Children of the ’80s may fondly recall the program “You Can’t Do That on Television.” It was especially entertaining when they dumped green slime on Alanis Morissette, something many wish they could do now.
These days, there’s very little you can’t do on television. However, there are plenty of things that you can’t say, on television or in print. Not because these things aren’t true, but because they’re considered politically incorrect.
Let’s begin with patriotism, or the lack thereof. For years, those on the left insisted no one could suggest they are less than patriotic. “I refuse to have my patriotism or right to speak out questioned,” then-presidential candidate John Kerry told the Associated Press in 2003.
These days there’s little need to question the patriotism of some liberals -- they’ll do so themselves. Recently Kim Holmes, a vice president at The Heritage Foundation, was on C-SPAN to warn about Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. “What would the world be like if this regime actually gets its hands on this most terrible of weapons?” Holmes asked. He wants the U.S. to take this threat seriously and take steps to prevent Iran from getting the bomb. No doubt most Americans agree.
But some callers claimed the real threat to peace is not Iran, but our own United States.
“If I were an Iranian, I would want my government to have every weapon possible to defend itself against imperialist aggression from the United States,” one caller insisted. “As far as Iran is concerned, you talk about human rights, what about human rights right here in America?” another wondered. “Look at the blacks being thrown in jail. We have terrorists, we have the KKK. All this stuff happens right here in the United States.”
A third caller insisted there is a “concerted plan by the administration to take over the entire Middle East.” This man, a self-declared Democrat from Cleveland, opined, “when it’s proven that [Iranians] are manufacturing nuclear weapons, then the United Nations, not the United States, the United Nations, will have the responsibility to go into Iran and stop the program.”
Hey, there’s the spirit that made the United States great: Let the U.N. do it.
Let’s recall, though, that the United Nations is the home of the Oil-for-Food scandal. An investigation recently reported that Oil-for-Food allowed Saddam Hussein to pocket more than $10 billion in illicit profits. Iran must be drooling at the idea the U.N. might be in charge of preventing it from getting nukes -- its leaders would end up with both a bomb and billions of dollars.