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Monday, November 23, 2015


Sometimes I get sensory overload from news. I have to gaze or glance at multiple sources on either side to find "few" facts. Facts remain to be found. Or truth. Where is truth?

I think I know truth most times but I have no idea where to find it in news anymore. Will we ever know 100% truth? Ever? That's a good question. I have some doubts. Plus you throw in perspectives and whee! (roll, bounce) truth gets a little skewed. Local stations are supposed to be neutral and have sanctions against them if they go left or right. Not sure about that reliability either. I guess that is why this generation questions everything.

Today I found some articles interesting. Here are the quips I got from the various sources (now I am paraphrasing so don't hate the blogger):

1. Millenials favor socialism because they have never captured the feeling of the American Dream, make less than their parents do at that age, and have an astronomical debt from student loans. They also overemphasis equality at all levels. Does this mean everyone should make millions or live on the poverty level? (Ok. That was a Fargo joke)

This all stems from the after effects of the last recession as per the views of the writer. 

Geopolitics also shape their views such as looking at Norway and Sweden, thinking all socialists live in happy bliss and harmony. Studies show that as millenials climb the ladder of success, they start to think more conservative in their values. (*shudder* say it isn't so)

2. "Democrats are squishing free speech by over doing the PC policing in America." 

Ok. I have to help the unknowning peeps here because FREE SPEECH IS FREEDOM FROM UNWARRANTED PERSECUTION OR CENSORSHIP FROM YOUR GOVERNMENT. It has nothing to do with walking down the street talking to your neighbor or being at work or saying something to a group of people...UNLESS YOU ARE CENSORED OR JAILED OR RESTRAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU SAID. Also...speaking out does not mean it doesn't come without consequences. So if Ethel Justice decides you suck or you offended someone and makes it go viral and people point at you or picket outside your home AND YOU WANT TO SUE FOR MONEY, it is not a violation of the First Amendment. ERG. This drives me crazy. Know your constitution. 

So...this is my perspective and interpretation of a right SHIFTED article is that the writer feels political correctness is endangering people's ability to feel free saying things without repercussions all the time, THUS, changing how we interact with each other and creating a lot of division. Whew. At least that is my interpretation. That we have gone so far one way to deter offensive language that we are making it ridiculous and then "offensive language" becomes overkill and division become the forefront. Just think...when I was a kid...almost anything went out your mouth (except cursing) without frownie faces.

Now things come out your mouth have to pass the "GASP TEST." In other words if the average, reasonable person would GASP IN HORROR because of what you are about to say...maybe rethink that and see if it is still OK to GASP or NOT OK to GASP with repercussions or frownie faces. Now I would agree in some sense that the open discussions have been squished and people don't FEEL free to express themselves as much or talk about hot topics. This makes me sad. Why? Because we need to talk about things in order to get better and not worry about being called a hater or a racist or a fascist.

I think we are entirely too sensitive. It makes me want to high five people in the face.


Tennessee Grammie said...

I don't mind discussing hot topics and sharing viewpoints IF the person(s) in the discussion share their viewpoint calmly, politely and with respect. Even though I don't always agree with someone, I respect their right to their opinion. There is no respect and courtesy seen on the 'news panels' of talking heads, so I don't bother watching all the pompous blather because they all irritate me when they start raising their voices and all talking at once. I've noticed the depth of so much raw anger in the 'discussions,' along with foul mouths and name calling - none of it is acceptable. And when people around me present the 'facts' that are not facts, it irritates me even more.

I grew up in the middle of a group of exceptionally intelligent, polite and respectful ADULTS that had interesting discussions. I learned so much from them and their differing view points and that taught me to question, listen, think and investigate before forming an educated opinion.

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Momma Fargo;

The problem is now that people forget that "free Speech" is supposed to be free speech...even if you think it is a load of crap. The problem is that one side believes that if you agree with them, it is "free Speech"...and if you have a position opposed to what they view as "free Speech", they roll out the "Hate Speech" thingie on you. It is so polarizing right now...one side has becoming totally juvenile in their demands and the other side is basically locking in their heels and saying "Are you f*cking kidding me?" and the perpetually aggrieved don't know how to handle rejection and have a meltdown. Something that was taught to people a few generations back, but seem to be a forgotten skill.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Truth? Good luck with that. Recently saw the Denver Post referred to as, "The Denver Daily Compost". Seems about right.

Old NFO said...

Well said, and truth seems to be scarce on the ground today... sigh

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
That was totally BRILLIANT.
I could not agree more, Kiddo.

Roll safe down there, dear.

Mad Jack said...

We are not too sensitive.
Our Main Lady suggested we need sensitivity training because of something we said or did, and not only do we not know just what the f-word it was, we failed to recognize that we were getting the silent treatment and that her royal majesty was pissed off at us.
Truly, we are hopelessly callous and completely unfit for civilized company.
And now we are going to pour ourselves a dry martini. Care to join me?