Post details: You can't polish a turd.

01/12/07

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You can't polish a turd.

Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

According to most, the phrase "You Can't Polish a Turd" originated with U.S. president Harry S. Truman... seems possible, but I'm sure it was uttered long before he said it.

Well, poor ol' Andy at The Spicy Cauldron has had to knock the comments off one of his posts... because someone was indeed trying to polish a turd... and having about as much success as one can imagine with such an endeavour.

Every so often, a group rears it's head up from the muck and mire of intolerance and tries to shine itself up and present itself as so much more than it really is... which is, effectively, a turd.

Meet The British National Party (no link given as I won't promote them) who, of course, are just a touch right-wing and ever so well meaning. Oh, certainly they CAME from Neo-Nazi roots... and they do have SOME agendas that SOUND like Neo-Nazism... polished, of course... but they have a whopping TWO token minority members in their party and a some "-Z" list celebs taking up their cause...

They're group supports arts... yup, they support an organisation that is responsible for "good, wholesome CELTIC TRADITONAL music"... nothing else.

Now there's nothing wrong with this, really, if it was almost anywhere else.

As a musician and music lover, I doubt I would feel all that comfy with my "product" being promoted by someone who's past is... and present is... well... iffy.

These wonderful folks are all for the expulsion of non-Europeans cleansing the land undesirables taking a firm stand on illegal immigration.

Effectively, it is facism with a more euphemistic face to it.

It's really quite amazing... how people wrap up their intolerance and racism in words like "patriotic" and "loyal"... in order to seem more... pleasant?

I'm a proud Canadian... but folks like these have sullied the word "patriotism".

The long and the short of it is, and the BNP is certainly not the only "party" that this is true about in the world, but I do find a certain irony that the system of civilization and freedom that allows them to exist and "polish their turd" is something that, if God forbid, they gained control would be most likely abolished for others.

Y'know, while reading (mostly American) political blogs where "X" party line thinks "Y" party line is treasonous, treacherous dirtbags deserving death... I can't help but think of the BNP... and groups like The Heritage Front (in Canada)... and think do these people know who the REAL enemy of their freedoms, rights, and social status are? They may think that it's a "Republican" or a "Democrat"... but they're obviously wrong.

In my opinion, could the BNP or groups like them ever grab more than a tentative foot-hold in British, American, or Canadian politics? Not likely...

...but man, it's scary...

"Politically Correct Bigotry"...

...a turd polished...

...and people defend it.

Who'd 'ave thunk it?

Sometimes, the line "mis-attributed" to Voltaire about "defending your right to say it" scares me... I guess my question is, "Say it to whom?"

People really get confused over the right to free speech... it's one thing to criticize your government for their processes and platforms... it's another to be an ignorant nitwit running into a synagog and proclaim the Holocaust a hoax. The first is free speech, the second is hate.

With the recent "unrest" on the planet, I think Queen Rania of Jordan said it best... and if I may paraphrase a little...

The recent turmoil is not a war of Arabs vs. Jews... Islam vs. Christianity... East vs. West... it's about Extremists vs. Moderates... and the Extremists on both sides must not win.

Amen.

Intolerance, oddly enough, should not be tolerated.

Let's hope that in my lifetime I'm not having to sit with my little one and explain why "X" place is getting rid of "Y" people... because a vocal minority overshadowed an apathetic majority for a short time.

So, kudos to Andy... and those like him that have said they WILL NOT help "publicise" intolerance to any degree...

After all, the surest way of gaining folks like the BNP some interested recruits is to help them "get their name out there".

Perhaps I've done so here... but I hope not... and I won't be addressing this again... at least, I certainly hope not.

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