Within days of the Charleston South Carolina shooting by a self proclaimed racist that believed he had to “protect” his culture the PC police were out in force trying to again cleanse society of anything offensive. The target this time is the Confederate flag and apparently anything to do with the civil war. To add insult to injury one reporter was even speculating that we should remove the Jefferson monument because he [Jefferson] held slaves.
In a word all of this is STUPID! With so many people out there deciding to throw so many objects into the furnace because it might offend someone can we be far away from book banning and burning? I say we have to be right on the cusp of book burning.
No where in the Constitution or in Natural Law for that matter does it say we have a right to not be offended. People should simply be able to have a mature and civil discussion about ANYTHING and be able to rationally debate and articulate their beliefs without resorting to personal attacks, banning everything and causing riots when we don’t get our way.
Intellectual debate in our country has taken one crippling blow after another since Obama has been in office, but honestly was even taking body shots before we ever heard his name uttered.
We have college educated potential future lawyers and judges saying we should have laws against “hate” speech! What exactly is hate speech and who gets to decide it is hate speech?
That is truly the dangerous ground we are getting into here with all of this PC talk going on today. It is truly suppressing not only free speech, but the very ability to have rational and civil debate on anything. People simply want to shut out anything they personally disagree with and find personally offensive. They don’t even want to be exposed to the very ideas like it is some type of virus they might catch.
The problem is who gets to decide what is hate speech and what is acceptable ideas and what needs to be banned? If someone likes the Confederate flag and someone else likes the hammer and sickle flag of communist Russia and each is offended by the other who gets to decide which one gets banned? Do both of them get banned? Does the person who currently holds the majority in Congress, however slight, get to rule and ban the other one? For everyone? Even if we are talking a 51/49 majority? Does the 49% have any rights? or do they completely lose their rights because the 51% are the “majority” at that exact moment in time? What happens if the tables get switched at the next election, should the now majority that was previously the minority ban everything from the other?
See you get into very slippery territory here very quickly. All because some group doesn’t want to be “offended” by what they perceive to be “hate” speech.
If you have two groups each with different symbols and both calling the other group’s symbols “hate speech” which one does the law ban as “hate speech” apply to?
This of course continues to spiral down and out of control very quickly until ALL free speech is gone for everyone accept the group in power with the most guns. Tyranny. It keeps going until all books, ideas, concepts, debates, and speeches of the side NOT in power are banned and we live under a new tyranny.
We are told constantly that we can’t judge all Muslims because of a few radicals that kill innocent people. We are told those Muslims don’t represent all Muslims. However when one racist nut job kills people in Charleston we have to ban flags, speech, monuments, guns and apparently large chunks of American history to satisfy the PC crowd. Just wait until the next Muslim terrorist does something and let’s call for banning the Koran, any mention of Middle Eastern countries and anything associated with their culture and watch the liberal heavens split asunder as they scream like banshees.
Unfortunately for PC oriented liberals the logic is identical even if they don’t like it. One person commits an atrocity based on a belief system and suddenly we ban everything associated with that belief system for everyone because of one misguided person.
Unless people truly become more tolerant and willing to listen to all ideas and debate everything rationally and civilly Western civilization is truly doomed.