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Retarded Thinking [Update on 05FEB2010 at 1251]

04 February 2010 @ 10:27

As you probably have heard by now, Rahm ‘The Enforcer’ Emanual was outed for having called Democrats in a meeting ‘f—ing retarded’.

Sarah Palin, over on her Facebook page, reacted quickly:

Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.

Rahmbo has now apologized*, as we learned from Ben Smith:

A White House official emails that Rahm Emanuel has acknowledged calling liberal Democrats “retarded” and apologized for the remark.

“Rahm called Tim Shriver Wednesday to apologize and the apology was accepted,” the official said.

Shriver is the Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics, which has launched a campaign against what it calls “the R word.”

I am not surprised that The Enforcer used this phrase.  After all, he’s known for being quite the vulgarian [gotta make up for those tu-tu wearing days, I guess]. 

I am not surprised that Tim Shriver demanded an apology, nor that he is waging a campaign against anyone using the words ‘retard’ or ‘retarded’.  He is after all, a PC-loving Leftist Kennedista.

I am disappointed that Sarah Palin decided to adopt the thinking and language of the politically correct [ie: Leftist] forces. 

I am in my late forties.  I grew up and have lived in the Nor-East for my whole life.  I don’t know about the rest of the country, but up here calling someone a ‘retard’ or saying that they’re ‘retarded’ has meant, at least since the 1970’s, that you think either they’re an idiot or a fool or an idea that person has just espoused is either stupid or lame or dumb. 

The word [and its variations] evolved from its original meaning when, in the 1970’s, that original meaning was deemed by the Left to be derogatory to those who were born with brain defects [this was the time, long ago and far away, when garbage men became ‘sanitation engineers’, etc].  Up here, it is on the same level as ‘pissah’ and ‘wicked’ [another word which has evolved from its original meaning to where it has nothing to do with evil or nasty, and which is often joined with the word in question (ex: ‘that’s wicked retarded’)].  In other words, when  used now to describe someone or some idea, it no longer compares the person or idea to someone born with brain damage.

It is Sarah Palin’s reaction, in this case, which is heartbreaking.

It’s wicked retarded.

*As Instapundit points out [tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain]:

RAHM EMANUEL COMPARES DEMOCRATS TO RETARDED PEOPLE, then apologizes to retarded people.

Cute….and correct.

UPDATE on 05FEB2010 at 1251…

Russ over at That’s Right agrees with me, but trumps my posting with some glassy-eyed Rule 5 action.

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