“S***, p***, f***, c***, c*********, m***********, and t***” was George Carlin’s trademark joke of the Seven Words You Couldn’t say on Television. Carlin once said in explaining the joke that he “was always told to look up to firefighters and police officers” and that kind of language “was always used by authority.” Times have changed and obviously so has censorship and morals. While popular culture has become more risqué, things once never talked openly about are now on the cover of US Weekly. Politics seems to be even more censored. It seems that despite the general voting public being older than they were 50 years ago, the conversation has been dumb-down.
In discussing censorship, I am discussing ideas and facts that many in America feel or possibly have thought, but can’t say out loud. These opinions stayed censored due to the fact that it simply isn’t considered politically correct or it is possibly social suicide to make such statements anymore. For example, it was once customary to declare single motherhood as being the largest factor in determining the likelihood of a child growing up in poverty. This was once considered normal for even Democrats like Daniel Patrick Moynihan who was not afraid to discuss these very clear facts. Now only the fringe candidates like Rick Santorum and pundits like Ann Coulter can tread on these topics. Continuing that theme; noting the change in political censorship, this writer has compiled a list of seven things you can’t say on television, if you want to be President, even if they are true.
1) George Bush betrayed Conservatism and nearly destroyed the GOP. When all facts are considered, George W. Bush will go down in history as being the most pro-life liberal President ever. For it was under his 8 year term, that spending increased 104%, private industries were bailed out, four trillion dollars was added to the current debt, the entire economy was under the foot of banking oligarchs, he promoted amnesty for 12 to 20 million illegal aliens (most of which whom would become future Democrat voters), expanded the Department of Education, expended Medicare, the borders were left open, America openly embraced torture in the veil terms that they were “enhanced interrogation” and an absurd Wilsonian foreign policy to “end tyranny in our time” was pursued.
All of those qualities can be attributed to Presidents: Johnson, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Carter. To quote the American Conservative’s Daniel Larison, “Whatever the reason, Bush could increase the size of the welfare state more than any President since LBJ, and most self-styled conservatives rallied behind his re-election anyway.” It is high time that the party that should model itself after its great presidents like Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge, start removing themselves from the ideology of George Bush. The President who brought havoc to the free market system, left the movement in the abyss, and the party to its smallest numbers since 1976.
2) Diversity is not our strength. “Never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a problem” said, Ann Coulter. America, and for that matter the West, has given up Christianity and embraced the doctrine of diversity. In Canada and England, freedom of speech for conservatives has been all but eradicated if it means criticizing Islam or multiculturalism.
Ignoring the facts that multiculturalism has doomed Europe, Republicans still give praise to this progressive Golden Calf. As Governor Mitt Romney said, “One of the hallmarks of good government is making sure that everyone has a seat at the table. In this administration, diversity’s not a slogan it’s a fact.” And the praise for mass immigration from the third world has been saluted by Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson and Jon Huntsman.
The religion of diversity knows no boundaries; education, private employment, and the military. It was following the murders by Major Nadal Hasan of 13 US soldiers that Army Chief of Staff General Bernard Casey said, “This terrible event would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty.” At its best diversity can add a new restaurant to your local neighborhood, at it’s worst it can balkanize and breakup a nation. All the while the Republican nominees play dumb to the threat of our massive immigration policy and multiculturalism. “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”
3) Democracy is not worth fighting for. Afghan President Karzai said, "If there is war between Pakistan and America, we will stand by Pakistan,” This is our reward for over 1,800 dead and $474 billion spent in the 10 year-long war. Regardless of countless results of America’s doomed experiment to spread democracy around the world, our leaders continue to make the claim it is the chief priority of US foreign policy.
Since the liberation of Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and Afghanistan, thousands have been murdered; Christians have been removed from the land that they have occupied for two millenniums. Hatred for the United States has only increased in many of these countries; extremist groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood have seen electoral victories. Yet we still pursue the ideology that more democracy makes the world safe. For it was the wise words of H.L. Mencken who once said, “Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”
4) Government can’t fix the economy. Many Keynesians have argued for more government spending. As if the failed Stimulus and Omnibus package aren’t the continuation of failed government interjection in the economy since the New Deal, but our leaders don’t get it. They don’t get it because an election is looming and we the people have demanded miracles from the “god that failed.” The state has become the all regulating, all saving, and all knowing entity. And it is expected to revive the same economy which it destroyed.
The truth is often painful and in this case it is. The government can’t fix the economy. The best it can do is get out of the way and allow an even playing field known as the free market.
5) US collateral damage is creating more terrorists. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism of the nearly 3,000 deaths by American drone strikes, 175 have been children. How is this helping to win the PR war for the hearts and minds of millions in the Arab World or amongst Arab Americans?
The would-be Time Square bomber is a perfect example., Faisal Shahzad, declared his motivation for trying to detonate a car bomb in Time Square was the drone attacks in Pakistan. The inevitable blowback from the War on Terror will create undoubtedly, a war without end.
6) The Republican Party is its own worst enemy. In 1986, Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to an estimated 3 million illegal aliens (majority of which were Hispanic). To work with pure statistics, had every one of these estimated 3 million voted in the 2008 election, only 910,000 of them would have voted for John McCain. McCain of course supported amnesty for 12 to 20 million illegal aliens.
It is efforts like amnesty for illegal aliens that make the Republican Party its own worst enemy. The Conservative movement bore out of reaction to the New Deal; the New Deal was cemented in American political life by Republican President Eisenhower. The Great Society which includes many of the current entitlements that are bankrupting our nation our bedrocks of American politics, you show me a candidate who promises to “end the Great Society” and I’ll show you a man who should be writing his concession speech. Johnson gave us food stamps and Nixon enrolled 13 million on the program. Carter created a Department of Education and George W. Bush created “No Child Left 1Behind”. Wilson perused war to “make the world safe for democracy” and George H.W. Bush promised “A New World Order” and his son declared “We will end tyranny in our time.” Four of the nine Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of Roe were appointed by Republican presidents.
It seems almost that conservatism is safer if Democrats win elections. At least then can we dream of one day having a so-called conservative government not letting us down.
7) Only Americans can save themselves, the government can’t. Conservative pundits have been looking for the next Ronald Reagan for twenty years. Our national problems are far deeper than political. Our problems are that culturally, morally, and fiscally, America is in a decline. It is believed by this writer that the worst of all these declines is our moral decline, for John Adams said, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
We need not be in search of Ronald Reagan, we need to be in search of another Paul of Tarsus.