaintiff or the state to seek civil damages or a criminal conviction but may offer mitigating circumstances that justify the accuser’s conduct.
This is what Florida Statutes offer for stand your ground laws. If one is open and honest with themselves as well as others, and most importantly to the rule of law in the United States then it is time to accept this statute. If not, our proposal is that your behavior’s should either be directed against the state of Florida or through your Congressional officials you elected or who didn’t get elected.
This law is just that – a law. We have all been privy to the making of various laws and the undoing of other laws. We believe that if one does not like the law then go to the proper place for your protests. We would also like to mention that protesting does not include the destruction of another’s property, city or county or community property.
If Dr. King were alive today, what would he be saying about the proceedings going on in 100 cities? Furthermore, the city and county of Sanford, Florida including the Florida States Attorney General had problems when it came to charging Zimmerman; why? There was not enough hard (or real) evidence to even try the man. Moreover, why did the Sanford, Florida Police Chief resign his office when the Justice Department demanded that the State’s Attorney get involved and bring charges?
Washington, D.C. is a town run largely by lawyers. Naturally, this leads to a ton of convoluted and unnecessary legislation. And this overabundance of legality often leads to twisted logic in our nation’s capital – and confusion for us.
Take the two hotly debated (and often misused) words: “coup” and “terrorism.”
You see, when the Egyptian military recently ousted President Morsi, most of the world called that a coup. But for reasons you will see in a moment, the Obama administration does not see it that way.
Then there is Major Nidal Hasan’s attack on Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009 – which left 13 people dead and 30 injured. You would probably file that one under an act of terror. But according to Obama, you would be wrong.
Time to shed some light on this classic Washington head fake. Technically Speaking…
“Coup d’état” is a French word that made its way into the English language. The Oxford Dictionary identifies it as a French expression, meaning a “stroke of state.”
Military historian Edward Luttwak says, “[a] coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.”
Now by qualifying that definition – which is a true, correct, and honest form of the expression – Coup d’état, it literally means that members of the state’s government, agencies included, colluded and then are used to displace the government from its remaining agencies.
So, when the Egyptian military grabbed power and imprisoned President Mohamed Morsi, headlines across the world (correctly) screamed “Coup in Egypt.”
Our point is that when language is changed to better suit a given situation it is most likely that the given situation will get better because the public is far more accepting knowing that there is a far more moderate word for it.
It is tantamount for our purposes to look and see how the wording has changed to this point. Egypt has suffered a “Coup in Egypt” which evolves into just a Coup (notice how nonthreatening just the word Coup sounds); therefore, it is far less frightening.
Well, the Foreign Assistance Act states that if the “duly elected head of government is deposed by military act or decree,” then the United States must stop providing aid.
But Obama desperately wants to continue pumping $1.55 billion in aid to Egypt. Egypt is collapsing and ungovernable. Without the continued flow of aid, the collapse will accelerate, and Egypt’s government would likely vanish.
This is just another classic example of the Obama team’s complete disregard for the law. And if Obama says it is not a coup, then it is not. Period.
More Than Semantics
A similar twist of words is playing out in the Fort Hood case. Obama’s lawyers insist that Hasan is not a terrorist, and that his attack is “work place violence” rather than an act of terrorism.
Talk about splitting hairs.
According to the FBI, Hasan was an avid reader of Jihadi websites. He worshiped at Jihadi-influenced mosques. Hasan even self-identifies as a “soldier of Allah.” He openly supported suicide attacks against non-Muslims, and received religious and operational inspiration from Anwar Al-Awlaki.
You may remember Al-Awlaki – he was the American citizen and al-Qaeda promoter killed by a U.S. drone because he was deemed a terrorist. Now the administration’s refusal to call the Fort Hood attack a terrorist attack is seriously impacting the lives of the survivors and victims’.
For example, the Pentagon refuses to treat the injured and dead as casualties of war. Consequently, they have been denied the Purple Heart medal that is bestowed on Americans injured in battle.
The U.S. House even passed legislation to force the Pentagon to award the Purple Heart, along with disability and medical benefits associated with the honor, to the Fort Hood victims. Sadly, the legislation was killed by Obama supporters in the U.S. Senate.
Now the soldiers and their families are suing the Pentagon to reverse this decision in court. In the meantime, twisted interpretations by our government keep dollars flowing to Egypt while preventing us from adequately caring for injured Americans.
Unfortunately, laws are no good if the government can interpret their wording at will.
This commentary was originally published at CaptialHillDaily.com, and is reprinted here with permission. Again with compliments to Mr. Floyd Brown the author and the complementary hat-tip.
Does anyone reading this site regularly know where the posture of “political correctness” is coming from…look up.