Political Correctness Run Amok

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 04:01 PM

By Chris Freind

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Ask any middle-aged American, regardless of party, how the country is doing, and the invariable response is pessimistic, citing the shaky economy, soaring college costs and the healthcare boondoggle.
 
But ask their parents’ generation, and the answer is infinitely bleaker. First, there’s the exasperating sigh, followed by a shaking of the head and, “While I worry for my kids’ future, I am petrified of the world my grandchildren will inherit.”
 
Things in America have gotten out so of control that the very heart of the nation is being ripped away. And it just keeps getting worse, as too few are stepping up to stop the madness.
 
Sure, every aging generation thinks things were better in “their” day, but this time it’s not a case of rose-colored reminiscing. Somewhere along the line, things have changed.
 
From the massive homage paid to political correctness to the insatiable desire to socially re-engineer everything, and from helicopter parents hovering over every breath their children take to an unprecedented level of outright stupidity, American society is devolving into a refrain of “What the hell are we thinking?”
 
If the silent majority doesn’t care, then throw in the towel, because the ballgame’s over. But if they believe that our direction is wrong, they need to demand an end to the foolishness.
 
Consider these recent gems:
  • Hallmark banning the word “Gay” from its “Deck the Halls” Christmas ornament. In bowing at the altar of political correctness, Hallmark replaced “Gay” with “Fun” in the line “Don we now our gay apparel.” Why create a controversy when there simply wasn’t one? Good question. But Hallmark justified its move, stating, “Today it (gay) has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation." 
What intent?
 
The carol has been around since the 1800s, and everyone knows the “intent.” It has never referred to homosexual people. Yanking that word is offensive to everybody: gay people (since being “gay” seems offensive to Hallmark), and all who feel violated by Hallmark’s desecration of a beloved Christmas song.
 
If Hallmark were smart, it would reinstitute the word “gay” and fire the executive who authorized the move, with absolutely no Christmas bonus!
  • Banning Tag: A New Hampshire school just became the latest to ban tag, because it violated the school’s “no contact” rule. Kids can still run and jump (at least before they’re banned too), but they must do it in a “safe” way, since several children were pushed during tag. This is another instance where people entrusted with the education and well-being of our children act like imbeciles, trying to sanitize everything and eliminate risk. But you can’t. To think you can, and instituting policies to do so, is an offense that merits firing.
  • Tag, You’re It: Not to be outdone, a school in Long Island took it further. Hey, anybody can ban tag (which it did), but it also outlawed “hard” footballs, soccer, lacrosse, and baseballs, unless under direct adult supervision. That’s a relief, because as we know, playing tag and ball at recess ranks as one of the leading causes of child happiness, and we can’t have happy children. That might actually lead to creativity, camaraderie, competitive spirit — and the ability to “negotiate” with peers while solving disputes on their own. But since our schools aren’t exactly educating our children well and preparing them for the real world, why should it be any different in the schoolyard?
If you agree, you could always do a cartwheel at the school to show your support. Oh wait. Sorry. The school banned them too. No lie.
  • No Handshakes After High School Games: You think the “no contact” tag rule is bad? That’s nothing, as the Kentucky High School Athletic Association recently statedthat post-game handshakes should be banned, due to several altercations after sporting events.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of high school sports contests occurring daily (99.9 percent of which have zero problems), but they’re eliminating the ultimate show of sportsmanship for everyone who played by the rules in order to appease the bad apples? Where’s the fairness in that?
 
Live in fear, eliminate all risk, and nice guys finish last — what a horrendous message to send to our young student-athletes. Kentucky has always been known for its thoroughbreds, but this debacle makes it seem that the horses’ asses are making their run. How sporting.
 
The quickest way for a society to implode is not from financial crisis or outside invasion. It’s when its moral fabric disintegrates, and when rights are lost, not by force, but through voluntary surrender. Will the American tough-as-nails spirit once again prevail, or will it be as T.S. Eliot so famously penned, “This is the way the world ends . . . not with a bang but a whimper?”
 
I’d do a cartwheel for the former, but they just got banned.
 
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.
 
 
 

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