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Apr 29 2014

Donald Sterling and the Slippery Slope Into Totalitarianism

The liberal-agenda–driven spectacle that is the “conservative” wing of the establishment news media has degenerated into a pack of vicious dogs ripping some previously unknown sap limb from limb for having said something unflattering about blacks in a private conversation. The phoniest of the “right-wing” punditocracy, Sean Hannity, actually stopped denouncing the allegedly racist Cliven Bundy long enough to exclusively devote the first third of his television program last night to sanctimonious demands for Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s head on a stake. Even people you might be tempted to respect have joined in. For example, last night Mark Levin brayed in unison with irresponsible race arsonists like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama that Sterling’s private remarks are an intolerable outrage.

No one will defend Sterling. But no one should have to. What people should defend is his right to say whatever the hell he wants, regardless of whether it is deemed to be correct by the authorities.

Remember when people could voice their opinions in private conversations without the risk of being ripped to pieces by the rabid jackals comprising the media? When people would respond even to the most obnoxious statements by saying, “It’s a free country; you’re free to your opinion” or even, “While I disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it”? We were a far better people then than we are now.

Sterling appears to be an easily dislikable guy — a far better candidate for the liberal media’s Two Minutes Hate than Cliven Bundy. They destroyed Bundy — who actually doesn’t even have a hostile view toward politically sacred blacks — because he was becoming dangerous to them by representing resistance to Big Government. Sterling is more a target of convenience. But not even Sterling is the ideal villain:

Sterling is a multi-millionaire who lives in Los Angeles and owns a professional basketball team in arguably America’s most multicultural city. He also happens to be Jewish (he was born Donald Tokowitz), has a mulatto girlfriend, earned a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP for the millions of dollars he’s given them, and the only political candidates he has donated to have been Democrats.

Not exactly the résumé the media was looking for. But Sterling will do fine, because who he really is doesn’t matter. His thought crime completely defines him in the public eye.

They are tearing him down simply to make an example. Say anything politically incorrect, even in private, and you too could be fed to the piranhas. If you want to survive in a totalitarian culture like this is becoming, you had better learn not even to think anything politically incorrect.

One of the few who seem to grasp the real issue here is another NBA owner — Mark Cuban, formerly known as a flaming moonbat (who has funded highly inflammatory anti-American propaganda). After the obligatory denunciation of Sterling, Cuban said this:

“I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do.”

Nonetheless Cuban did not have the guts to defend Sterling from the likes of Al Sharpton, who demand that he be stripped of ownership of the Clippers.

Asked if the league would be better off without Sterling as an owner, Cuban said, “At this point, yes.”

For all the lockstep sanctimonious sputtering from everyone on TV and radio, this story is not about race. It is about freedom and its opposite, coerced ideological homogeneity.

At this point the stampeded cattle comprising the American public will probably agree that anyone who does not want his mistress hanging out with blacks is so awful that he should be burned at the stake. But if the thought police are successful at immolating Sterling, next time it might not be about race. Next time the thought criminal will be someone who said something not currently politically fashionable about homosexuals — and/or about the Bible. Soon it could be a remark expressing doubts about the dangers of global warming that turns someone into Emmanuel Goldstein. If we continue down this road, within a few years, criticism of government figures could bring out the lynch mob.

Like Da Vinci said, it is easier to resist at the beginning than it is at the end. Our slide into totalitarianism has to be stopped right here. The first step is to call out those participating in the hysterical denunciations of Sterling for what they are: Brownshirts.

On tips from Sean C, Jester, and DJ.




28 Responses to “Donald Sterling and the Slippery Slope Into Totalitarianism”

  1. whotothewhat says:

    I know if I had this guys money I would have installed the cone of silence in my house. You can not trust anyone anymore lose lips sink careers now. Lose the cell phones at the door get off Farcebook no more moronic tweets, ignore the media.

  2. whotothewhat says:

    I know if I had this guys money I would have installed the cone of silence in my house. You can not trust anyone anymore lose lips sink careers now. Lose the cell phones at the door get off Farcebook no more moronic tweets, ignore the media.

  3. o0Nighthawk0o says:

    The only thing ‘criminal’ in this whole thing is the girlfriend recording the conversation without informing all parties involved. In California this IS illegal. But, the last I read is that no investigation of the girlfriend is being conducted.

  4. o0Nighthawk0o says:

    The only thing ‘criminal’ in this whole thing is the girlfriend recording the conversation without informing all parties involved. In California this IS illegal. But, the last I read is that no investigation of the girlfriend is being conducted.

  5. Thanks for this, one of the few articles that expose the ingrained mind-set of Big Brother, that personal, unpopular views expressed in private can be used to destroy a man’s life. Beck, Hannity and Levin are morons for going along with the public, knee-jerk frenzy. What Sterling thinks is his business; what Cliven Bundy said has a lot of truth. The Slave Narratives, interviews of former slaves financed by the WPA in the 1930’s supports this. Many of these former slaves, perhaps a majority of them, expressed love for their former masters and some said they would return to slavery if they could have their former masters back. The book “Time on the Cross” showed that slaves consumed about 90% of what they produced, and had a diet of 4,000 calories a day. Historical truth, however, must give way to modern propaganda and “acceptable” opinions, and those who hold differing opinions severely ostracized and punished to the point of personal ruin.

  6. Thanks for this, one of the few articles that expose the ingrained mind-set of Big Brother, that personal, unpopular views expressed in private can be used to destroy a man’s life. Beck, Hannity and Levin are morons for going along with the public, knee-jerk frenzy. What Sterling thinks is his business; what Cliven Bundy said has a lot of truth. The Slave Narratives, interviews of former slaves financed by the WPA in the 1930’s supports this. Many of these former slaves, perhaps a majority of them, expressed love for their former masters and some said they would return to slavery if they could have their former masters back. The book “Time on the Cross” showed that slaves consumed about 90% of what they produced, and had a diet of 4,000 calories a day. Historical truth, however, must give way to modern propaganda and “acceptable” opinions, and those who hold differing opinions severely ostracized and punished to the point of personal ruin.

  7. That guy you know says:

    Imagine if Tokowitz was actually white…the liberal media would have him blowing sharpton while wearing rainbow lipstick.

    You have to love how Jews magically transform into whites when they do something waysist.

    Still waiting for Sharpton to denounce Israel for their treatment of African immigrants. I won’t hold my breathe.

  8. That guy you know says:

    Imagine if Tokowitz was actually white…the liberal media would have him blowing sharpton while wearing rainbow lipstick.

    You have to love how Jews magically transform into whites when they do something waysist.

    Still waiting for Sharpton to denounce Israel for their treatment of African immigrants. I won’t hold my breathe.

  9. Son_of_Taz says:

    While all of what Dave write is spot on, the Sterling story has several layers that are just now becoming visible. Our old pal Magic Johnson maybe at the center of all of the layers.

    Seems that Johnson’s investment group wanted to buy the LA Dodgers which have been in the financial cesspool as of late, but was told the team was not for sale. He then approached the Clippers owner was told the same. Knowing that Sterling was well known to have racist views, it seems the entire audio recording scandal was a setup, designed to get Sterling tossed from the NBA and force him to sell the team. And, today, that maybe what’s happened. Yahoo Sports reported earlier today that the exit strategy for Sterling is to sell the team to Guggenheim Partners, Johnson’s investors. http://yhoo.it/1haQbFv Another story says Sterling may continue to own the team but have nothing to do with them.

    Looks to me that the reparations so many wanted have been paid in full.

  10. Eddie_Valiant says:

    While all of what Dave write is spot on, the Sterling story has several layers that are just now becoming visible. Our old pal Magic Johnson maybe at the center of all of the layers.

    Seems that Johnson’s investment group wanted to buy the LA Dodgers which have been in the financial cesspool as of late, but was told the team was not for sale. He then approached the Clippers owner was told the same. Knowing that Sterling was well known to have racist views, it seems the entire audio recording scandal was a setup, designed to get Sterling tossed from the NBA and force him to sell the team. And, today, that maybe what’s happened. Yahoo Sports reported earlier today that the exit strategy for Sterling is to sell the team to Guggenheim Partners, Johnson’s investors. http://yhoo.it/1haQbFv Another story says Sterling may continue to own the team but have nothing to do with them.

    Looks to me that the reparations so many wanted have been paid in full.

  11. Jeffery says:

    Sterling was not criticized for what he thought, but for what he said. Do you really think that he is above criticism for his actions? If so, why? The government didn’t discipline him, the NBA did.
    Private organizations such as the NBA have pretty broad leeway for discipline when someone conducts themselves in a way that harms the organization. If the president in charge of a major division of a $30 billion a year corporation with billions in sales to Christians is overheard denigrating his customers by calling them “gullible Jesus Freaks”, would the company be right to fire him? In fact, wouldn’t the company be guilty of negligence to the shareholders and other employees if they didn’t discipline him?
    Advertisers were leaving the Clippers because they didn’t want to be associated with Sterling. That’s their right. They’re not obligated to do business with someone who harms their business. That’s the way the market works. If the NBA had kept the albatross Sterling it would gravely harm their business. It’s not personal, it’s just business.

  12. Jeffery says:

    Sterling was not criticized for what he thought, but for what he said. Do you really think that he is above criticism for his actions? If so, why? The government didn’t discipline him, the NBA did.
    Private organizations such as the NBA have pretty broad leeway for discipline when someone conducts themselves in a way that harms the organization. If the president in charge of a major division of a $30 billion a year corporation with billions in sales to Christians is overheard denigrating his customers by calling them “gullible Jesus Freaks”, would the company be right to fire him? In fact, wouldn’t the company be guilty of negligence to the shareholders and other employees if they didn’t discipline him?
    Advertisers were leaving the Clippers because they didn’t want to be associated with Sterling. That’s their right. They’re not obligated to do business with someone who harms their business. That’s the way the market works. If the NBA had kept the albatross Sterling it would gravely harm their business. It’s not personal, it’s just business.

  13. BenThereDoneThat says:

    Actually I think the Clippers would be better off, based on strictly a basketball viewpoint. On a PR viewpoint I could see the same. Kinda hard to attract investors and players to a three ring circus and the liberalati in the NBA (and media world) will never allow advertising or the other business Sterling is involved in to succeed. The best thing for the old fogey to do is take his ball and go home.

  14. BenThereDoneThat says:

    Actually I think the Clippers would be better off, based on strictly a basketball viewpoint. On a PR viewpoint I could see the same. Kinda hard to attract investors and players to a three ring circus and the liberalati in the NBA (and media world) will never allow advertising or the other business Sterling is involved in to succeed. The best thing for the old fogey to do is take his ball and go home.

  15. Smith and Wesson and Me says:

    If any, ANY of these talking heads had a spine, this actually might be the very issue that brings on the Second American Revolution. DEATH TO LIBERALS!

    The world will not right itself again until the rivers run red with liberal blood.

  16. Smith and Wesson and Me says:

    If any, ANY of these talking heads had a spine, this actually might be the very issue that brings on the Second American Revolution. DEATH TO LIBERALS!

    The world will not right itself again until the rivers run red with liberal blood.

  17. I_Callahan says:

    You can be right about everything you just wrote, and still be worried that we are on a slippery slope and gathering steam. Try addressing that.

  18. I_Callahan says:

    You can be right about everything you just wrote, and still be worried that we are on a slippery slope and gathering steam. Try addressing that.

  19. Richard Ryan says:

    THANK YOU. This is without a doubt, and by far, the most rational comment I’ve heard or read about this situation. Most commentators have been reaching fever pitch in outdoing each other in denouncing Sterling. Of course, he’s an idiot (and a hypocrite), but he is a private individual and, as you said so well, entitled to his opinions, no matter how ignorant. The smart thing to do would have been to laugh at his stupidity. But, that is no longer sufficient in our culture. He MUST be destroyed.

  20. Richard Ryan says:

    THANK YOU. This is without a doubt, and by far, the most rational comment I’ve heard or read about this situation. Most commentators have been reaching fever pitch in outdoing each other in denouncing Sterling. Of course, he’s an idiot (and a hypocrite), but he is a private individual and, as you said so well, entitled to his opinions, no matter how ignorant. The smart thing to do would have been to laugh at his stupidity. But, that is no longer sufficient in our culture. He MUST be destroyed.

  21. Richard Ryan says:

    Oh, and another thing: THANK YOU for calling out that blowhard Hannity. Every time one of my friends or family starts raving about him, I have to burst their bubble: Hannity is not a conservative.

  22. Richard Ryan says:

    Oh, and another thing: THANK YOU for calling out that blowhard Hannity. Every time one of my friends or family starts raving about him, I have to burst their bubble: Hannity is not a conservative.

  23. Perry Noid says:

    Sean Hannity, the only person that could make me *briefly* feel sorry for Alan Holmes.

  24. Perry Noid says:

    Sean Hannity, the only person that could make me *briefly* feel sorry for Alan Colmes.

  25. bilejones says:

    Agree. The foul neocons- the Hannitys’ Lush Rimblow’s, Levin’s, have only two goals The continuance of the corporate status quo and the endless support for the the shitty little apartheid state in Palestine.:

  26. bilejones says:

    Agree. The foul neocons- the Hannitys’ Lush Rimblow’s, Levin’s, have only two goals The continuance of the corporate status quo and the endless support for the the shitty little apartheid state in Palestine.:

  27. Charles Hammond Jr says:

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

    This is the foundation of a free society.

    And any society that builds itself upon any other foundation will soon find itself either non-existent or unfree.

  28. Charles Hammond Jr says:

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

    This is the foundation of a free society.

    And any society that builds itself upon any other foundation will soon find itself either non-existent or unfree.

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