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September 3, 2013

PC orthodoxy is destroying America

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Fair officials dubbed the stunt “unconscionable.” The clown in the Obama mask has since been banned — for life! — from performing at the Missouri State Fair. (A-Rod gets a season-and-a-half. This poor guy is banned for life.) And the rest of the rodeo staff is to be subjected to the humiliation of “sensitivity training.”

Meanwhile, Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri chapter of the NAACP, issued this statement: “The activities at the Missouri State Fair, targeting and inciting violence against our president, are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department. Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances, and outdoor events in general speak volumes to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair.”

The stupidity of that statement speaks for itself, but, of course, politicians from both parties started running for cover while harrumphing about intolerance and racism.

The radical left in this country will not be happy until every voice opposed to their agenda has been silenced. It’s that simple. And gutless Republicans who go along with this nonsense are playing right into their hands.

Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.

Fortunately, there are still voices of reason in the arena. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, invited the rodeo clown at the center of this storm to come to Texas and perform. “Liberals want to bronco-bust dissent,” Stockman said in a statement released by his congressional office, “but Texans value free speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with. From [the late liberal columnist] Molly Ivins to [outspoken conservative congressman] Louie Gohmert and every opinion in between, Texans value free and open political speech. I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have the performers.”

It sounds like there are still a few courageous elected officials left in Texas. Too bad we can’t say the same for Missouri.

Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.

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