Ralph Higgins

Ralph Higgins
color pencil sketch by Gayle Higgins

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"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools."

– Plato

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Futile Attempt at Political Correctness



     I was accused of being “judgmental” by my wife today.  I made a politically incorrect and insensitive statement about someone in a “protected” group. I deserve to spend the rest of my life in a prison cell. 

            I guess I’m politically incorrect by nature.  I will admit that I find a certain joy in flaunting society’s arbitrary and irrational restraints.  After a certain age you can do that. (If challenged, just act confused.) 

            We've been told over and over that it isn't nice to discriminate and saying the wrong words can be even worse.  So I decided to experiment.  I will try to be politically correct for a week.  

            I'll avoid words that are considered offensive - things like "master bedroom,"  "policeman,"  "freshman," anything with "man" in it.  The rarely used word,  "niggardly"  caused an uprising in the black community when it was used by a black speaker.  The word means "miserly, stingy, cheap," but ignorance won out and the speaker was forced to apologize for using a legitimate word that had nothing to do with race.  We have to be very careful.

            Anyway, my anti-discrimination program began today.  After my shower I went to my sock drawer.  This was my first test.  I had planned to wear white socks with my tennis shoes, but a wave of guilt washed over me and I realized I was discriminating based on color, so I picked a black sock for my right foot and a white sock for my left. For more inclusion, I settled for brown dress shoes.  It didn't look right,  but I wanted to be politically correct.

            Upon reflection, I think I've discriminated all my life.  In fact, I can't think of an instance when I didn't discriminate.  I discriminated against men when I picked a wife and I discriminated against women when I chose football over being a flag girl. 

            I discriminate indiscriminately.  Every time I look at a restaurant menu, I discriminate.  Whenever I buy a car, I discriminate.  When I back Israel over Hamas, I discriminate.   When I prefer anyone over Hillary, I discriminate.  There is very little one can do during a normal day that does not involve discrimination of one sort or another.

            To avoid appearing bigoted I'll try to be ethnically inclusive when picking food for dinner this week.   One day it will be chow mien, then tortillas and beans, then fried chicken, collard greens, and watermelon, then paella, followed by shish kabob, spaghetti, and curry goat.

            We can't discriminate, but the government can.  This government discriminates against the coal industry, oil producers, gun owners, Christians, white males, traditional marriage, small business owners, to name a few.  Obama’s  terrifying wife put a hex on cheeseburgers and candy in schools. Elementary school kids are ecstatic about having carrots and broccoli on a sheet of lettuce for lunch.   

            If you own a business, when hiring you are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of genotype or phenotype, age, color, height, weight, language, sexual orientation, or "trans" anything.

            If you own a bakery and your religion is against gay marriage, you cannot refuse to build a cake for a gay wedding.  There are exceptions.  A restaurant owned by Muslims would never be forced to serve pork chops at a homosexual wedding. But, of course, a Christian baker is unlikely to behead you.

            If you are a 110 pound woman you must be considered for a firefighting job, which may involve hauling a 260 pound unconscious victim down a ladder from a ten story building.  Even the military has lowered physical requirements for women in combat. The logic of physical standards for these jobs evidently pales in comparison to gender equality.
                                                                                                                        
            Homosexuals serve openly in the army, which makes the shower room for the "chosen ones" the equivalent of a Muslim being greeted in heaven by 72 virgins. 

            Colleges allow both sexes to use the same bathroom. You would think that would have a dampening affect on promiscuity, but that doesn't seem to be the case. 

            Then there’s the Washington Redskin controversy and wimp announcers who refuse to use the term “Redskins.”  I’m losing interest in football, which was a passion before the NFL became politically correct and feminized.

            The thought police now determine the opinions we are allowed to hold and the language we are allowed to use.  The entire country is being told what is acceptable speech.  This is devastating to a "free" society. 

            The woman who is posting the cartoon of Muhammad is being threatened, but if she is forced to stop, we will have succumbed to Sharia law - not our Constitution.    

            Makes you wonder if anti-discrimination and censored speech are motivated by compassion or are they actually motivated by fear?  I don't know if it was Thomas Jefferson or John Adams who said, "Only a government that is afraid of its citizens  tries to control them." 

            When we lose freedom of speech America is gone.  After more reflection, I've decided to cancel that idea of becoming politically correct, even for a week.  I'm obviously not very good at it, as this article demonstrates, but mainly because the Bill of Rights allows us to be politically incorrect.   

           

28 comments:

  1. What about our vertically challenged classmate @ Olindar, Mario?

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    1. He was the most popular kid in our kindergarten class. "Vertically challenged" is how Mario would be described today. Hey Chuck - can you believe we've been friends since Mrs. Smith's kindergarten?

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    2. We remember when "gay" meant happy.

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    3. I had a friend in elementary school whose name was "Gay Reynolds". At the age of 8, he had his name changed to "Tyrone"

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    4. Maybe he was a happy kid. But what kid at 8 decides to change his name to "Tyrone?"

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    5. There was a female classmate in high school named gay but never heard that name for a guy

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    6. Had a cousin named Gaylord which was often shortened to Gayd and Gay. He became a Pastor and started using his middle name 'Ross'.

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  2. Remember, Ralph, 70 is the new 40

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    1. I keep telling myself that, "myself" doesn't believe it.

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  3. I like faggot. A bundle of sticks or twigs. So I guess if you call someone a faggot, you're calling that person a bundle of sticks or twigs.

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    1. There have been a lot of changes in our language and the meaning of words in the past half-century.

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    2. A bunch of sticks or twigs that were used to burn gay people (and other undesireables) at the stake. That's my understanding of the history of that term, anyway, and why it's so offensive to many.

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    3. I didn't know that. I'm always amazed at the cruelty human beings are capable of. Thanks for the information.

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  4. How would you teach keyboard instruments without referring to the black keys?

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    1. If you're talking about the black keys on the piano keyboard, unless you limit instruction to the key of C, where there are no sharps or flats, you can't do it. Even in C you'll run into accidentals, which will require black keys.

      You may be interested to know that you can play many songs using only the black keys on the piano. "Amazing Grace," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," and many old spiritual can be played using only the black keys on the piano. Try it.

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  5. You're right, Ralph. You had me playing Amazing Grace using o n l y the black keys.

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    1. I think that technique originated with the slaves and the tunes they sang in the evenings. The intervals used in that scale and the tempo of those songs still elicit the emotions the slaves expressed through their songs.

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  6. Mike Green-

    Ralph,
    The synonym for political correctness is usually wrong, so a fraternity brother of mine in navel intelligence tells me. The man who used niggardly in Washington DC describing the state of school finances in Washington DC was black. He was fired by the school board, because didn't know that niggardly was political incorrect. After all it isn't spelled the same, but I guess it is an N word. Washington DC spends more on schools on a per pupil basis than any state (twice as much per pupil as the country as a whole) and the next state down the line doesn't even come close. Guess where the performance of the students rank. You got it; they rank last below California and Mississippi, but pointing that out is politically incorrect and racist. My attitude about political correctness can be stated as follows, "I will call a spade a spade even when I mean a shovel." Political correctness will lead to the destruction of America as we know it and our constitution as well. I am proud to announce that I am a Christian, but I guess that is politically incorrect also
    Mike Green

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    1. Thanks Mike - I made a mistake re:the speaker who used the word "niggardly." I had forgotten that he was black, which is very significant.

      Your comment above is well stated. Thanks.

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  7. Huge difference between the adjective "descriminating" and the verb "descriminating".

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  8. Ralph, on one of the Bill Gaither programs I heard Whitney Phipps, a black gospel artist,explain the black key thing. You are exactly right, it came from the slaves on the slave ships.

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    1. I may have heard Phipps explain that too. Thanks, Ed.

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  9. MISTER HIGGINS! Have you decided again to stop posting? I certainly miss your weekly posts but 5 weeks?
    Your good friend and posting conscience!

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    1. I hear my "posting conscience" speaking...
      Considering the daily activities of the current "president" and the accelerating downward spiral of our once great nation, it's tough to keep from being negative and I decided that most readers know as much about what's happening as I do. Maybe I'll get a second wind.

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    2. Well you're sure right on about it's tough to not be negative. But let's hope for your second wind!

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