WASHINGTON, August 24, 2017 — “It is well that war is so terrible,” said Confederate General Robert E. Lee, “Otherwise, we would grow too fond of it.” But the folks at the sports network ESPN can’t get their fill of refighting the Civil War.
Like Union forces under General George McClellan, ESPN has been thrown into paralysis by Lee.
But the Lee in question is not the white-whiskered general who met defeat on the battlefield at Gettysburg; it is sports announcer Robert Lee, an Asian-American, play-by-play announcer with the network.
ESPN said Lee will not be providing color commentary for the opening University of Virginia football game. That is “simply because of the coincidence of his name,” the network admitted in a statement.
In light of violent demonstrations over statues of Confederate generals that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, the network felt that pre-emptive retreat was their best option.
“In that moment, it felt right to all parties,” the ESPN statement said. “It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”
The war ESPN is fighting is cultural, not historical. And it is one that requires constant obedience to the bizarre fetishes trotted out by an increasingly bizarre left.
In his book “Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture,” Geoffrey Hughes writes:
“Political correctness includes a sense of obligation or conformity in areas which should be (or are) matters of choice. Nevertheless, it has had a major influence on what is regarded as ‘acceptable’ or ‘appropriate’ in language, ideas, behavioral norms and values.”
ESPN surrendered one of its on-air personalities to an implied, not direct, command from its perceived master. But anticipating the needs of one’s overlord is a classic sign of mind control, more in keeping with screwball religious cults.
Sociologist Stephen Kent of the University of Alberta bluntly describes the Church of Scientology’s reprograming of wayward adherents “brainwashing,” which entails “not only the adoption of the leaders’ ideologies but also the renunciation of previous ideas that might have indicated degrees of social or intellectual independence.”
It’s clear the folks at ESPN saw the unhinged reaction from the guardians of political correctness, the mainstream media, at President Donald Trump’s refusal to side with radical Antifa and affiliated violent groups that recently demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Anticipating a similar backlash, the network sidelined Lee, one of its college football announcers, simply because his name might trigger thoughts of a leading Confederate general.
Unlike his fellow Republicans in Washington, Trump is no prisoner to political correctness:
“They have put political correctness above common sense, above your safety and above all else,” he said of the media and the Obama administration’s refusal to call out the Orlando nightclub shooter as a jihadist barbarian.
Amanda Hess, writing in The New York Times Magazine, lamented Trump’s channeling “the anger and humiliation of having your language scrutinized and reverses its flow, vocalizing any forbidden idea that comes into his head.”
Like Antifa thugs, the P.C. guardians of the press believe that individuals sometimes hold “forbidden ideas”, illicit thoughts to be expunged from our minds by Scientology-like “auditors” until we are made “clear.”
In his book “Dianetics,” science fiction author and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote:
“A Clear can be tested for any and all psychoses, neuroses, compulsions, and repressions (all aberrations) and can be examined for any autogenic (self-generated) diseases referred to as psychosomatic ills. These tests confirm the Clear to be entirely without such ills or aberrations.”
According to Hubbard, a Clear is a person who, with the help of Scientology, is in touch with his inner “Thetan,” the eternal space aliens inhabiting each and every resident of Teegeeack, as Earth was called millions of years ago when it served as a death camp for the vicious ruler Xenu, leader of the Galactic Confederacy.
Here’s hoping ESPN hasn’t got an on-air personality named Xenu, and that there are no bronze statues commemorating his namesake’s planetary Confederacy somewhere in Charlottesville, Virginia.