Have you ever noticed people often qualify their statements to try to make them "polite" or to show something is "bad", but really it's not "bad" because...?
I recently ran into somebody on a comment section who said:
"Jews in Israel are the new Nazis"
To which I replied:
"Are you an anti-Semitic?"
"I am not an anti-Semitic, I have many Jewish friends and they agree with me."
Ummm....Does having "Jewish friends" not make you anti-Semitic?
That's like saying, "I'm not a racist, I have many black friends." Does this somehow disqualify you from racist behavior? I know some black people that think that Mexican immigrants are "wetbacks" and Korean immigrants are "slant eyes" and Vietnamese immigrants are "gooks" and all of these should go back to where they came from. How about black people who refer to caucasions as "whities" or some other derogatory remark?
Does the color of their skin disqualify them as "racists"?
In the world of "political correctness", why are any of these remarks ok?
The Subjects That Started This Post
Lying Is OK Because the Other Guy Did It First
Recently, I have been party to two conversations that resulted in the other party "qualifying" their statements. The first conversation was about the infamous Michael Moore film "F911". I have personally said very little about this film. I did a previous post regarding comments from an Iraqi citizen who was incensed at what he considered blatant lies about the supposed peaceful regime of Saddam, with children flying kites and everyone smiling and happy in the cafes. He takes Moore to task because Moore did not see the underlying, dirty belly of the regime, nor does he know the personal pain of Iraqis:
Moore shows scenes of Baghdad before the invasion and in his weltanschauung, it’s a place filled with nothing but happy, smiling, giggly, overjoyed Baghdadis. No pain and suffering there. No rape, murder, gassing, imprisoning, silencing of the citizens in these scenes.(...)
Excuse me is this my Baghdad you talk about ,that Baghdad I live in for more than 20 year ,with all what we lived through ,how could we be happy and smiling ,and we got people bored to death ,under ground ,live ,because ,I cant give you a cause ,maybe you can ,you seems to know more than us ,how? we can be Happy ,and I got friends executed ,I got bothers in jail ,how? We can be happy, and we got nothing to eat, how? we can be happy ,and we got nothing to live for, Iraq was ruled by a regime that had forced a sixth of its population into fearful exile, maybe you have the answers?
If you haven't read Sarmad's impassioned discussion of this topic, you should do it now.
This topic was taken up on another blog, where a commentor, who I have talked to several times, agrees that the film had it's flaws, but begins to qualify that statement by saying that it was ok, because it is the Democrats way of combating the "propaganda" that is heard from Bush, "Rove & Co".
Telling a lie is OK because the other side "lies"?
My Grandmother always said, "two wrongs don't make a right". Is it me, or are we losing are sense of right and wrong?
"Baby Killer" and "Murderer" Are Political Statements
Did you hear about the 23 year old DISABLED veteran of the Iraq War that was marching in his hometown parade in Bainbridge Island, WA where he was booed and called a "baby killer", "murderer" and a few other choice words?
When I heard about it, I was incensed to say the least. I quickly shot off an email be a number of people on my "contacts" list and said basically, "please support this young man. Our soldiers deserve our respect", etc, etc, etc. I gave out his email address and asked them to send him an encouraging email.
Now, some of my friends on my "contact" list are admittedly (gasp) Democrats (qualifier?)! That didn't stop me from sending it to them, because I believed that we were all on the same page regarding "supporting the troops." At least they all claim that.
I got back a reply from one of my friends that said (paraphrasing) "Did you know that he was carrying a 'Veterans for Bush' sign? He left himself open for that."
This sounded remarkably like the lame "apology" that the mayor of Bainbridge gave as well as the pass that the original writer of the report,R. L. Jamieson, Jr , gave in his follow up report. And I quote:
I am willing to bet my last shiny penny that if Gilson were marching in a Republican stronghold -- say, Midland, Texas -- and carrying a pro-Kerry sign, he would be barbecued faster than a longhorn steer.
Aside from not being a family value, intolerance is hardly partisan.
It is clear the Bainbridge incident -- from start to aftermath -- extends beyond the island.
Shortly after that, I saw the follow up article and a reply email from the mother of the young man and from the man himself, thanking everyone for their kind emails of support. He, nor his mother mention anything political in their "thank you's". When I saw this, I quickly sent an email to all of my "contacts" and said, "thank you for your support" and told them where they could find the direct "thank you" from these folks.
Now...I found the follow up report and "thank you's" from the parties involved on Michelle Malkin's Blog. Admittedly, "right of center" commentator who has also appeared on Fox News and a few other cable network news stations.
One of my "contacts" had originally asked me for a link to this information, so this time, I made sure I included it on the outgoing email, not thinking anything about the disposition of the blog owner. To which I got a reply, "kat, you know the link you sent me was a 'right leaning' blog?" (paraphrasing now)"Did you know he was carrying a 'Veterans for Bush' sign? Sorry, but he left himself open for that."
Excuse me?So I asked my contact, how does that make a difference? If he was carrying a "Veterans For Kerry" sign, would it make it less ok? To which the reply said, (paraphrasing again) "No, I don't believe in that. That is just rude. But...he was booed for carrying the Bush sign, it wasn't personal."
I quickly pointed out to my contact that they must have missed the "baby killer" and "murderer" remarks from the original article (which I supplied a link to), because that is a personal attack and we should stop splitting hairs that it is "ok" on a political basis. I also pointed out that I would never "boo" or make other remarks to a veteran with a "veterans for Kerry" sign (and I have seen some). Never. In which case, I respectfully disagreed with them on qualifying this behavior.
I haven't received a reply back from my contact on this last post, but I will close by saying....
Is it me? Or, have we lost our sense of right or wrong?
And my friends wonder why I left the Democrat party.