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Who Speaks for the Common
In this age of
political correctness, it is easy to offend just
about anyone. Any gesture, action or comment is at
risk of being construed by someone to be offensive.
Even something as innocuous as the title above may
be taken as an insult by anyone so inclined. So be
it. There comes a time when someone needs to
display a little backbone and stand up for what
they believe in.
Fairness and political correctness have become the
war cry for liberals, feminists, and other
so-called "minority" segments of the population in
their attempts to re-engineer society to their
liking. What ever happened to the concept of
treating people as people and not grouping everyone
into victim or oppressor categories?
There are some people I like and respect, and there
are others I don't particularly care for ... both
at work and in my personal life. It has nothing to
do with their gender, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, age, ethnicity, race, religion, or any
of the other neat little titles that have become
commonplace lately. It has only to do with how I
regard that person as a person.
Have we become so fearful of bad publicity and
lawsuits that we have lost the capability to think
about things in a reasonable manner? Of course
there are individuals who occasionally cross the
line of what constitutes poor taste or
inappropriate behavior. That is human nature. Those
cases, when they occur, need to be resolved,
appropriately and in a timely manner, with fairness
and equal protection to all parties concerned. Our
current system offers neither.
Standards of conduct, codes of ethics ... these
things are fine if they are equally applied and
enforced. Our current policies seem to indicate
that there are only a few "protected" victim
categories, and if you are unlucky enough to not
fall into one of them - well, you must be one of
the bad guys, excuse me, persons.
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