The moving finger — the one that having writ moved on and can’t recall a single line (per Omar Khayyam’s famous poem) — is the enemy of all of us, and never more than to somebody called on to write or say something in public. We’ve even confiscated a word for it, “gaffe.” A gaffe is not usually a mistake but what happens when someone blurts out an inconvenient truth.
And not just for politicians. The moving finger pursues the ignoramus elsewhere, too, even an educationist intimidated by political correction run amok.
Only this week in the small Michigan town of Forest Hills, the public-school superintendent, one Daniel Behm, banned the display of the so-called Betsy Ross flag, the 11-star banner that Mzz Ross designed for George Washington. He imagines it’s an object of hate because it was a white man’s flag.