On a recent airline
flight (Horizon Air) from Spokane to Seattle, I was reminded
of how utterly lowbrow and despicable political
correctness is. In order to pass some time, I was thumbing through
Horizon Air's complimentary January 2003 magazine when I stumbled
upon a tasteless and disturbing advertisement for the Hotel Lucia
(of Portland, OR). This ad (shown herein) sheds a favorable light
on two despotic communist dictators (Fidel Castro and Josif Stalin).
Instantly, I wondered why an upscale hotel would place an ad that
favorably invokes the names of Castro and Stalin? Immediately,
an answer came to mind: I live in a region (served quite well by
Horizon Air) where the left-wing induced infection of political
correctness runs wide and deep. Thus, it is in vogue to be anti-capitalist
and pro-socialist (it is no wonder why Boeing moved its headquarters
from Seattle to Chicago). Indeed, the Hotel Lucia's ad is targeting
limousine liberals who so commonly fly this regional air carrier.
Nevertheless, this well-targeted ad doesn't change the fact that
it is disgraceful.
To give you a quick
example of how deeply engrained political correctness is, here
in the Pacific Northwest, I must pass on to
you an experience I had at an upscale restaurant in Bellevue, WA.
A broker, with whom I have business dealings, ordered an "Oriental" salad
for lunch. Our waiter had the audacity to "correct" this
gentleman and stated "Sir it is called an u2018Asian' salad" (which
is what was stated on the newly updated menu). Apparently,
saying the word Oriental is now just as dangerous as the using
the word niggardly in everyday conversation. This "alert" waiter
admirably displayed his moral superiority by playing the "thought
policeman" vigilantly working to expunge dangerous and hateful
thoughts from society.
This vacuous waiter,
and his PC ilk, are taking us down a dangerously slippery slope.
Today, the politically-correct crowd embraces the
foolish idea of having judges and legislators redefine the criminal
code to include "hate crimes." This recent phenomenon
literally gives the state arbitrary power to "police" a
criminal's thoughts and to mete out (a harsher) punishment accordingly.
Perhaps this is why
the anti-capitalists/pro-statists so much admire Castro and his
ongoing "revolution." For Castro
may be the ultimate thought policeman in the world today. According
to the wonderful book The Black Book of Communism, "In
1978 a law was adopted to prevent criminality before it actually
happened. What this meant in practice was that any Cuban could
be arrested on any pretext if the authorities believed that he
presented a danger to state security, even if he had not committed
any illegal act. In effect the law criminalized any thought that
did not accord with the ideas of the regime, turning every Cuban
into a potential suspect." I think the aforementioned waiter
could have a promising career ahead of him in the newly formed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Now back to the despicable
ad. Clearly, the Hotel Lucia wants all customers to enjoy their
stays. Thus, you are figuratively
implored to join a pampered and blissful Fidel Castro at this elegant
hotel. Of course, one must ignore the fact that Castro is the head
of a criminal regime that has committed mass murder, has operated
concentration camps, and uses torture to "reform" political
prisoners and common criminals. To give you a taste of what may
happen to you if you don't think in a politically correct manner
in Cuba (which is a crime), here is some disturbing information
as to what transpires in Cuban prisons (as conveyed by The Black
Book of Communism):
violence of the prison regime affected both political prisoners
and common criminals. Violence began with
the interrogations conducted by the Departmento Tecnico de Investigaciones
(DTI). The DTI used solitary confinement and played on the phobias
of the detainees: one woman who was afraid of insects was locked
in a cell infested with cockroaches. The DTI also used physical
violence. Prisoners were forced to climb a staircase wearing
shoes filled with lead and were then thrown back down the stairs.
Psychological torture was also used, often observed by a medical
team. The guards used sodium pentothol and other drugs to keep
prisoners awake. In the Mazzora hospital, electric shock treatment
was routinely used as a punishment without any form of medical
observation. The guards also used attack dogs and mock executions;
disciplinary cells had neither water nor electricity; and some
detainees were kept in total isolation.
And the Hotel Lucia
wants to pamper Castro? Perhaps the pro-statist limousine liberals
are comfortable with Castro because he is willing
to "crack a few eggs" in order to bring about a socialist
utopia. These "eggs" are real people and between 15,000
and 17,000 have been executed in Castro's penal system. This megalomaniac
does not belong at the Hotel Lucia, he belongs in prison.
Undoubtedly, the Hotel
Lucia's patrons are impressed with the
spare elegance of the hotel's "post-Stalinist design."
However, would the PC limousine-liberal crowd recoil in horror
if the ad bragged about the hotel having an elegant post-Hitlerian
design? Of course they would. Hitler was responsible for the murders
of 6,000,000 Jews. How could anybody invoke the name of Hitler
in a positive fashion? He was a despotic, genocidal maniac. At
the very least, the hotel would be accused of displaying gross
insensitivity towards the Jewish community.
My retort to the Hotel
Lucia's ad is that it is not only tasteless
(to those of us who understand the criminal enterprise that communism
was and still is) but that the ad is highly offensive to Ukrainians
whose history is marred by what is called "The Unknown Holocaust."
I don't think the Hotel Lucia's management team would positively
invoke Josif Stalin's name if they took the time to watch International
Historic Films' masterful film titled "Harvest of Despair:
The Unknown Holocaust" (co-produced by the Ukrainian Famine
Research Committee). As stated by this film's producers:
film documents the Ukrainian "terror
famine" of 1932–33, which caused the deaths of 7,000,000
people. Using interviews with survivors and scholars to supplement
rare photographic evidence, it establishes that the "terror
famine" was deliberately created by the Soviet Government
as part of Stalin's decades-long effort to destroy the Ukrainian
peasantry who resisted the forced collectivization of their lands.
I must warn you, this film should not be viewed by the faint of
heart. It certainly shows that Stalin was every bit as evil as
The Black Book of Communism, which acts as an excellent
supplement to the aforementioned film, explains that Stalin
ordered the creation of a hunger zone that covered "…the whole
of Ukraine, part of the Black Earth territories, the fertile plains
of the Don, the Kuban, and the Northern Caucasus, and much of Kazakhstan." In
order to create this hunger zone (as explained in the film), Stalin
ordered the Soviet Secret Police to seal the borders of this vast
territory. Therefore, no food was allowed to be brought into the
hunger zone, whilst livestock, grain, and produce were sent out
of this vast area. Any grain that remained was "protected" by
armed guards. In this two-year period, as stated in "Harvest
of Despair," 10,000,000 people died of which 7,000,000 were
Ukrainians. And just imagine, the Hotel Lucia invokes Stalin's
name in a positive manner! Utterly contemptible.
With the Hotel Lucia
bragging about its "post-Stalinist design,"
let's hope that the Hotel Lucia's restaurant's menu is post-Stalinist
as well. For if it is not, you may open the restaurant's menu and
be shocked to see pictures of your children (as they are today's
entrées). Let me explain. During Stalin's terror famine,
as explained by The Black Book of Communism, Ukrainian "…peasants
became indifferent to the daily phenomenon of death. Cannibalism
was so widespread that the government printed posters that said: u2018Eating
your children is an act of barbarism.'" Additionally,
you may want to avoid ordering a meat pie at the Hotel Lucia. As
the same book explains, in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv: "Every
night the bodies of more than 250 people who have died from hunger
or typhus are collected. Many of these bodies have had the liver
removed, through a slit in the abdomen. The police finally picked
up some of these mysterious u2018amputators' who confessed that they
were using the meat as a filling for meat pies that they were selling
in the market." It is almost unimaginable to think that one
human being had the power to engineer such a terrible famine. Josif
Stalin did so and reduced Ukrainians to the point that many practiced
cannibalism in order to survive. Now you can see why I truly hope
that the Hotel Lucia's restaurant's menu is post-Stalinist as well.
A key purpose behind
advertising is to evoke a positive response from your target
market. Thus, the Hotel Lucia is wise to promote
its upscale amenities and excellent service in its magazine ad.
However, it is most disturbing that the hotel's management is comfortable
in invoking the names of Stalin and Castro in order to create a
positive image for the hotel. It is irrelevant that the hotel has
a permanent collection of photos from the Pulitzer Prize winning
photographer David Hume Kennerly (which includes the above-shown
photo of Fidel Castro). What is relevant is that a leftist/pro-statist
political climate has infected the Pacific Northwest (for reasons
too numerous to list here; however, the list would begin with lousy
public schools). From this infection has emerged intellectually
vapid people who profess to have moral and mental superiority (as
can be detected by their political correctness). In my opinion,
this infection has caused an enfeeblement of the mind so severe
that even murderous Marxists, such as Castro and Stalin, can help
an upscale Northwest hotel create a positive image for itself.
How saddening and sickening.
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