The End Is Near
by L. Brent Bozell III
There no longer is any doubt in my mind that
Western civilization as we know it is finished. Kaput. History. While some of
us (the Clinton administration excepted) fretted over the proliferation of
nuclear missiles worldwide; chemical and biological weapons of mass
destruction being produced in the Middle East; and a Vast Right Wing
Conspiracy at home, something far more sinister, far more destructive was
occurring right under our noses.
We are stupefying ourselves to death.
Pick up a paper -- any paper -- any day and
you'll read the evidence of our collective cultural meltdown at the hands of
the PC police whose behavior has become so bizarre even they don't see how
ridiculous they've become.
Topping the list has to be the animal rights
activists, who have now broken new ground in their crusade to save all of
God's little critters by striking a blow on behalf of all of God's little dead
critters. It seems that on a recent broadcast of the "Howard Stern Radio
Show" on CBS, the host had chosen to spank the derriere of one of his
guests with a dead fish. Dawn Carr, the Campaign Coordinator for People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was not amused, and publicly condemning this
action declared that using dead fish this way "shows a sad disrespect for
life, certainly for the lives of those fish."
What could be a bigger waste of God-given
talent than to fight for the cause of dead fish? How about fighting for the
rights of live cockroaches?
Item from Organizational Trends (published by
the Capital Research Center): "The summer hit movie 'Men in Black' is
about two secret agents whose job is to protect the world from evil giant
cockroaches from outer space... According to Barry Sonnenfeld, the film's
director, people from the American Humane Association always had to be on the
set to make sure no cockroaches had their rights violated: 'In each shot we
had to tell them how many roaches we were using. So if we had eighty roaches
coming out of a dumpster they would actually count -- "We're missing
three, guys!" -- and we'd be shooting at ten thousand dollars an hour,
looking for three roaches.'"
As obnoxious as the PC police are those who
march to the nearest courthouse to file suit over any matter, no matter how
trivial or illogical. Latrell Sprewell is the basketball player who last year
tried to choke his coach to death. After the Golden State Warriors released
him (more PC: in sports, players are never "fired") Sprewell filed
one lawsuit after another, blaming just about everyone for the injustice done him.
His latest suit? According to The Sporting News, now "Sprewell is going
after his agent, Arn Tellem, for failing to negotiate a salary protection
clause in his contract. In other words, Tellem should have foreseen that
Sprewell would approach the breaking point and choke his coach."
Then there's this item from the Pro Life
InfoNet: In Albuquerque a man is suing his ex-girlfriend for breach of contact
for getting pregnant when they allegedly agreed she wouldn't. Peter Wallis
accuses Kellie Rae Smith of stopping birth control, and in his lawsuit accuses
her of "breach of contract, fraud and conversion of property -- his
But when the PC police decide to use the
courtroom to advance their causes, life really does become worth not living.
According to the November 17 Reuters, five women working for the Safeway food
chain in California have filed discrimination charges with federal and state
fair employment agencies as a first step in a planned lawsuit against the
company. Their beef: A company customer service program forces Safeway
employees to smile and make eye contact with customers and that this has led
to -- you guessed it -- sexual harassment. And by having employees smile, thus
exposing them to sexual harassment from customers, Safeway has therefore
tolerated, if not fostered, a "hostile work environment."
How stupid have we become? A final item,
courtesy of the Washington Times. This past summer, Scott Krueger, a freshman
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, drank himself to death. In a
novel legal maneuver, prosecutors in Boston decided to file manslaughter
charges against his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. After months of legal work,
everyone showed up to court on October 24 -- except the defendant. Because,
um, there was no defendant. As Randy Chapman, chairman of the Massachusetts
Bar Association, explained, "It's like if you have a party and someone
gets hurt, then everybody goes home and they indict the party." Case
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