“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” ― George Orwell1984

Welcome to America, where everyone is now offended by everything to the point where we need to rewrite history.

On Monday, Americans will be celebrating Columbus Day.  In most states, that is.  But there’s a growing movement among those who want to rewrite the history books to remove the holiday.  But keep the paid day off, of course.

Vermont is the latest state to  replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Not that anyone is surprised.

The state’s governor signed off on a bill that removes Columbus Day from Vermont’s list of state holidays, instead adding Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  The purpose is apparently to “recognize the historic and cultural significance of indigenous people in Vermont”.

The governor said everyone needs to relax.

“I know it’s controversial from many standpoints, from many people, but you know, it’s just a day, and we’ll get through it,” he said of the measure. “And we’ve been treating it as something different over the last couple of years through resolutions. Without any technical difficulties within the bill, I’ll probably sign it.”

So… if it’s “just a day” and “we’ll get through it”… then why bother to change it?

Because… words and feelings, that’s why.  This is what happens when political correctness runs wild.  And it’s not just holidays.

My daughter isn’t allowed to sit “Indian Style” anymore.  She has to sit “criss cross apple sauce.” Because we don’t want to offend Native Americans.

But it’s apparently not offensive to take a knee during the National Anthem.

There’s an uproar to remove a mural from the Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts … because there’s a picture of a Chinese guy eating with chopsticks, and apparently that is racist.

But somehow creating a scholarship that you can only qualify for if you’re black isn’t.

We need to remove statues of General Robert E. Lee and others because … fascism.  

But apparently censoring speech and removing historical references that you don’t like isn’t fascist.

We need to change the emoji of a gun on the iPhone to a squirt gun … because we don’t want to trigger people.

But it’s O.K. for a Democrat running for town council to say that all gun supporters should have been on the Las Vegas strip during the mass shooting.

Bosses expecting employees to show up on time is racist. Violence is completely acceptable if it’s against President Donald Trump and if it’s called for by the Left. Following a convicted terrorist is O.K. as long as she’s leading a “women’s protest” and wearing a vagina hat. Free speech is allowed on college campuses unless you’re a conservative.

The irony to all of this, of course, is that “political correctness” against “fascism” has become the very “fascism” that is being protested.

I don’t need to be a doctor to be able to declare that “common sense” is dead in America. 

People are screaming for more gun laws after Vegas, saying that laws will keep bad guys in line.  If only we made murder illegal … right?

In the meantime, heart disease kills 610,000 people per year. So should we ban double cheeseburgers?  Bacon?  Ice cream?  After all, if we reduce the number of heart-related deaths by just 10%, we’ll save twice the number of people killed by guns each year.

Ridiculous, right?  Wrong!  We need to ban everything!

Wait – your school mascot for the last 50 years involved a Chief or a tomahawk to pay homage to Native Americans?  Everyone that went to that school is clearly a bigot.

You believe that a person should be judged and promoted in the business world based on the person’s skills and qualifications and NOT based on sex, age, skin color, sexuality, or socio-economic background?  You a sexist, racist, ageist, xenophobic, homophobic PIG!

See the problem we have here?  Those of us who have common sense are apparently the enemy.

Those of us who support police are now evil and stand by the devil.

Those of us who respect the American flag and the men and women who serve and protect it are now occupiers, Nazis, and bootlickers.

Those of us who support capitalism, the free market, and the ability for anyone and everyone to work hard and create something and provide for their family are now elitist.

But here’s the problem with all of this.

When EVERYTHING is racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, and fascist … then NOTHING is.

While you’re off wearing vagina hats being triggered by 50-year-old murals and things like “duck duck goose” in our school districts … true incidents of discrimination are happening, because people are starting to become numb to the words.

Enough is enough.  It’s time to declare that “political correctness” is nothing more than a tool used by those incapable of logic and reason to try to talk down to those they don’t agree with.

It’s time to start treating these individuals as the petulant children they are.  Let’s stop pandering to their micro-aggressions and remind them that the adults are back in charge.

Because this is just getting ridiculous … and true patriots are sick of it.

Vermont now joins Hawaii, New Mexico, Maine and a number of other states that have chosen to ditch Columbus Day in favor of holidays honoring indigenous people.

Not that we should be surprised.  It is Vermont, after all.

This Monday, city council members in Burlington, Vermont passed a resolution in a 10-2 vote that will let non-citizens to vote in local elections.

 

Councilman Adam Roof sponsored the resolution.  His argument?  That people here illegally are still residents of the city.  He said they should be allowed to vote regardless of whether or not they are U.S. citizens.

“The right to vote is more important now than ever before,” Roof said. “All residents have the right, in my eyes, to participate in the local democratic process, and the highest level of participation in that process is being able to cast your vote.”

Council President Kurt Wright voted against the bill.  He’s one of only two council members to do so.  According to him (and anyone who actually gives a damn about America), voting is a privilege reserved for American citizens.

“I think that’s important. I would not expect to move to another country and not become a citizen and expect to be voting in their elections,” said Wright, a Republican.

He said it blatantly disrespects the will of the people.

“We voted on this just a few years ago and the citizens of Burlington voted significantly against it so I’m not supportive of this proposal.”

Burlington is the hometown of 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

It’s also considered the largest city in Vermont, with estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau putting it at about 42,000 people.  It’s also the home of the University of Vermont, which hosts at least 10,000 undergraduate students.

Before it can become law, the resolution needs approval from the state legislature.

In the meantime, a city councilor there is also pushing to disarm police officers in the Queen City.

“How much is the lethal force — is it really causing at the end of the day, more harm than benefit?” said Perri Freeman, a self-proclaimed progressive representing the city.

She floated the idea at a recent council meeting.  Her suggestion was that communities should be thinking about new ways of policing in the United States.

According to Freeman, she spent lots of time in Iceland and police are unarmed there.

Where is the “eyeroll” emoji when you need one?

She tries to make the argument that there are only a few times that police need weapons.

You know, like the recent “mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso and such”.

She also added that “the day in and day out of police work is not engaging with that”, and so they apparently don’t need guns.

She argues it’s time to change the culture of policing.  She argues that current policing a reaction to “systemic problems like inequality”.

Here’s the good news.

Right now, it’s only conversations she’s having with other local politicians or police leaders – but apparently she’s trying to gauge support from the Burlington community.

According to the head of Burlington’s police officers union, such a plan “wouldn’t fit” in any American city.

“There are a lot of guns around, and we as the police try to put ourselves in the position of advantage all the time, and to show up to an armed incident unarmed? I can’t think of anything more disadvantaged than that,” said Dan Gilligan, president of the Burlington Police Officer’s Association.

Translation: go back under the rock you’ve been hiding under.

Don’t take it personally, Freeman wants cops to know.  Her goal is simply to “keep everyone safe”.

“It’s not an overnight thing. It’s a gradual program. It’s talking about how to we really shift and talk about doing things maybe differently in a way that might be better in the long run,” she said.

She’s not the first genius to push for unarmed police officers.

Last year in Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler pushed for unarmed police officers.  They’d be “Public Safety Support Specialists”, or PS3s, who would be non-sworn officers who do not carry guns. 

“They will be engaged in the community in non-emergency calls, so that’s things like property crimes, break-ins,” Wheeler tells WW.

The concept came from a proposal in the 2016 police union contract approved under then-Mayor Charlie Hales.  The idea was to create Community Service Officers who would respond to minor property crimes and nuisance calls, among other things.

K9 Mick

K9 Rico and handler, Officer Jeff Dorn. (Courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

So where did they find the money?  By cutting the Mounted Patrol – or cops on horseback – from the 2018-2018 city budget.

The actual deadline was set for January 1, 2019 to implement the PS3s – but it was a date that they didn’t anticipate having the PS3s hired by.

The Portland Police Bureau says it would begin processing some background checks for potential hires in January.

But there remained a dispute about how autonomous the unarmed officers will be.

Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner, a police officer and staunch supporter of law and order, says the PS3s will not respond to calls for service without a sworn officer. That said… they might provide support by manning the front desks at precincts or waiting for tow trucks at car accidents.

It’s a much smaller and less public role than what Portland mayors have pledged.

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