“In victory, magnanimity.” wrote Winston Churchill, one of the great leaders of modern times, after the end of World War II.
A civil and fair sentiment you’d think - especially after staring down Nazi extremism and fighting to liberate western Europe. But not according to the politically correct left in 2018.
In fact, US Astronaut Scott Kelly was recently forced to publicly apologise when he used that very quote on twitter.
Such is the power of the self-appointed thought police on social media, that when the mob descended with accusations that “Churchill was a mass murderer and a racist”, Mr Kelly, a decorated astronaut and veteran of many space missions caved with the following tweet:
“Did not mean to offend by quoting Churchill. My apologies. I will go and educate myself further on his atrocities, racist views which I do not support.”
So now the great war-time leader who helped defeat the Nazis is considered too offensive and harmful to quote – just another thing we are no longer able to say? This is political correctness in overdrive.
We can’t allow one of the most remarkable orators of our time is “silenced” in the modern forum of communications.
As the BBC puts it:
“In just two tweets, Kelly wrote another social media rule - never quote Winston Churchill.”
We don’t agree. As Churchill said: “We shall go on to the end … we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air … whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
The irony is that those criticising Churchill today do so because of the freedom that he secured.