I began my college career as an English major. I love the written language. I love it’s ability to illicit emotions, bring to mind fond memories and even help us to see, hear, feel and even sometimes smell the scene painted by a gifted author. I stopped being an English major when no one could tell me how does something become a classic. Words have meaning but over years, decades and centuries some people have managed through shear repetition to turn some words in the lexicon into weapons. This week we have been underwhelmed with the audacity of hopelessness that political correctness has left us. We are prisoners of language not the masters of it. We are told by agenda driven fishwives, not only what to say but how, when and where we can speak. Freedom of speech has become yet another causality of the “War on (put your aggrieved victimized group here)”.
So let’s take another look at the dreck we have allowed ourselves to be splattered with. In a land where people can use the most foul, disgusting words imaginable (and some one can’t even imagine) people are being fired, are being threatened with jail, and/or being subjected to death threats for using a word “one group” considers offensive. Really? So the next time someone refers to my ancestors as “micks” or ” drunks” or any number of offensive names for the Irish I can threaten them, their family, their businesses? They owe me a big time payout for “offending my sensibilities”. So the words Limies, Krauts, Chinks, Crackers et al are all going to land people in jail for “hate” crimes. Little secret here, people don’t need to call you names to hate you. They can hate you and smile at you all at the same time. Most of them don’t give a rats tail what your ethnicity is, they don’t like you because THEY DON’T LIKE YOU. Please get over yourself, graduate from Middle School and put on you adult panties.
I’ll tell you what. I’ll get all upset and flop and twitch over the names people call each other the day they make the F word illegal. It’s patently offensive to everyone man, woman or child. The way in which people use it is also ridiculous. It’s used as a punctuation mark by people who have so little experience with the activity that they don’t even understand why their colorful phraseology is so moronic. It makes men look course and unappealing and it makes women look cheap and ignorant. It makes teenagers and adults look like Middle Schoolers (7th graders even) who became stunted and never managed to mature to the level of 9th graders.
That said I would fight making that word illegal as well. We should have the ability to choose the words we speak. If others find them offensive they will ignore us or avoid us. People will always gather together with those with which they have things in common. It’s why we have organizations, so that those with like interests can come together and enjoy those things. Someone who isn’t interested in Quilting should not join a Quilting guild and then seek to change the focus of the group. Those who like to swim in the winter time shouldn’t be held hostage by someone who thinks they’re crazy. Those who call others names and who themselves use foul terms to address others in their group should not be surprised when others use the same word. Hypocrisy is not one’s friend in this. It just makes those who already are predisposed to dislike, distrust and dismiss one’s character sure that they are correct.
Now all this being said. I think it’s time for Charlie Rangle to resign. As a matter of fact I think he should stand trail for hate crimes. I personally am not offended by the “cracker” moniker but I am offended that anyone so without moral compass, without integrity, without honor and without rudimentary intelligence is representing the United States in any way. If Charlie Rangle is the best we have to offer maybe the government should send Snooki to Libya as the new Ambassador. After all the best and the brightest go into government service, since they can’t make a living any other way. Community organizer doesn’t pay too well unless you have friends in high places or handlers with deep pockets.