Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Calling for Someone to Be Fired For Saying "Retarded" is Retarded

I'm not a big fan of Sarah Palin, but I'm not a Palin-basher either. Her latest outburst, however, a call for Rahm Emanuel to be fired for using the word "retarded," is about as retarded as it gets.
Palin called for his firing for comments attributed to him in a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal article where he called plans by liberal groups to run ads against moderate Democrats "F—ing retarded." ... “Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking,”

That's some hysterical, emotional nonsense worthy of her hater-in-chief Andrew Sullivan. From her statement you'd think Rahm got up in front of a bunch of learning-disabled children and called them retards, instead of just slamming an ad. You might even think a Republican like Palin would find it amusing that a Democrat called a bunch of liberals retards. I know I did. But no, she's more interested in posturing and trying to impose limits on other people's speech. 

Ok Sarah, we get it. You have a Downs Syndrome child and you have a strong dislike for the word retard. If someone used it around you or your children, you'd be within your rights to take offense. But believe it or not, many people have long used the word retarded as a synonym for stupid, without directing it or intending it as a slur against children who are actually developmentally disabled -- anymore than when we use the word stupid, we are attacking people who lack intelligence because of physiological or mental problems beyond their control. Your ridiculous overreaction to a harmless statement is the type of behavior normally associated with hypersensitive leftists and political correctness. Apparently political correctness is just fine when it affects your areas of sensitivity

Emanuel has reportedly apologized for his remark. Politico’s Ben Smith reported Tuesday that Emanuel called Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics last Wednesday and apologized for his comment.
I wish I could say that this is unbelievable. But this is where we've come to. Here you have someone that has to make a public apology to an organization that has nothing to do with anything he said. He should have refused to apologize, since he did nothing wrong. The whole thing is totally retarded.


  1. I wish I could say I believe Sarah Palin was genuinely (if retardedly) offended by Emanuel's remark. Unfortunately, I think it's more likely that she needed her attention fix for this week. I was a fan of hers for a short time in 2008, and I'm sorry for that now.

  2. Yeah, I was interested in her after she gave her opening speech after being nominated for vice-president. But it's been all downhill from there.