You know those political talking points/issues/memes that pop up for a few days and then go away? For instance, back during the campaign, the idea that Obama had insulted Palin by using the phrase “putting lipstick on a pig”? Or that we should rename French Fries to “Freedom Fries”?
In your opinion, what’s the stupidest one in recent memory?
For me, it’s the idea that we should change the phrase “suicide bomber” to “homicide bomber”, to make it seem worse. This is dumb for various reasons:
(1) The reason the phrase is used is not some nefarious leftie PC scheme to ennoble the Palestinians. It’s because it’s a clear description of the distinction between “leave a bomb with a timer and depart” and “strap a bomb to ones self and detonate it”. Both involve homicide, only one involves suicide.
(2) While almost all of us agree that suicide bombers are horrible, evil, acts, and while most of them are supporting a cause that many of us disagree with in whole or in part, there’s no denying that willingly giving your life for a cause you support is something that takes bravery, at least in the instant, and something which is usually greatly celebrated and admired in our culture. No terminology is going to change that.
(3) Even ignoring all that, the term has been in use for ages. Terminology changes VERY slowly no matter what, even when the justifications aren’t idiotic, so the attempted change was hopeless to begin with.
A close second is the idea that it was somehow outrageous or offensive for Joe Lieberman to have pointed out during a debate that Dick Cheney had a lesbian daughter… which was of course public knowledge.
Note: obviously people are going to notice and remember more stupid talking points from “the other side”, and the SDMB definitely slants to the left in a US-politics spectrum, so can we take it as a given that more rightie talking points will be mentioned than leftie and not make a federal case out of it? Thanks…