[VIDEO & POSTERS] The paralyzing effects of Leftist speech codes

censoredShould I apologize for the number of videos about free speech I’m sending your way today?  It’s just that there are so many good ones that friends have sent me that I feel compelled to share them.  Take, for example, Colin Quinn’s short, pungent, hysterically funny riff about the way in the Leftist speech police make ordinary conversation impossible:

I found the video especially relevant today because a friend of mine (nice gal, but very Left) posted two cartoons in the last two days, both of which she thought very meaningful and both of which are intended to shut down speech entirely:

No speech on abortion if you're a man

You got that? Even though the life form growing in every pregnant woman’s body could come into being only because of a man’s participation in some way (even if it’s just shooting sperm into a cup) and even though 50% of that baby’s DNA comes from the man, the man must SHUT UP. That sounds like censorship to me.

And how about this one, which is aimed at preventing white people from weighing in on political issues that the Left has framed in terms of race in order to silence whites:

I'm not racist

It’s completely whacked out the way that the Left has managed to conflate race and illegal immigration. I don’t care if the people coming in illegally come from Mexico, Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Spain, Sweden, or anywhere else. It’s not their race that bothers me, it’s their illegality.  We, sane conservative Americans, have been stupid idiots to let the Left turn immigration into a racial issue rather than one tied to sovereignty and respect for the law.

As Victor Davis Hanson points out, though, Trump seems to have tapped into a deep vein of Americans who have realized that the issue isn’t race but is, instead, a totally lawless executive branch of the American government that is refusing to carry out its constitutional duty to enforce the laws of the United States of America:

Over the years immigration activists successfully deconstructed the complex issue of illegal immigration into a race and class morality tale of privileged whites picking on poor brown people. The operative buzzwords were “racism,” “nativism,” and “xenophobia.” That theme is now mostly bankrupt given that every great lie eventually falls from its own weight.

It was rarely the host, but more often the activists on behalf of the guests, who framed illegal immigration in racial terms. Activists foolishly fabricated the controversy as “we noble Latinos” against “you prejudiced non-Latinos.” They forgot apparently two obvious truths: one, thirty percent of Americans are not so-called white; and, two, most people resent ethnic chauvinism. Is an unemployed African-American sympathetic to the argument that someone has a birthright to illegally cross into the United States and find instant employment? Is a Punjabi-American, waiting patiently for his engineer cousin to get a green card, eager to be told the United States must make special concessions to the Latino lobby? Does a third-generation Mexican-American prefer that his neighborhood school and emergency room be flooded with indigent illegal Mexican nationals?

Sometime in the last five years, the public woke up and grasped that Latino elite activists were not so much interested in illegal immigration per se, but only to the degree that the issue affected other Latinos. Were 3,000 Chinese illegally entering California per day by ship on the Northern California coast, Latino activists and politicians would probably be the first to call for enforcement of federal immigration law.

So, I’m not racist, but I really, really hate illegal immigration and I also think the black president who encouraged it on his watch should be impeached.