Correctness, political or not, is even more necessary than ever

political-correctnessSeven years ago, I had something to say about the need for political correctness. Christmas season, negative “news” fanning fake flames, mind-boggling intellectual numbness (or dearth)…at the time, I had hopes that the populace would eventually come to their senses. A couple of days ago, The Guardian ran an article, “Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy“, which gave me pause to reflect on one of its theses. Could it really be one of the contributing causes to the rise of the most offensive on every level x-elects we’ve ever had? Continue reading

Freedom of speech comes with strings

Adults should be measured in speech. Even though we have a right in this country to speak our mind, sometimes we just can’t, even if an x-elect can impugn with no consequences and rebuttals are met with antipathy. Certain association challenge that fundamental right. Sucks. But that’s life.

When one sees injustice, idiocy & stupidity…blatant lies…it can be frustrating to not be able to say something, even if only to point out facts. But one has to be wary of losing sales, or offending decision makers.

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Resorting to too subtle sarcasm, or too over-their-heads innuendo that you’d have to explain is unbecoming…but perversely satisfying.

From no consensus to open hatred

I want to share something (with permission) a friend wrote:

I have seen and heard the most vile and hate mongering commentary from the voting (and non-voting) community this year than ever before. I understand all the frustration and anger being felt, as well as having the freedom of voicing “colorful” opinions. I’m referring to those people who display a mind-boggling depth of out-of-control anger that has them speaking and writing such horrifying commentary. This kind of behavior speaks more to their own character than that of the candidates. If that kind of hatred could make a positive difference or affect change that’s one thing. But there seems to be too many people out there who feel horrible inside themselves on a daily basis (that has nothing to do with politics), and this election season has been an excuse to spit it out into the world with a vengeance.

How sadly true. The anger is growing and that disturbs me, as it should disturb anyone. I think that one side of the political coin has been feeding off of, deliberately feeding into, and capitalizing on fear for a couple of decades and now that anger has been given a pseudo-legitimacy, well, they went pro on the fear long ago and seem to me to be licking their chops at the opportunities anger presents. Continue reading

True Patriotism in America

Despite the unfathomable killing, killing, incongruous brutality, stupidity, monumental stupidity all over the headlines, there are still severely misguided people bizarrely upset over something else entirely insignificant by comparison. I’ve not weighed in publicly, or even privately, on a the matter of Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem at a football game, and after considerable reflection – and still seeing angry posts about it on The Facebook –¬† I’ve decided to share some thoughts on the matter.

seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_the_navy-svgBefore I go further, in case you don’t know this, I am a 20 veteran of the United States Navy. I served both as an enlisted man and and officer in the cec-emblemCivil Engineer Corps, finishing my career in South Korea, at “the [bottom of the] pointy tip of the spear”. Thirteen years after I retired, I still shift items to my left hand…just in case I have to salute – which, of course, I never have to do. (I still get saluted when I make the rare trip to a military base, but unlike the Army, I can never salute out of uniform!) Is that patriotism? To some, maybe. For me, it was just something I did. And it isn’t really patriotism. Continue reading