Well, it was only a matter of time before we got to this point. Liberalism never fails to follow the same pattern. First we get the activists. The whackos. The idiots. The people who have nothing better to do with their time than to canvas the country, looking high and low for things that offend them. Looking high and low for things to complain about. The pessimists. These people make a profession out of unhappiness. Miserable with their lives, they intend to make sure someone pays for the way their life has turned out.
Eventually – inevitably, it seems – we go from the activists to the mainstream. Bring up gay marriage in 1992, you would be laughed at and mocked. Bring it up in 2002, and people start nodding their heads. Bring it up in 2012, and you’re a bigot if you have a contrary opinion. Not making a judgment call here on gay marriage; this is merely an illustration to show how these things always, always play out.
Now it’s this business about the Redskins. What started as a tiny minority of people supporting a change has turned into a national phenomenon. Or at least you would think so, judging by the news. However, a recent AP poll showed that a mere 14 percent of Americans agreed with abolishing the name. Even after all the hype, all the righteous broadcaster outrage, all the hand-wringing, only 14 percent of the country thinks it’s a problem.
So where do these unhappiness professionals go from here? The team’s owner has already made it clear that he’s not backing down. The fans aren’t interested. What’s the next play? Well, this is where you see the worst of liberal activism. When they can’t get the public on their side, they just start making laws. And when they get into the lawmaking spirit, there’s not a founding document in Washington that can stop them.
We’re starting locally this time, which is a favorite tactic of the left. You start small and see what you can sneak through. If no one seriously objects, you can start slowly changing things into the communist paradise of your dreams. Ground zero? Minneapolis, where the city council is tossing around plans to ban the word “Redskins” when the team plays the Vikings on November 2nd.
City council officials have even retained legal counsel, trying to determine what they can and can’t ban. After all, there’s that pesky First Amendment that always seems to get in the way. That damn Bill of Rights. When are we going to rip that crap up and throw it in the fire already?
This is, of course, why we’re starting to see this push for hate speech laws. Once liberals can get an exception to the First Amendment, they won’t face nearly this kind of opposition when trying to force a brave new language on the population. Where language goes, so go the country’s opinions. You see, the big fear here is not that the Redskins will be forced to change their name. The big fear is…what’s next?