30 August 2009

"Teachable moments": Doublespeak for "Caution, P.C. pitfalls near"

I love how everything's a "teachable moment" after elitist Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. accused police Sgt. James Crowley of being a racist, and President Obama needlessly injected himself into the swirling fracas. Surely advised to diffuse the growing race crisis he himself had fomented, President Obama invited both to the now famous "Beer Summit," and called the grievous errors in judgement "a teachable moment." Journalist Katie Couric used the term in a different situation in an interview.

'Take that thing off your head'
by WorldNetDaily
"Maybe it's because her dad served in the U.S. Marines ... or because her high school mascot is a fierce-looking eagle ... or because she plans to enlist in the Army next summer after graduation to defend her country ... whatever the reason, when Heather Lawrence saw a Muslim student refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and recite it with the class, the 16-year-old Junior ROTC member saw a teachable moment and took it. And for that, she's been suspended five days."
Read the latest now on WND.com.

"You have someone in the States who is able to enjoy our educational and health care systems, yet it's okay for them to be disrespectful, and it's not okay for my daughter to speak her mind," Mark Lawrence told the Tampa Tribune. "That's her First Amendment right. That's her freedom of speech."

A real teachable moment would be to urge people, including the disrespectful immigrant child in the story to start loving their country and not parading their defiance around like they're anything special.

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