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[font=Palatino, Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][size=+2]Blue America: The land of the easily offended[/size][/font]
[size=-1]Posted: December 7, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Dennis Prager
[/size] [font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times] [/font] [font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times][font=Palatino, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times, serif] [size=-1] ? 2004 Creators Syndicate [/size] [/font] [/font]



[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Commentators on our country explain our blue-red division in many ways ? liberal-conservative; secular-religious; North-South; coasts-heartland; singles-married with children. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]I propose one more explanation: the easily offended-the not so easily offended. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]With the acknowledgment that there are many individual exceptions, a major defining characteristic of modern-day liberalism is the ease with which liberals take offense personally and/or on behalf of others. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times][/font] [font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Liberals regularly portray as offended women, African Americans, Jews, American Indians, gays and every other group liberals declare a minority, i.e., any group that votes Democrat ? no group that votes Republican, such as Mormons, Cuban Americans and Vietnamese Americans, is considered a "minority." All other groups are constantly warned that almost anything they say that is not patronizing of those groups is offensive (and therefore subject to litigation). [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Having given thousands of lectures across the country and on all seven continents (yes, Antarctica, too) over the past 30 years, I can vouch for the personal-offense element. I am continually astounded at how often members of the audience (usually liberal women) will say they are offended by something I said, when what they really mean is that they don't agree with me. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]It is most unlikely that conservative men or women speak that way ? saying, "I am offended" ? when they hear liberal speakers. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]For one thing, conservatives are so used to being labeled as stupid, bigoted, ignorant, racist, homophobic, sexist, insensitive and intolerant that it is almost impossible to offend them. Moreover, the culture does not allow them to feel offended, since they are not an officially designated minority. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]For another, liberal positions are far more emotion-based than reason-based. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]To cite but one of many examples, take the widely held liberal slogan "War is not the answer." It is pure irrationality. War has ended more evil than anything the left has ever thought of. In the last 60 years alone, it ended Nazism and the Holocaust; it saved half of Korea from genocide; it kept Israel from national extinction and a second Holocaust; it saved Finland from becoming a Stalinist totalitarian state; and according to most of the people who put "War is not the answer" stickers on their bumpers, it saved Bosnian Muslims from ethnic cleansing. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The list of irrational, feelings-based liberal positions is almost as long as the list of contemporary liberal positions. The relevant point here is that people who take positions based on feelings will of necessity take disagreement more personally and feel offended more often than others. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Liberals' claims of being offended themselves or on behalf of a selected group are almost endless. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Liberal Jews and non-Jews claim that "Merry Christmas" offends Jews and other non-Christians. That 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas is of no importance to the easily offended. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Liberal blacks and other liberals see racism almost everywhere in America. To cite a typical example, the absence of black musicians in major orchestras has frequently been named as an example of white racism, despite the fact that many orchestras audition musicians behind a curtain. To non-liberals, the reason probably lies in the fact that few black kids learn to play the oboe or viola. And the sad result of liberals taking offense at so much white behavior is that many whites now talk very guardedly and unnaturally to blacks. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Liberal American Indian spokesmen and other liberals regularly tell us how offensive Indian names of sports teams are. The latest polls show that most Indians have no problem with such names, but liberals are still offended on their behalf. To make the point of how offensive the name "Indians" is for the Cleveland baseball team, one liberal caller once asked me, "How would you feel if a team were named 'Jews'?" I told him that it would be a great day in Jewish history ? for 3,000 years, Jews have been looking for fans. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Part of America remains the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. An almost equally large part is now the Land of the Easily Offended and the Home of the Hypersensitive. Which land we become is a big part of the second American civil war we are fighting.[/font]





[font=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times]Dennis Prager, one of America's most respected and popular nationally syndicated radio talk-show hosts, is the author of several books and a frequent guest on TV shows such as "Larry King Live," "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Hannity & Colmes."[/font]
 

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Good story DorGunR. It reminds me of an episode of "All in the Family." Archie and Mike were arguing over statistics. Mike was saying that since black people made up 20% of the population in NYC, that 20% of Archies neighbors should also be black. Archie was dicussing this later on with Lionel Jefferson, and Lionel told Archie "If you look at it that way, then 80% of The Harlem Globetrotters oughta be white."

I still catch reruns when I need a good laugh. Your story reminded me of that one.
 

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Good read.
 

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I don't intend to offend, I just offend with my intend.
 

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Good Article. Antarctica, too??? Many people are way too thin skinned these days. You can call me anything you want, just threaten or try to harm my children. That's a whole other story.
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Strange Destiny said:
I don't drive a minivan, my SO does and there is no sign.
Well then how are we supposed to know when to be extra careful driving?
 

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Custer said:
Well then how are we supposed to know when to be extra careful driving?
I want to get a sign that says something like " Nearly-psychotic mother with large caliber automatic pistol on board". Naw, that would really offend some of the sheeple, wouldn't it?
 

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Warning labels are a good thing.

When I see a car with a "baby on board sign" I am extra careful. I hit the cars that don't warn me about the kids.
 

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Custer said:
Warning labels are a good thing.

When I see a car with a "baby on board sign" I am extra careful. I hit the cars that don't warn me about the kids.
That is a good thing!! I try not to hit cars, I concentrate on property and dwelling damage, instead.
 

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I agree that Americans have come to be absurdly hypersenstitive and ridiculously easily offended. Good news for me, in that it's not a full day if I haven't offended at least one person.

But I don't know that liberals have a monopoly on this. I've known conservatives to be actually offended by referring to the recent unpleasantness in Iraq as an occupation. Don't you know it's a liberation, not an occupation??? PC speech seems to pervade America, hypersensitivity seems to have become a part of our national character.

Home of the Brave my ass.

I'd rant on, but I'm late for my support group.
 

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They hypersensitivity seems so ironic to me when you figure that more words and actions are wide open today and even coarse.

Sort of like the wide open sexual references everywhere you go but as soon as you cross the portals at work you are supposed to act like a Puritan.
 

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Good article DorGunR. I have always wondered where these people got the "right" to not be offended. It is just a tactic for shutting down debate, especially when they cannot succesfully defend their viewpoint with a logical arguement.
 

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You hit the nail on the head. The left hears Logic and truth and have no reply and so they bring out the "I'm offended or I take offense for such and such a group and you should also"
 

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Cowdawg said:
You hit the nail on the head. The left hears Logic and truth and have no reply and so they bring out the "I'm offended or I take offense for such and such a group and you should also"
You have deeply offended me, Cowdawg.
 
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