A conversation last week with a coworker reminded me of one of the chief problems I have with “social justice” and political correctness, and the fact that both are ramping up to hitherto unknown proportions.
Apparently, the song “Kiss the Girl” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is “misogynistic and dismissive of consent,” or something like that, according to the Daily Princetonian, the newspaper for Princeton University.
Seems an a capella group from the university had that song in their setlist, but has since dropped it because of this “outcry” from the SJWs at the school fishwrap.
It’s the latest in the #MeToo miasma.
It also shows that there’s no end in sight for this, and that, I believe, is by design.
More and more, it seems that for liberals — and even some conservatives — their approach to everything is politics of the immediate. What that means is that when a problem presents itself, the congresscritters respond with “Something must be done!” or “Think of the children!” or something along those lines.
So legislation is crafted to address the specific problem, and passed, and inevitably it will be brought up after the fact that measures have been in place already, and no one will care, but we will pat ourselves on the back because we “did something.”
That pattern will continue, and there will be no end in sight, because the underlying problems is never address. It’s like legislative NyQuil: treat the symptoms, ignore the disease.
The gun control and immigration “debates” suffer from this same malaise. Bill after measure after draft has been put forward to solve the current issue, but nothing will be done to stop the need for more bills or measures or drafts. We won’t treat illnesses, we won’t enforce laws, we’ll just legislate and call ourselves leaders.
And if there ever comes a time when there’s nothing to legislate, then something will be made up, just so our “leaders” can swoop in and save us from the latest thing we’ve done to show we’re not capable of existing without the beneficence of government.
Speech will suffer the same fate, as evidenced by the Daily Princetonian’s dire warnings. Nothing will be safe; more and more evil meaning will be found in the most insignificant of phrases, all absent meaning or context.
So then, you won’t be able to do in anymore. Because our government knows what’s best, remember?
It’s not just the government at fault here, though. It starts with us. We have to learn not to get our noses out of joint at the slightest hint of difference. We have to learn that there is room in the world for more than one point of view.
We have to be willing to believe in good intentions, to err on the side of being positive, instead of issuing instant condemnation for something that runs contrary to our carefully constructed idea of the universe.
If we are to embrace diversity, the we must truly accept what is diverse, instead of pointing it out.
Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.