What We Really Mean
By: Patti Bankson
I’m not sure when, exactly, political correctness took over the dialog in our country, and our “conversations” about any given thing became reduced to euphemisms and mincing-around-ugly-facts. The when of it is pretty irrelevant… what’s more relevant is that that’s the way it is now.
Supposedly Americans, for the most part, are straight-shooters; people who prefer facts delivered in a direct manner. I’m afraid that, if it were ever true, it’s not true today. Today all our information seems to be (what passes for) truth, gets wrapped up in words someone thinks will make the cold, hard truth more palatable to our sensitivities.
As much as Americans want to believe we’ve been relieved of our old Victorian sensibilities, we still want to hide our behavior, don’t we? We’re not “having sex” with someone, we’re “sleeping” with him or her. Really? You want “us” to believe that all you do when you’re under the covers (or wherever), dressed in flannel nighties and P.J.s, you’re just talking, and, perhaps even “spooning”, until the sandman carries you off to dreamland? Sounds kind of silly, doesn’t it? It is. What’s sillier is if we’d keep our hands (and other body parts) to ourselves until we’re married… or, at the very least, kept our personal, intimate information to ourselves, we wouldn’t have to find words to “clean it up”, so to speak.
Keeping our personal information to ourselves, brings up the issue of homosexuality, and how its supporters are determined to make other people’s sexuality our business… determined to push it on us until we agree that it’s acceptable; the norm. O.K… first, I believe that our Constitution protects my right to think whatever I think… believe what I believe. Just as everyone does. Unfortunately, as many of us know, that right, and the documents from which it comes, is not only under attack, but being violently stripped from us… by our own government. Secondly, information about your “sexual preferences” should come under the heading of “Need to Know”, and unless I’m personally involved with you? I DON’T NEED TO KNOW! Not only that, I DON’T CARE!! That’s what I considered the best part of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”… If I want to know, I’ll ask… if I don’t ask, I don’t want to know, so don’t tell.
Another thing progressives have “re-named”? Abortion. And what is being aborted. It’s a fetus, not a baby. It’s just a blob of tissue, etc. The inconvenient truth here is that a baby has a heartbeat as early as 18-days… before a woman knows she’s pregnant. Unfortunately, in today’s culture, the real difference between a fetus and a baby is whether it’s wanted by its mother… Wanted? A baby. Unwanted? A fetus. The “theory” behind legalizing abortions was to eliminate back-alley abortions… to make them legal, safe and rare. Does anyone believe that the slaughter that went on in abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s “clinic” is a completely isolated incident? If you answer “yes” to that, you’re doing exactly what I’m talking about… attaching a word to an immoral, horrendous act that makes it more acceptable… makes it easier for us to stick our heads in the sand. Even pretend it doesn’t exist. Definitely makes the process easier on the woman, but it’s still murder on the baby.
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