Why are we embroiled in all these problems?
Because I (and many others) believe our nation is in decline and that people have been conditioned by Political Correctness to not complain but to “go along to get along” and avoid the often difficult and unpleasant task of doing their homework, speaking out, and actually doing something about the problems.
With the most magnificent document in the history of mankind at hand for establishing and protecting people’s personal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (the U. S. Constitution) we have squandered its power with ignorance, naïveté, and indolence, summarized in the principle that “if you cain’t say somethin’ nice don’ say nuthin’ at awl”:
Walt Disney is the patron saint of Political Correctness, and Political Correctness is going to be the death of us all. We all win or we all lose, and in this case we are all losing.
I firmly believe that Political Correctness is as much or more a near and present danger as ISIS, the Ebola virus, or any other threat. That is because it is insidious:
Like boiling frogs, it lulls us into Silence.
And as many of us know:
Silence is Assent
Once upon a time children were encouraged by their parents to be the best that they could be, no matter what course they chose.
But now, they are encouraged to not rock the boat.
Where, when, did that change occur?
The following inconvenient facts apply:
If you take a group of people distributed along an axis of values and force the people at the top to perform at a lower level, then the average value declines.
And we all lose.
On the other hand, if you inspire the people below the top to perform at a higher level then the average value increases.
And we all win.
So which do you prefer?
Look: America is not the greatest country in the world any more, for many reasons.
But most predominantly because we are resting on earlier laurels and not facing reality: Political Correctness. Just be nice. Pay no attention to that idiot behind the curtain.
But we can be again, but only if we throw off the yoke of Political Correctness:
(Maybe the education folks will take on math and science. Give me the facts and a concise explanation and I’ll post it here.)
So why do I care? Why should you care?
- Because all of these conditions have arisen as a consequence of the ignorance, naïveté, or indolence of the voters.
That would be WE: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
We are each personally responsible for the consequences of our own actions (or inactions). There is no one else to blame.
Why do you think that all these people before us have died fighting for these rights?
Because they are unalienable: because they are God-given and essential to life itself. Remove God, and you also remove all claims to liberty, rights, meaning, and purpose.
Yet people blow them off through ignorance, naïveté, and indolence.
When is the last time you read the U. S. Constitution? When is the last time you read the Bill of Rights? When is the last time you read the Rhode Island Constitution? When is the last time you read the City Charter?
Yet people wander around expressing their feelings and opinions and finding themselves aghast at being confronted with facts without having done the most basic and simple task of just reading the ruleset: the Constitutions, their amendments, and the city charter.
A lot of people have spent a lot of time and energy and had it validated by due process to put these documents in place. Yet another lot of people have died fighting to defend these documents and their principles.
How dare you limp your wrists and whine without having lifted a finger to verify the facts?
Yet you do.
This is nothing new.
It started in the garden of Eden, it continued with the Israelites becoming slaves of Egypt, and then slaves to the Romans, and then slaves to the Nazis, and it has continued up to this moment to people becoming slaves to ISIS.
Right now. Today. This moment. Almost right here in River City.
We are next on the list to become slaves.
Yet, while the United Kingdom is on Severe Alert for Terrorism our [Edit: TBTG former] President is on the golf course and self-confessed “without a strategy” for confronting the threat. Wringing his hands, looking stressed, and saying, “Oh gosh, they’re not being very nice…”
The ultimate consequence of Political Correctness.
Fortunately, in contrast to some of our progenitors, We The People in the United States of America, each and every one of us, have the power to reverse this tide.
We The People have the power under the Constitution and the Law to remind Government that they work for us, not the other way around and to tell them how to exert our power.
But we shall succeed only if we assume the responsibility and do so:
“There are only two kinds of people in the end:
* Those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’
* And those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’
All that are in Hell, chose it.
Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.”
We must do this: We must reject Political Correctness.
The first step in solving any problem is recognizing that there is one.
(Codeword for “what part of this don’t you understand?”)
That is why I care. And that is why you should as well.
Charity begins at home.