This could just as easily be entitled “Mosque” is the new “N***r.” Or, “Exoneration” does not equal “Hung Jury.” [Note, this was originally entitled "The First Amendment for Bigots" but the current title seems more apropos.]
Dr. Laura in her salad days
The confluence of Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s N-word rant (but more disturbingly, the clueless, racist underlying comments justifying the use) and the “Ground Zero Mosque,” and the “Blago Skates on 23 Counts” is simply stunning in its stupidity, its cupidity and its ignorance-as-evil. It paints a stunning picture of the grotesqueries of the Ugly American.
We have to peer beneath the words into their meanings, because that’s the thread through Daedalus’ maze. The Minotaur we already know: we have been living with it ever since Joe McCarthy successfully coalesced an entire political party around the emotion of hate in the 1950s. The yowling has risen and fallen in intensity since, but the hate is at the core.
Remember the First Amendment? You have an absolute right to say stupid things. You also have an absolute right to suffer the consequences of the stupid things you say. So, let’s evaluate the latest bumper crop of stupid things, shall we?
Here’s a little rhetorical test using a variable to see what one sounds like on the Bigotry-meter:
Substitute the word “Jew” for the term in question and see if you sound like Goebbels.
I call it the Bigot’s Test, or, perhaps the pons REALLY asinorum.
This is not an instance of the popular misperception of Godwin’s Law. This is a test to see if Godwin’s Law is already in effect, using a code word variable “z.”
Here: let z = Jew
Ready? Here we go. I have reproduced the transcript of Doctor Laura’s N-Word Rant in its entirety, having made the substitution of “Jew” for “Black,” “Kike” for “Nigger” and “Pamela Geller” for “Jade.” The original transcript is at (and a h/t to) MediaMatters:
Geller on Huckabee on Faux Nooz™
Dr. Laura’s Anti-semitic Rant (adapted from original sources)
SCHLESSINGER: Pamela Geller, welcome to the program.
GELLER: Hi, Dr. Laura.
GELLER: I’m having an issue with my husband where I’m starting to grow very resentful of him. I’m Jewish, and he’s white. We’ve been around some of his friends and family members who start making antisemitic comments as if I’m not there or if I’m not Jewish. And my husband ignores those comments, and it hurts my feelings. And he acts like –
SCHLESSINGER: Well, can you give me an example of an anti-Semitic comment? ‘Cause sometimes people are hypersensitive. So tell me what’s — give me two good examples of anti-Semitic comments.
GELLER: OK. Last night — good example — we had a neighbor come over, and this neighbor — when every time he comes over, it’s always a Jewish comment. It’s, “Oh, well, how do you Jewish people like doing this?” And, “Do Jewish people really like doing that?” And for a long time, I would ignore it. But last night, I got to the point where it –
SCHLESSINGER: I don’t think that’s anti-Semitic.
GELLER: Well, the stereotype –
SCHLESSINGER: I don’t think that’s anti-Semitic. No, I think that –
SCHLESSINGER: No, no, no. I think that’s — well, listen, without giving much thought, a lot of Jews voted for Lieberman simply ’cause he was half-Jewish. Didn’t matter what he was gonna do in office, it was a Jewish thing. You gotta know that. That’s not a surprise. Not everything that somebody says — we had friends over the other day; we got about 35 people here — the guys who were gonna start playing basketball. I was going to go out and play basketball. My bodyguard and my dear friend is a Jewish man. And I said, “White men can’t do taxes; I want you on my team.” That was anti-Semitic? That was funny.
GELLER: How about “kike”? So, “kike”’s been thrown around –
SCHLESSINGER: Jewish guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a Jewish comic, and all you hear is Kike, Kike, Kike.
GELLER: That isn’t –
SCHLESSINGER: I don’t get it. If anybody without enough Hebrew school says it, it’s a horrible thing; but when Jewish people say it, it’s affectionate. It’s very confusing. Don’t hang up, I want to talk to you some more. Don’t go away.
I’m Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I’ll be right back.
After taking a commercial break, Schlessinger resumed her discussion with the caller:
SCHLESSINGER: I’m Dr. Laura Schlessinger, talking to Pamela Geller. What did you think about during the break, by the way?
GELLER: I was a little caught back by “kike” that you spewed out, I have to be honest with you. But my point is, race relations –
SCHLESSINGER: Oh, then I guess you don’t watch HBO or listen to any Jewish comedians.
GELLER: But that doesn’t make it right. I mean, race is a [unintelligible] –
SCHLESSINGER: My dear, my dear –
GELLER: — since Lieberman’s been in office –
SCHLESSINGER: — the point I’m trying to make –
GELLER: — anti-semitism has come to another level that’s unacceptable.
SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. We’ve got a Jewish man as president, and we have more complaining about anti-Semitism than ever. I mean, I think that’s hilarious.
GELLER: But I think, honestly, because there’s more white people afraid of a Jewish man taking over the nation.
SCHLESSINGER: They’re afraid.
Geller and buddy Coulter
GELLER: If you want to be honest about it [unintelligible]
SCHLESSINGER: Dear, they voted him in. Only 2 percent of the population’s Jewish. Whites voted him in.
GELLER: It was the younger generation that did it. It wasn’t the older white people who did it.
SCHLESSINGER: Oh, OK.
GELLER: It was the younger generation –
SCHLESSINGER: All right. All right.
GELLER: — that did it.
SCHLESSINGER: Chip on your shoulder. I can’t do much about that.
GELLER: It’s not like that.
SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. I think you have too much sensitivity –
GELLER: So it’s OK to say “Kike”?
SCHLESSINGER: — and not enough sense of humor.
GELLER: It’s OK to say that word?
SCHLESSINGER: It depends how it’s said.
GELLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?
SCHLESSINGER: It’s — it depends how it’s said. Jewish guys talking to each other seem to think it’s OK.
GELLER: But you’re not Jewish. They’re not Jewish. My husband is white.
SCHLESSINGER: Oh, I see. So, a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can’t do much about that.
GELLER: I can’t believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the “Kike” word, and I hope everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: I didn’t spew out the “Kike” word.
GELLER: You said, “Kike, Kike, Kike.”
SCHLESSINGER: Right, I said that’s what you hear.
GELLER: Everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: Yes, they did.
GELLER: I hope everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: They did, and I’ll say it again –
GELLER: So what makes it OK for you to say the word?
SCHLESSINGER: — Kike, Kike, Kike is what you hear on HB –
GELLER: So what makes it –
SCHLESSINGER: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence?
SCHLESSINGER: Don’t take things out of context. Don’t ADL [Anti Defamation League] me. Tape the –
GELLER: I know what the ADL –
SCHLESSINGER: Leave them in context.
GELLER: I know what “kike” means and I know it came from a white person. And I know the white person made it bad.
SCHLESSINGER: All right. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can’t have this argument. You know what? If you’re that hypersensitive about ethnicity and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race. If you’re going to marry out of your race, people are going to say, “OK, what do Blacks think? What do whites think? What do Hispanics think? What do Catholics think?” Of course there isn’t a one-think per se. But in general there’s “think.”
And what I just heard from Pamela Geller is a lot of what I hear from Jewish-think — and it’s really distressting [sic] and disturbing. And to put it in its context, she said “kike”, and I said, on HBO, listening to Jewish comics, you hear “Kike, Kike, Kike.” I didn’t call anybody a Kike. Nice try, Pamela Geller. Actually, sucky try.
Need a sense of humor, sense of humor — and answer the question. When somebody says, “What do Jews think?” say, “This is what I think. This is what I read that if you take a poll the majority of Jews think this.” Answer the question and discuss the issue. It’s like we can’t discuss anything without saying there’s -isms?
We have to be able to discuss these things. We’re people — goodness gracious me. Ah — hypersensitivity, OK, which is being bred by Jewish activists. I really thought that once we had a Jewish president, the attempt to demonize whites hating Jews would stop, but it seems to have grown, and I don’t get it. Yes, I do. It’s all about power. I do get it. It’s all about power and that’s sad because what should be in power is not power or righteousness to do good — that should be the greatest power.
Thus Spake Zarathustra.
There is no “Mosque” being built at Ground Zero. There is only a Muslim YMCA being proposed for a couple of blocks away. The level of bigotry that we are allowing to pass is astonishing. Convert “Muslim” and “Imam” to the “N-word” and see where the Bigot’s Test puts the rhetoric.
Blago exonerated? I guess some people will believe any spin, no matter how feeble.
Unfortunately, too many of them work in the news media.