ISSUE #3: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Social justice is difficult to define (especially for the social justice warriors), mainly because it has exactly the meaning that progressives want it to have. When we feel that there’s an inequity in society (fairly or unfairly), the government can force agendas that meet that narrative by ….
If I had to sum up in one sentence why Barack Obama was able to defeat Mitt Romney in 2012, my answer would be: “Romney told us what we needed to hear. Obama told us what we wanted to hear.”
Liberals care nothing about science, logical, legal, nor economic arguments. They make policy arguments based on emotion, and what they feel “should be.” Conservatives, while certainly taking personal decency into account, realize that we cannot escape the facts. Emotion is important but it does not take the place of fact. Democrats are only interested in the so-called “appeal to pity.” Civil rights movements in the 19th and 20th centuries (which by the way were supported way more by Republicans than Democrats) have ended slavery & segregation, given blacks and women the opportunity to vote, and have evened the playing field in that anyone from any race, gender, or background has the equal opportunity to succeed, provided they are willing to achieve the education, experience, or hard work necessary to achieve it. Groups like Black Lives Matter would have you falsely believe that systematic racism still exists, and that if one experiences inequalities in income and success, it has to be due to some ethereal “privilege”, rather than our own choices, culture, and actions.
On top of this, they talk a lot about rights. By definition, rights cannot be given or taken away by any person or government. If the government, a person, or company can give you something or give you permission to do something, then that’s called a privilege. If you want to keep what you earn, that is defined as “greed,” as if other people have the right to your stuff just because they associate it with “social justice” and declare it a “right
Most of us not going to go and insult people or call a black person the n-word. Why? First, I like to think that most Americans are decent and polite people, the last thing they want to do is offend someone unnecessarily. How about instead of trying to “educate” people on intercultural communication and diversity, we just simply be good to others and simply obey the golden rule, that would be all we need. Anyway, the second reason is that I understand that while we have freedom of speech, that doesn’t mean we can say anything without regard to the consequences. If I insult you or say something that you find offensive or insensitive, you can choose how to react to it. You could yell at me, end a friendship or relationship. What you cannot do, however, is prevent me from speaking, or trying to outlaw speech simply because you find it offensive. Case in point: The Washington Redskins. Now I happen to find the name greatly offensive. I might suggest the Maryland Redskins might be more appropriate. This came up in a discussion I had many years ago when I had replied that these are only words and that the people arguing against it (who weren’t even Native Americans themselves) were being too sensitive. The reply was, “You’re Jewish, how would you feel if an NFL team was named the Brooklyn Rabbis?” I admit I used to think this was a semi-decent argument even though I would never say so. Here’s how I should have approached this back then: “Well I don’t really know, I suppose I’d find it weird, I don’t think I’d be insulted. But even if I was, then it’s my choice not to support or follow that team.” I have a message for people who label anything they feel uncomfortable with has hate speech: Tough! Guess what, it’s a rough world out there, and sometimes you are going to hear things that offend you. That’s life! More and more people in our culture operate under the assumption that they have the right to not be offended. If I’m offended by something you say, do or wear, then that’s my right but we do not have the right to shut down and label others’ speech as “hate speech” just because you don’t like it. If you feel triggered, that’s something YOU have to deal with, not the rest of us. It’s not up to us to indulge your fairy-tale safe space puppy dog and unicorn version of reality. The fact that you feel “triggered” by anything and everything speaks to your own lack of self-worth and thin skin that you need anti-free-speech laws because you can’t come out your safe space long enough to face the real world. When you graduate college, you will find that the world is a rough place. While I take care not to hurt someone on purpose or unnecessarily and I don’t set out to offend anyone, I will not walk on eggshells so that you can put yourself in bubble wrap and prevent yourself from ever hearing anything that might make you even the least bit uncomfortable. Life’s tough. Deal with it.