It strikes us that Thomas Sowell – a brilliant man, in our opinion, and a fellow of the Hoover Institute as well as a syndicated columnist – delivered a pinpoint hit on something we’ve thought for some time. It all has to do with the new buzzphrase, “micro-aggression.” He wrote recently, “Professors at the University of California-Berkeley (home of the Speech-Free Zone; yes, indeed) have been officially warned against saying such things as ‘America is the land of opportunity.’ Why? Because this is considered to be an act of ‘micro-aggression’ against minorities and women. Supposedly it shows that you don’t take their grievances seriously and are therefore guilty of being aggressive toward them, even if only on a micro scale.” By using similar examples and effectively portraying it as so much hogwash, he brought the liberals out of the bushes by the bushels, probably because what he wrote makes so much sense that they can’t comprehend. That, folks, is pathetic. You can’t make it up. We strongly agree with Sowell on a lot of points, but chiefly this one: “The concept of micro-aggression is just one of many tactics used to stifle differences of opinion by declaring some opinions to be ‘hate speech,’ instead of debating those differences in a marketplace of ideas. To accuse people of aggression for not marching in lockstep with political correctness is to set the stage for justifying real aggression against them.” Liberals may not be aiming at autocracy, but, in Sowell’s words, “their know-it-all mindset leads repeatedly and pervasively in that direction, even if by small steps, each of which might be called “micro-totalitarianism.”
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Festival season is upon us! It’s an exciting time of year for the community, where seemingly there is always something going on. From bands to parades to vendors to summer fare and a ton of patriotism, it all adds up to make the place we call home something special. We wish you and yours a safe, restful and fun Fourth of July weekend.