William Saturn: ‘The New PC Culture’

William Saturn is a citizen journalist who frequently covers alternative parties and independent candidates and an IPR author/editor. Original article at Saturn’s Repository:

Madonna speaks at the Women’s March
Image: Associated Press

Donald Trump’s election as President was, in part, a reaction to PC culture; a culture which regards the utterance of certain speech as worse than the offense of violent crimes. Unfortunately, the election of Trump has not eliminated this culture. Instead, it has evolved. Some of those who spoke out against PC culture before Trump’s election now enforce their own version of it. Take a look at a couple recent examples:

Katie Rich, a writer for the NBC show Saturday Night Live (SNL) made a crude joke on Twitter during Trump’s inauguration calling Trump’s son Barron the “first homeschool shooter.” While the joke was poor, particularly since Barron is not home-schooled, the reaction of supposed PC opponents, mostly on the Right, was far worse. An angry mob of 124,410 people signed a petition on Change.org calling for Rich’s immediate ouster from SNL. After a few days, the petitioners were granted their wish as NBC suspended Rich’s contract indefinitely despite an apology. The Right’s troubling impulse here is interesting considering how vehemently they defended those who were fired for similar thoughtcrimes in recent years such as celebrity chef Paula Deen and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. Apparently free speech only matters to the Right until a Leftist says something they do not like. The Left, in defending Rich, reveal themselves as hypocrites since they shouted the loudest for the firings of Deen and Robertson. Of course, NBC’s firing of Rich was not a State action, and so no “rights” were trampled, but the renewed knee jerk desire, this time from the Right, to punish unpopular speakers, entails the same disdain for speech, previously documented, largely from those on the Left, that could one day lead to laws against certain unpopular speech. In fact, there has been one widely reported instance in the Trump era where the State itself wielded its power to attack free speech. That leads to the next example.

At the Women’s March on Washington, a day after the inauguration of Trump, pop musician Madonna made the rhetorical comment that she had thought about “blowing up the White House.” Hearing the full the context of her speech (that concluded, “I choose love!”) it seems clear she was speaking metaphorically and not making a literal threat. Nevertheless, in the hysteria that followed, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, journalist Piers Morgan, and others called for Madonna’s arrest. The Secret Service actually paid her a visit, a very chilling effect on speech we have previously seen. Yet, despite criticizing the Secret Service’s investigations of so-called threats against President Barack Obama, the Right has no qualms about such misuse of the Secret Service when a Rightist occupies the White House. Curiously, rock musician Ted Nugent, a target of a Secret Service investigation for comments he made in 2012, publicly endorsed the Secret Service investigation of Madonna. Rather than take a principled stance against Secret Service abuse, he felt it better to let history repeat once the shoe was on the other foot. However, the shoe will change feet again, at some point. That never seems to be understood.

In the Trump era, the PC regime has simply shifted hands again. Among the mainstream of both the Left and the Right, the language game is a convenient tool to score political points against the other side. Free speech advocacy is mere illusion. Despite the many great attacks Trump waged against PC culture during his presidential campaign, he too was caught in the new PC culture with an offhand Tweet promoting a ban on flag burning after watching a segment on Fox & Friends. Of course such a law would violate the First Amendment. The Supreme Court held in Texas v. Johnson that flag burning is protected speech that expresses extreme disapproval of American policy. Perhaps, like on the issue of torture, Trump will defer to the expertise of others on forming actual policy. In his first week, Trump did not sign any executive orders or legislation restricting the practice of free speech. Unlike some of his supporters, his public condemnation of Rich and Madonna was appropriate, stopping short of calling for any “punishment” of the two. It remains to be seen if Trump has the effect on PC culture as I had hoped during the election. Still, he has his full presidency ahead of him. Even though I supported his candidacy, I plan to keep a watchful eye on the actions of his government as I continue to endorse free expression and free thought.

16 thoughts on “William Saturn: ‘The New PC Culture’

  1. Andy

    I have only skimmed through this, but I saw no connection to minor parties or independent candidates, so unless I missed something, why is this posted here?

  2. paulie Post author

    I covered my ass on that in the blurb. If I wanted to cover it further I could mention Drumpf’s former alt party ties. But, the main reason it’s posted here is because it relates to a lot of past IPR discussions in the comment sections.

  3. Carol Moore

    It’s even getting bad in LP. Noisy libertarians are saying the LP should not DARE name it’s 2018 convention “LP: Pro-choice on Everything” because that is SUCH an insult to the abortion prohibitionists and the anti-abortion people who refuse to admit that “Keep the government out of it” is essentially a pro-choice position.

    You never heard such caterwauling and threats to quit the party or boycott the convention if that name is chosen. The special snowflakes are just SO triggerred!!

  4. dL

    But, the main reason it’s posted here is because it relates to a lot of past IPR discussions in the comment sections.

    Axiom: the more corrupt the polity, the more pervasive the postmodernist social conformity of victimhood identity. It’s not a left or right thing. Everyone becomes a “snowflake.” The elites police the categories of victimhood, and the proles whine on demand.

  5. Andy

    “Carol Moore
    March 13, 2017 at 10:54
    It’s even getting bad in LP. Noisy libertarians are saying the LP should not DARE name it’s 2018 convention “LP: Pro-choice on Everything” because that is SUCH an insult to the abortion prohibitionists and the anti-abortion people who refuse to admit that “Keep the government out of it” is essentially a pro-choice position.”

    Carol, if pro-life vigilantes were to rush an abortion clinic, would you favor not using the government’s police to stop them? If not, then you do NOT really want to keep the government out of abortion.

  6. dL

    Carol, if pro-life vigilantes were to rush an abortion clinic, would you favor not using the government’s police to stop them? If not, then you do NOT really want to keep the government out of abortion.

    If it’s the ladies vs Andy Jacobs, my money is on the ladies. No cops needed…

  7. Andy

    “dL
    March 13, 2017 at 11:37
    ‘Carol, if pro-life vigilantes were to rush an abortion clinic, would you favor not using the government’s police to stop them? If not, then you do NOT really want to keep the government out of abortion.’
    If it’s the ladies vs Andy Jacobs, my money is on the ladies. No cops needed…”

    Idiotic statement on multiple levels.

    First off, I am NOT really into the pro-life cause, so you are not going to see me rushing into any abortion clinics.

    Second of all, you are going with a false assumption that all women support abortion, when in REALITY, there are many women who are opposed to abortion, including some who are self identified libertarians, like Caryn Ann Harlos, Julie Borowski, and Julia Tourianski.

  8. Andy

    “William Saturn is a citizen journalist who frequently covers alternative parties and independent candidates and an IPR author/editor. Original article at Saturn’s Repository:”

    William Saturn being a person who covers minor parties and independent candidates does not make this an article that should have its own thread on IPR. Neither does Donald Trump at one time having considered running for President under the Reform Party banner. This article should have been posted in the Open Thread.

    If William Saturn had written an article about minor parties and independent candidates, or something related to this, I could see it meriting being its own article here, but this article does not cut it in my opinion.

  9. Andy

    Aren’t 51% of babies born female? This would indicate, that statistically speaking, a large percentage of abortions are done on female fetuses. Is aborting a female fetus anti-woman?

  10. paulie Post author

    William Saturn being a person who covers minor parties and independent candidates does not make this an article that should have its own thread on IPR. Neither does Donald Trump at one time having considered running for President under the Reform Party banner. This article should have been posted in the Open Thread.

    Thank you for your opinion. I disagree, and in keeping with long standing IPR policies, will keep posting my fellow IPR editors’ opinion pieces when I find them interesting, with a blurb like the one up establishing the alt party connection. I’m not interested in debating this policy.

  11. paulie Post author

    this article does not cut it in my opinion.

    And yet you are commenting on it multiple times, as opposed to all the thousands of IPR articles that have zero comments.

  12. paulie Post author

    Graphic apparently was made by some commies, so we disagree on a lot of issues, but they have a good point about the conservatives, and I also agree with them on quite a few of these as well:

  13. dL

    Idiotic statement on multiple levels. First off, I am NOT really into the pro-life cause, so you are not going to see me rushing into any abortion clinics.

    Not into the pro-life cause… not likely for someone who keeps posting vigilante fantasies. And you don’t imagine yourself leading the charge? Who is leading the charge in that imagination of yours?

    Second of all, you are going with a false assumption that all women support abortion

    Never said any such thing. I understand that making shit up, obfuscation, deflection, whining, misconstruing opponents remarks, endless harping on false dilemmas is part and parcel of that Alex Jones cesspool you apparently paddle in, but your schtick for anyone who declines to wade in that garbage is a joke.

    Is Julie Borowski, another libertarian woman, “anti-women’s rights” as well?

    Intentionally misrepresenting an argument and finding some youtube talking selfie as “evidence” is precisely how the internet makes lazy and dumb people even dumber.

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