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.