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.