HE SAYS:

I have reached the point where our country is becoming less and less recognizable to me as the great country that once nurtured the entrepreneurial spirit to new heights of prosperity, that spawned a wave of technological advances and industries, that had a no nonsense approach to fighting crime, that had the will and fortitude to wage and win a world war on two continents, and that celebrated freedom, independence and self-reliance.

What are we today?   Have we become a country too fearful and timid to aggressively fight and protect ourselves from foreign enemies sworn to destroy us, a country where there are too many of us no longer willing or able to build our own futures and create our own prosperity, a country where we are afraid to take a stand and decisively protect our society from the enemy within, and a country where we have become so ultra sensitive that we are willing to give up our freedoms so as not to offend anyone?

When confronted with a fanatical enemy who will use any means necessary to wage a war of terrorism and destruction against our country, I would rather unleash our own whirlwind of destruction on the terrorists and terrorist countries as I stated in “Reign Of Terror” than  kneel in submission for fear of inciting others to become terrorists+ or be concerned about the opinion of other countries or be hesitant to deal harshly with captured terrorists or refrain from being aggressive in our efforts to find and punish our enemies wherever they may hide.  

When confronted with a severe downturn in our economy, I would rather work harder to restore my own prosperity and maintain my independent and self-reliant spirit as I stated in “Take Back The American Dream, Part 1” and “Take Back The American Dream, Part 2” than feed off of the wealth and prosperity of others or become sheltered and supported by the government or change the rules so that we destroy the incentive to take risks and create wealth.

When confronted with rampant violent crime, I would rather take swift and decisive action against those that would commit the ultimate harm to society as I stated in “Death Penalty, A Personal Statement” than worry about their troubled lives or indulge their self-serving psychological defenses or put up with endless procedural delays or worry about being cruel to the wanton purveyors of cruelty.

When confronted with censorship in the name of sensitivity, I would rather honor our freedoms and be less concerned about offending someone as I stated in “Political Correctness” than stifle anyone’s free speech just to maintain a sense of civility, harmony, or cordiality.

When confronted with ever more rigid and entrenched ideologies, I would rather strive for a healthy balance of ideas and ideals as I stated in “A World In Balance” than follow any one agenda or choose one set of extreme doctrines over another.

I want to live in an intelligent, strong, decisive, courageous, purposeful, free, and success oriented country.

What country do you want to live in?

+   Fighting a limited war without a lasting and decisive victory as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan only breeds contempt for us with our enemies.   A case in point, the recent attacks on our Embassies in various Middle Eastern countries and the murder of the American Ambassador in Libya even though, ostensibly, over a religious insult is, in reality, born out of that contempt and might not have happened if we had pursued the war on terrorism throughout the Middle East with greater intensity and resolve in the first place.

On Wednesday, Joe offers a whimsical look at the possible end of the world in “The End Is Near”.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

HE SAYS:

I do not like Political Correctness.   It is not honest, noble, or correct.

I believe it is one of the most insidious forms of censorship that has ever existed because it is cloaked in self righteousness as it seeks to control not only your words but your thoughts.  Free speech is no longer a consideration if you speak out about the wrong subjects.   The most frightening aspect of Political Correctness is that you will be punished even if what you say is true.  Truth is no defense to a violation of the politically correct rules.

It is also about power.  Think about it, what does it mean to be politically correct?   It means that you dare not criticize, offend, or insult anyone or anything that will incur the anger of  those groups that make and enforce the politically correct rules and have the power to punish you for your words.

Ironically, Political Correctness is a blatant display of intolerance from the self-ordained proponents of tolerance.   Even if well intentioned, what they fail to appreciate is that in a free society there should be an open and unfettered exchange of ideas and opinions.  The real test of our democracy is if we allow unpopular ideas and opinions to be expressed and judged on their merits or lack thereof in the marketplace of public opinion rather than be suppressed or censored by attacking the speaker in the name of Political Correctness.

You know as well as I do that if you say something that is deemed to be politically incorrect, you will be ostracized, vilified, and eventually persecuted for what you say.  The goal is to instill such fear in you that you will not even be able to think such incorrect thoughts let alone express them in words.

It is not much different than in the days when there were dictators or kings with unlimited power.  They controlled everything that was said or written about them and you dared not criticize them.  If you did, their ploy was to brand you as a traitor before you were publicly punished.   Today, it is not dictators or kings, but, the political correctness watch dogs within our society that wield the same power to control your words.  The ploy now is to accuse you of hate speech before your public flogging.

Sometimes you are labeled as being insensitive which is just a buzz word that means you dared to be brash enough to say something that you should have realized would anger those in power.  Again, you must be punished much like a child who talks back to his parents.

I am not suggesting that we should all engage in mindless name calling or promote violence, but, I do believe that we all should have the right to have an open discourse and be able to express our opinions on any topic even if unpopular.  Whatever happened to the attitude that I may not like what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it?

WHAT DO YOU SAY?