Rich Tucker

Maybe we should simply go ahead and change all those teams to something inoffensive, as politically correct universities have already done. Maybe you’ve heard of the Stanford Cardinal and the Dartmouth “Big Green.” Go, Big Green!

Ironically, Dartmouth’s sports teams were once known as the Indians. That was fitting, as the college was founded to educate the “youth of the Indian Tribes,” among others. Now, they’re nothing more than a color. But, one supposes, a tolerant one.

Smoking provides another good example of the new intolerance.

In New Jersey, Assemblyman John McKeon has introduced a bill that would ban smoking in cars. He claims the bill is an attempt to eliminate an activity that distracts drivers. But if that were his goal, he’d ban radios, and even children, in cars. They’re both far more of a distraction than a cigarette. The bill is clearly the latest shot in the battle to eliminate smoking.

The government is only too eager to attempt to regulate people’s private personal decisions.  A few years ago, Montgomery County, Md. considered a law that would have made it illegal to smoke in your own home if neighbors complained. And several states, including New York and California, have outlawed smoking in bars and restaurants.

It makes sense for people to worry about smoking. It’s a disgusting habit and leads to deadly diseases. But it’s not illegal. If states are so concerned about protecting us from smoke, they ought to outlaw tobacco and be done with it. Instead, they keep passing silly laws aimed at limiting an activity they refuse to simply ban. Their message is that they won’t tolerate smoking, unless they’re profiting from it by slapping ever-higher taxes on every pack of cigarettes sold.

It’s time for some old fashioned tolerance. Native Americans should approach the Redskins and attempt to convince the team to change its un-P.C. ways. March in full regalia, send smoke signals, whatever it takes.

But they should stop threatening to punish others for daring to speak a football team’s name. The day a T.V. sportscaster is banned from giving the Redskins’ score is the day that we’ve all seen our right to say what we want to go up in smoke.


Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is a communications professional and a columnist for Townhall.com.