I RARELY run one of our editorial cartoons within my column, but the one used in the print edition this week really caught my eye — especially the figure’s shirt with the lettering “Society Of The Perpetually Offended”.
The cartoon is about the outrage against former vice president and demo-crat candidate for president Joe Biden’s remarks concerning being able to work with a couple of segregationist senators years ago to get legislation passed.
Today’s column is not about Joe Biden (who apologized for his words a few days ago) but about how some people are “offended” by more and more things. They really are unofficial members of the “Society of the Perpetually Offended”.
LAST WEEK, Nike recalled a shoe featuring the Betsy Ross flag over concerns that the design glorified slavery and racism. The red, white and blue sneaker had been set to hit the U.S. market to commemorate the July Fourth holiday. NPR reported: “Those critical of the Nike shoe include activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper says Kaepernick asked Nike to reconsider the design out of concern that it would send the wrong message about race in the modern United States.”
AS A lover and writer of history, I am dismayed by the destruction of statues, flags and artifacts in our nation because they had a “link” to slavery and racism. This nation has come a long way since the days of the Civil War, but we can’t erase history by tearing down statues or wiping names and events from history books or removing paintings. What’s next? Going to Gettysburg and digging up the bodies of all the confederate Civil War soldiers?
Unless we are reminded and understand where we came from, we can’t accurately measure how far we’ve come and the direction we still need to go. Edmund Burke wrote: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
FIVE YEARS ago, Patrice Lewis wrote an article for the World News Daily and stated: “Back in 1995 prior to the birth of our first child, I went to the local hospital’s Birthing Center to register. While filling in the necessary paperwork, I was startled to see that my husband’s name was not required. ‘It might offend the women who aren’t married,’ explained the nurse ruefully. “I knew then that my newborn child would be entering a brave new world, a world where fathers are unnamed for fear of offense.”
THIS NATION (including many forms of government, and several major companies) is going to the extreme to keep a few people from being offended at even the smallest word, or act, or reaction. Some government bodies have decided not to have an opening prayer at public meetings because it might offend an atheist and they will get sued! If there is one place where we especially need to ask God for guidance it is in our government’s decisions!
I find it remarkable, and hypocritical, that many people who are offended by reminders of our history, the U. S. flag and our Constitution, don’t seem to have a problem with many of our veterans not being treated fairly, or the passage of legislation that feeds the worse characteristics of those who are society’s addicts — and need our help.
SOMEONE once said that, you can tell the character of a person by what makes that person angry. Maybe the same application can be used to describe the character of a person by what offends him or her. The words and actions of many leaders that I see today I find “offensive”. I am not “perpetually offended” but I am amazed about what does and does not offend us in our society today.