Tuesday, November 10, 2015
PC - It's not the Intelligent Concept You'd Expect
As Popeye would say, 'That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!'
The point of no return is on the horizon and, in this case, the world is flat. Humankind is teetering on the edge of insanity (get it?)
This in no way has anything to do with computers. If only. No, this PC is an acronym. Acronyms, by the way, cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The US government has an entire arm of the executive branch whose sole purpose is to create acronyms for everything from toilet paper to nuclear annihilation.
In any case, let us ruminate a moment on the overwhelming insanity of the rapidly increasing acceptance of Political Correctness. This PC is a scourge on humankind. Well, at the very least it is the scourge of free thinking, rational individuals.
Normally, I overlook the instances of political correctness as I do not subscribe to the PC mentality in any way, shape or form. However, the recent inane, insane and idiotic reaction by a group of PC adherents to the color of Starbuck's holiday coffee cups caused a switch to flip in my mind.
I'll admit, I say 'Merry Christmas.' It's not because I'm all about the religious significance. I'm fully aware that the holiday has deep-rooted pagan traditions and that Jesus wasn't born on December 25th.
I say, 'Merry Christmas' because I grew up saying it. I have always called Christmas, Christmas. Just like I always watch 'Charlie Brown's Christmas' and 'A Christmas Story.'
It doesn't bother me when people say 'Happy Holidays' and it sure as a charred Yule log doesn't insult me, my heritage or my spirituality when a coffee house decides to dole out sub-par, overly pungent coffee in red 'holiday' cups.
Ri-damn-diculous. Even more ridiculous than the uproar over Halloween costumes. One mustn't dare wear a sombrero lest a native Mexican cry foul. Or, heaven forbid a costume resembles Sitting Bull or a Native American squaw. That there is grounds for a lynchin'.
Oops... Better not use any word remotely, though inadvertently referencing anything that would offend the African American community either.
Basically, at Halloween, the only safe costume choices are Disney characters and ghosts. Although, ghosts could be mistaken for Grand Wizards of the KKK. Nix that costume idea too.
What is happening here is more frightening than Granny Clampett in a nude photo spread.
The PC culture is basically creating a nation of individuals who can't express their own individuality. I'm not saying that there shouldn't be standards of decency and common sense. However, when we become so concerned that a costume or a coffee cup is going to offend someone, we die a little. Guess what? Some time, somewhere, someone will be offended by something that we do, say, wear or think.
There is no universal standard for toe-stepping and there shouldn't be.
This country is already resembling a gaggle (flock, school, herd, whatever) of lemmings that do not think for themselves. Hell, if you want proof, look at Donald Trump's standing in the polls for the GOP presidential nomination.
There is a difference in purposely offending someone, a culture, a minority or lifestyle simply due to ignorance or bigotry and offending someone because you say 'Happy Holidays' or 'Merry Christmas' or choose to dress as a Native American on Halloween. Hell, I'm a Caucasian man. I suppose I should be offended by the Jason costume with white mask at Halloween but I believe that the NHL has dibs on that offense.
Lighten up, people. You're squashing your very own freedoms that you claim to be defending.
In the meantime, I'll be looking forward to watching the Carolina Panthers as they play the Washington Redskins. I sure do hope that the ASPCA or PETA doesn't lobby to change the Panther's team name.