Recently, I was indulging a latent masochistic streak by hearing the neighborhood sports radio station. For we Detroit sports fans, it’s been a cruel summer with the Tigers unanticipatedly struggling to flee last invest the American League Central Division, though on the bright side there is optimism for the upcoming seasons of the Red Wings and Pistons and within an act of faith or insanity or both the Lions. Among the parochial emotional extremities of hope and despair came a written report concerning the Dallas Cowboys flamboyant owner, Jerry Jones who, as is his wont, had shot from the lip and into their own foot.
Evidently, Mr. Jones was compelled to issue an apology for utilizing the M word. For a short moment, I pondered what constituted the M word. Then, it dawned on me it should be mother. I was mistaken. The term was look away if offended because of it midget.
Per the NY Post:
Jones have been talking about the teams late scouting director Larry Lacewell, who caused the Cowboys from 1991 to 2004 and died in-may at age 85, when he used the slur. Lace held court out here, Jones said. Im likely to get me somebody, a midget, to operate there with me and dress him up like Lace and think Lace continues to be out here helping us.
This incurred the ire of the tiny Folks of America, probably the most prominent dwarfism support organizations in the country, who back 2015 had announced to 1 and all including its donors that it aimed to abolish the M word.
M [sic] is really a term which has widely been regarded as derogatory for a long time and really should be common knowledge to anyone in the general public arena, such as for example Jerry Jones, the LPA said in a statement to TMZ. Ignorance here is simply not a justification. Any usage of this disparaging slur alongside suggestions or insinuations our stature exists for amusement is deplorable and inexcusable.
Those that utilize the term m [sic] or any terminology that further stigmatizes people born with dwarfism are asked to teach themselves to eliminate this word Little Folks of America is asking Jerry Jones to issue an apology and vow to utilize appropriate terminology rooted according and dignity in the years ahead.
By the end of the air shows report, the on-air talent briefly enjoyed the Cowboys owners latest public comeuppance. (As did this listener. Being truly a Lions fan, we should take our football pleasures where we see them, because theres been so little pleasure on the gridiron.) Then, among the on-air talents, unaware the M-word was verboten, voiced a fairly pertinent query: Who makes these rules?
There ensued an over-all confoundment concerning who, actually, makes such rules; and ultimate a shrug of acquiesce to the most recent word erased from the vocabulary, and also the imposition of punishments to alleged users of the censored word. This type of question via people whose livelihoods are founded upon the initial Amendment, and who must generate interesting content to stay employed, makes eminent sense. Should they offend their audience with one wrong word, they well know they may be fired (unlike the billionaire Mr. Jones).
Yet, this is a question frequently asked Americans in every walks of life, as the weaponization and monetization of outrage fuels the cancel culture that detrimentally impacts and, often, terminates the lives and livelihoods of everybody.
In the immediate instance, the tiny Folks of America will be the censors. They will have taken it upon themselves to find out that their group, alone, could speak for each and every little person; subjectively determine in case a word causes permanent damage, whatever the speakers intent; demand the M word be censored and the speaker be (re-)educated. Because the organization pronounced in 2015: If the intention of an individual of the term can be used to bully also to demean, or simply as a synonym for small, our collective experience shows us that language gets the capacity to cause permanent harm to ones self-esteem and identity. [Emphasis mine.]
It’s the old speech is violence canard writ large, which prays upon the decency and good will of Americans who honestly seek to provide no offense to anyone. The effect? The bitterly ironic drive to weaponize language in the service of censorship and, ergo, politics, is expansive and insatiable regardless of the the greater part of Americans disliking cancel culture and believing it went too much. Indeed, every American will get something to be outraged by every day; yet they dont resort to censorship to redress their grievances. Needless to say, those that make the censorship and cancel culture rules dont value almost all Americans being outraged or offended. In the end, these self-anointed American commissars enjoy the actual fact theyve caused it.
Granted, this is simply not the federal government making these determinations. However the government has insidiously abetted the implementation of the censorious strategy by colluding with Big Tech, academics, non-profits, along with other non-governmental entities to take action; and contains even endeavored to use its hand at censorship through the failed (by time of writing) try to set up a disinformation board.
Consequently, our republic whose founding documents recognize and protect the God-given to free speech has witnessed a few of its most esteemed beneficiaries undermine it. For examples, the Associated Press, Reddit, and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary took it upon themselves to redefine words and language in the service of politics; and, as over and over weve seen, once these redefinitions happen, here are some may be the censorship and the cancel culture that enforces it. And guess which ideology the censorship and cancel culture are accustomed to promote?
Thus, the easy response to that question and the question of who makes these rules that produce everyone miserable? The Left.
Voice your displeasure and vote accordingly.
And talking about displeasure Go, Lions!
A Human Events contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigans 11th Congressional district from 2003-2012, and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not just a lobbyist, he could be a frequent presenter and moderator for public policy seminars; and a Monday co-host of the “John Batchelor Radio Show,” among sundry media appearances.