Folks, America really is over. We are killing the nation, slowly
but persistently, word by word. We are a book-banning, cancel-culture,
censor-crazed, revisionist-thirsty country, no longer resembling the free
speech at-all-costs society that we were founded on. We are America Lite.
The latest casualty in the war on words are Ian Fleming’s classic 007 books, the one where James Bond used to be allowed to be a real man in a world of danger and deceit. Now it looks like Bond will not be destroyed by terrorists from rogue nations but from within his own literary circle.
Ian Fleming Publications, which owns the rights to the author’s works, is conspiring with self-appointed word nannies to scrub the books of words and concepts it deems offensive. Dr. Seuss has fallen victim to this. So has Roald Dahl, and no doubt there will be countless others.
What is just as gross as the tinkering of this classic, is the fact that multiple versions of altered books will exist. America may get one version, while other nations get different books. We really are living in George Orwell’s 1984 and there seems to be no escaping these culture Nazis who seek to wipe out and distort our books and history.
These insensitivity monitors have created a cash cow for themselves. There are millions of books waiting for their cosmetic surgeries. Publishers think this will sell and author estates are bullied into going along with this. But we suffer an immense loss when we embrace the disfiguring of words. Words are facts, histories, and thoughts. There are no do-overs to creation.
Why don’t we just put a new filtering software on our computers, one that can automatically be updated with the latest brainwashing idea conceived by repressive, greedy geeks? It can be called Censor Me Now, billable for just $19.84 per month.
Maybe it will contain such features as:
* Remove buttons from the keypad so that you can’t even publish certain words.
* Revises anything you ever posted without your permission.
* Substitutes words as you type, a kind of locked-in autocorrect.
* Emits a blinding light whenever you type something that Censor Me Now deems unacceptable.
* Provides a public scorecard on how good you are at being censored.
* Provides censor credits, a system in which you can buy someone else’s allotted amount of forbidden word usage.
We could use a James Bond to save us, but I am afraid he is mortally wounded.
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