About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
That Killed at Fort Hood
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All the Tomatoes!
It's Not a
War Against FOX News
Hope) We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore
Hyperpartisanship, Propaganda & Hypocrisy
& Sherman's Legacy
Epistemology, Materialists & Morality
the Stench of the Stable
Shameful Education Affair
Reform: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
(Audaciously Arrogant) Mob
The Boiled Frog
the Last Cow Has Come Home
and The Big Hate
Jefferson: Don’t Question a Supreme Court Nominee Without Him
Language: A Canary in the Coal Mine
Language: A Canary in the Coal Mine
Colin Powell Comes Up Small
Headlines, Torture & American Values
Something Very Deep and Dark
Miss California’s Unforgivable Mistake
The President in the Garden
Liberals & The Triumph of Reason
Messiah, Lincoln or Less?
Obama, Big Bangs & Selling Make Believe
Hostile Alien Case Exposes Danger of Activist...
Age of Arrogance
Lenin Lite, Perhaps?
Where’s the Guilt?
In the Matter of Public v. Stimulus Bill
Bigger Than the Bacon Explosion
Where Bill O’Reilly’s Going Wrong
Liberals, Israel & Wolves
Israel & The Neurotic Mind
The Winter Solstice & the Triumph of Reason
Bush & Obama:
Slouching Us Toward Disaster...
Beware the Recovery Plan
New Deal Not Such a Big Deal?
Republicans & The Courts
That Flatulent Thing Called Experience
Can Obama Call Spirits from the Vasty Deep?
A Million Calls, Ten Million Voters
Liberals Boiling, Conservatives Not, But...
The Merely Human Messiah and the Sea
Fully Understanding the Bill Ayres "Distraction”
How McCain Can Deliver a Last Round KO
Obama & The English Language
Are Americans Really Open to Obama’s New Ideas?
Love Behind the Most Rotten Golden Parachute of All
McCain & Reagan’s Broad Shoulders
When Conservatives Behave like Liberals
Maddening Times at the Gray Lady
The Viruses That Killed at Fort Hood
November 19, 2009
Two viruses caused the murders, wounds,
and suffering at Fort Hood.
The first arises from the fact that although a capacity for evil is
inherent in human nature, human beings have, as David Brooks recently
observed, a "conscious say” regarding the commission of evil acts.
Therefore, the actual cause of the Fort Hood attack is the conscious
choice by terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan to commit an act of horrific evil.
There is, however, a second virus that is a proximate cause of the
murders, one that — irony of ironies that cry out to Heaven for redress
— allowed a madman who openly gave signs of being a radical Islamist to
remain an officer and a psychiatrist in the U.S. Army.
That virus is Political Correctness, to which shameless liberals assign
zero percent of the blame for the murders, as evidenced by the following
...Liberal ideologues, including President Obama, have labored mightily
to keep the PC issue out of the national discourse by maintaining a
perfectly stupid silence about the subject.
...Liberal commentators, such as Chris "That’s not a crime to call up al
Qaeda, is it?” Matthews, have invoked perfectly stupid legalisms to
distract the public from it.
...To cover it up, liberal members of the
Political/Military/Intellectual Class have spewed perfectly stupid,
rankly insulting non sequiturs that accomplish nothing good — except to
put their mindless devotion to PC on full display.
"What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy [emphasis added], but I
believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a
No need to wonder if General George Casey’s stream of consciousness
would run along the same course if it were "Pearl Harbor” or "9/11”
instead of "Fort Hood” because it would. After all, being possessed of a
gnawing neurotic guilt that permits one to blame the victim while
conferring victimhood upon the criminal is a sine qua non of what it
means to be a liberal.
In contrast to the dangerous anti-intellectualism of liberals, other
Americans, including conservatives who comprise the American "mob,” have
been clear about the role PC played in the terrorist attack.
In his commentary on the attack (nationalreview.com), Mark Steyn
comments on the shallowness of liberal dogma regarding "diversity” and
"multiculturalism,” two pillars that support the PC agenda, before
drawing this conclusion about the reality of the PC/Fort Hood
What happened is not a "tragedy” but a national scandal, already
fading from view.
David Brooks (NY Times) argues that liberals threw "a shroud of
political correctness...over the [Fort Hood] conversation,” thereby
corrupting and demeaning it by "[reducing] a heinous act to social
Former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt makes this observation (humanevents.com)
about what enabled the terrorist to carry out his traitorously evil
Political correctness has been called the handmaiden of terrorism,
and in the case of Maj. Hassan[sic], she served him well.
The voting public also has its eyes, ears, and mind wide open, as
revealed by the following data (Rasmussen, November 11, 2009).
76% believe the army should remove from duty all officers like Hasan
who attempt to contact radical terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda.
While those intellectually honest reactions by commentators and
landslide majorities of voters represent good news, the bad news is that
a full national discussion about the moral and intellectual abomination
called Political Correctness has not yet occurred — including a dialogue
about how this cancer on our culture has metastasized to the extent that
its malignancy exists even at the highest levels of our military.
With regard to the matter of discussing the "how,” Thomas D. Segel has
provided the nation with an excellent starting point (NewMediaJournal.us).
It started out as a mild virus initiated by the left of center
intellectuals of academia. But, like every virus...it spread rapidly
through schools, hospitals, civil service, the media, companies,
governance and the armed forces. Political correctness has poisoned all
Yes, a most excellent starting point — because only a few moments of
serious thought are needed to confirm the aptness of Segal’s
characterization of PC as a twist of DNA that begins its life
innocuously but soon transforms into a virulent agent whose first kills
are intellectuality and free speech.
Did we not, for example, believe that ridiculously meaningless nouns
such as undocumented alien and undocumented worker would
never ascend into widespread use?
Were we not absolutely certain that the viciously false adjective
anti-immigrant would never become a widely used replacement for
anti-illegal immigration and anti-open borders.
And did we not dismiss man-caused disaster (for terrorist
attack) and overseas contingency operation (for war on
terror) as mere hope-babble that would never carry weight with those
who actually make decisions about defending our nation from enemies at
home and abroad?
(How like glistening, brave lions did President Barack Obama and
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano behave when they introduced
the "nuance” of man-caused disaster into the American lexicon of
public policy. And how predictably did those kings of the merely
political jungle morph into dirty, cowardly mice when they meticulously
avoided using that term with respect to the attack at Fort Hood.)
George Orwell, who fought the good fight against every perversion of
language, would never have regarded PC as anything except an insidiously
dangerous, death-dealing virus; for he knew that "if thought corrupts
language, language can also corrupt thought.”
To his insightful observation, we can add this: Corrupt thought will
eventually corrupt and destroy an entire culture.
That is the most important lesson the nation should learn from the virus
that is a proximate cause of the terrorist attack at Fort Hood.
What remains after the lesson is whether
we will dedicate ourselves to joining the battle against Political
Correctness no matter how many times or where — from kindergarten to the
workplace to the college classroom to the meeting room of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff — we are called to the front.