A Retarded Double Standard

Many times something comes up in the news that seems almost comical in a sense. Usually they aren’t pointed out unless you’re watching the Daily Show or the Colbert Report, but sometimes they simply just play out in perfect timing, and you wonder if it was scripted or just a wild dream you were having.

Such an event played out between Sarah Palin, Rahm Emanuel, and Rush Limbaugh over the weekend, and all of it over the dreaded “R-word”. In a closed-door meeting, Rahm Emanuel was all hyped up over dissident Democrats as “F—ing retarded.” Granted, even behind closed doors, that sort of language isn’t acceptable, and Emanuel rightly apologized for the comment.

Sarah Palin later chimed in on her blogs, claiming that Emanuel committed “a slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities,” and called for his immediate dismissal from his position as White House Chief of Staff. While I’ve never agreed with anything Sarah Palin ever did during her Vice Presidential run, I have to admit that she makes a great point. I agree that it was wildly inappropriate for Emanuel to toss such a word around, and while I wouldn’t call for his immediate dismissal, I feel that some sort of repercussion should be felt, such as a fine or something similar.

I’m kind of surprised I agreed with Palin on something. It actually feels sort of good. Why don’t I do it more often?

Later, Rush Limbaugh, famous for being a “giant blowhard,” went on his own rant about what Emanuel said, saying, “Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards.” He went on to say, “I think their big news is he’s out there calling Obama’s number one supporters f’ing retards. So now there’s going to be a meeting. There’s going to be a retard summit at the White House. Much like the beer summit between Obama and Gates and that cop in Cambridge.”

“Retard summit”? Oh, Rush, I hope you’re ready to feel the wrath of Sarah Palin, ’cause here it comes!

…. where is it? Where is the unholy wrath of Sarah Palin? Where are the calls for Rush Limbaugh to be fired? To have a hefty fine slapped on him?

There is nothing. This is probably why I don’t agree with Sarah Palin.

While she did make a blanket statement of “crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful,” by not specifically addressing Limbaugh like she addressed Emanuel, she’s is showing her true colors: Republicans occasionally have slips of the tongue, and Democrats are retarded.

This isn’t the first time Palin has said something ridiculous: on the campaign trail, she claimed that being in close proximity to Russia is foreign policy experience (I don’t have the direct quote, so that’s all I’ll say on the matter); in a recent interview, she said that the only way Obama can guaranteed re-election is to declare war on Iran. So much wrong with most of these statements.

I’m not a fan of improper use of words, just as much as I’m not a fan of political correctness. I’m not a fan of double standards, either. And overall, this sort of political bogusness is the worst of all. It’s unacceptable for anyone to toss out the word “retard” so loosely, but it’s even more of an abomination to hold a double standard based on politics.

But, that sort of rant will be saved for another day. For now, I leave you with the wise words of Stephen Colbert. Enjoy.

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