An Orgy of Outrage: The Joy of Being Offended in America

 

I never cease to be amazed at the number of people who think, because a truth is offensive, it must therefore not be true.  What ever happen to “the truth hurts” being a good thing?  I well remember checking out the Clinton Impeachment hearings on TV and how Maxine Waters would be taking offence at every other word that came out of the mouth of Henry Hyde.  It was like a kid’s game.  It still is.

Islamic Fanatics are responsible for the 911 attacks.

Medicare and Social Security are financially unsound and bankrupt.

Women in America have the “right” to kill their babies when they are the inconvenient product of consensual sex and the mother does not wish to be troubled with them.

When Bill Clinton offended Obama in the North Carolina Primary it started a trend of more and more blacks voting for Obama and more and more whites voting for Hillary.

Illegal immigrants to the USA are criminals and, under the law, should be deported.

Being offended is not a crime in North America.

Now I would be willing to bet that someone would find one or more of the above statements offensive. But how many of us would find the above statements to be true?  Let me ask you this: if a statement is both offensive and true should it be suppressed?  Or should we be a country in which a true statement should never be condemned or suppressed just because someone could be offended?  Which country are we now living in?

When I was a poor, innocent, baby boom kid, growing up in the Midwest, I was hooked on a show called Star Trek.  It was pure escapism, and it was great fun, that humans could always figure out and act on the right thing to do in lots of exotic circumstances.  Humans looked really good and that sure appealed to me.  I even read, don’t tell anyone, Star Trek Books, and now stop rolling your eyes!  The point is that in one of the books, I think it was The Vulcan Academy Murders; there is a priceless truth that we desperately need in our society today.  Here it is:  THERE IS NO OFFENCE WHERE NONE IS TAKEN.  It just goes to show that Science Fiction can be a good thing.  What a statement. 

Would we rather live in a world of gotcha politics with Obama and Hillary trying to convince us of who should get the most powerful job in the world based on who can pretend to be the biggest victim?  Or would we like to live in a world in which people simply refuse to take offence so easily and never when the truth is present?

Both points of view are ultimately value statements.  I have the right to take offence and demand apologies and reparations and advantages or I have the grace to overlook and offence and refuse to add to the strife and misery of our PC world.  Which is the greater good? 

The Politicians with identity politics want us to be offended because the moment we are, we can be grouped, and largely controlled, by disingenuous policy proposals and our votes harvested through corruption.  The corruption starts within the offended and the demand for redress and satisfaction, its amplified by politicians who simply want power, and its price is paid by each of us by suspicion, stereotyping, and avoiding “them”. It would be great to blame it all on the politicians and the media’s endless quest for ratings but don’t be fooled:  we play our part in corruption when we engage in PC wars. 

By the way, the statement above that I believe to be false is the last one: The idea that it’s not a crime to be offended in North America.  Given the Hate Crimes legislation out there and the Canadians prosecuting Christians for observing that the bible declares homosexuality to be a sin: it is fast becoming a crime to offend someone in North America!  I must be behind the times or a discredit to my baby boom peers in thinking that freedom of speech is more important, to say nothing of freedom of religion, then a homosexuals right not to be reminded that the bible considers homosexuality a sin.  But the truth is that all societies make such decisions, and offensive as it may be to me, they sometimes, foolishly, chose political correctness over the truth. Go figure!

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