A $2.5 million fine, a lifetime ban from the NBA and potential confiscation of his personal property through the forced sale of the L.A. Clippers? Are you kidding? That's it? Donald Sterling is a racist pig. "First stone" first shmone. This thing ain't over by a long shot.
As CBS reports, "Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA isn't enough, NAACP says." Al Sharpton agrees, adding, "No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language." Sharpton warns that he is "prepared … to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with."
Sharpton says that a racist bigot like Sterling shouldn't "be allowed to own a team." Let's take Sharpton's demand to its reasonable and logical end. Should anyone with any unpopular or otherwise politically incorrect opinion whatsoever be allowed to own anything?
Just ask them. The "progressive" power class alone is qualified to make that call. And they have. The answer is an unequivocal "no." Not in today's Amerika at least. We've progressed way beyond that.
Furthermore, since under the Obama administration and AG Eric Holder we've officially abandoned such antiquated concepts as "the binding contract," "due process" and "the law," I say, why stop there? Political correctness is today's Pièce de résistance and properly trumps all.
Civil rights attorney Brian Claypool agrees. USA Today reports that he's "disappointed that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in response to a question, said the ban from participating in any NBA or Clippers activities does not apply to other members of the Sterling family."
"'What's to prevent his wife from buying the team?' Claypool said. 'I'm truly troubled by that. … He (Silver) should have placed a prohibition on any member of the Sterling family being a part of any new ownership.'"
But, again, why stop there? I mean, shouldn't Donald Sterling really be flayed alive?
Bear with me. It only makes sense. Xfinity's "On Demand" can air the flaying with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton playing host. All proceeds can be donated to the NAACP, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign in equally divided shares.
How else can we really make an example of a racist billionaire fat cat for exercising his First Amendment right to say stupid and repugnant things in a private conversation with his trollopy mistress?
Oh, sure, the trollop in question, V. "Barbie" Stiviano, overtly broke California's wiretapping laws by furtively recording the private conversation, but, hey, this is 2014 and Obama has finally ushered in the age of lawlessness.
When the delicious spectacle of a 24/7 tar-and-feathering is at stake, the "fruit of the poisonous tree" is just way too sweet to pass up. Is the recording admissible in any court of law? Well, no, but it's sure as heck admissible in the court of public opinion, illegally obtained or not.
But, once again I ask, why stop there? What about all those reality-based "homophobic" bigots – you know, half of America and most of the world – who stubbornly insist that marriage, by definition, is, always has been and always will be the binary coupling of man and wife? Isn't it time they, too, are drummed out of society and packed into boxcars?
Fascism is not for the squeamish or half-hearted. "Progressive" means "forward" and forward means, "This is an entirely new world, and if we're going to step into it, let's step all the way into it."
So says Esquire political blogger Charlie Pierce. In a recent appearance on "PBS NewsHour," he implied that the NBA should next move to confiscate the Orlando Magic from Dick and Betsy DeVos, Christian philanthropists and Amway heirs who, in the past, have supported maintaining the definition of natural marriage.
Said Pierce: "On another venture, what does Adam Silver now do, for example, with the DeVos family in Orlando, which funds 'anti-gay' candidates and 'anti-gay' issue ads all over the country, as well as owning the Orlando Magic? Does he talk to them? This is an entirely new world, and if we're going to step into it, let's step all the way into it."
I think Pierce meant to say, "This is a brave new world," but you get the idea.
Crushing dissent and terrorizing into silence those with traditional values is no small task. Serving up a palatable fascism cocktail cannot be effectively accomplished without following a specific recipe.
First, start with genuinely hateful and racist remarks by people like Sterling. Totally destroy them both publicly and privately and then move on to those with mainstream beliefs on such things as sexual morality and marriage. Next, disingenuously equate the two, add three cups of fascism, a dash of anti-Christian hate, whip to a frenzy and voila!
It's a cultural Marxist paradise.
Still, none of this can be accomplished without the aid of Amerikan Pravda. CNN's Rachel Nichols gave a "how to" workshop on Wednesday:
"In the NBA you have an owner in Orlando, Rich DeVos, who's made very unpopular statements [unpopular with whom?]. He's campaigned against gay rights. He says that gay people should stop asking for special treatment because they want to get married," Nichols opined. "There are a lot of people in this country who think that that is a problem [there are an equal number who don't], and I think that there is gonna be more and more attention paid to what these owners think. It's not just the players in the spotlight now, it's not just management. They're accountable, too."
Atta girl! It's high time Christians and conservatives were held "accountable" for "what they think."
Thought control is as American as Apfelstrudel!
And what about man-made global warming deniers, capitalists, so-called "pro-lifers" and generally anyone who watches the Fox News Channel? Why do they still have jobs?
I know, I know. Patience.
Barack Obama once said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. …
"It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Or was that Josef Goebbels?
Oh well, six of one …