Well, it’s that time of year again. Some people want to celebrate Christmas and others want to prevent them from doing so. Nativity scenes put up by believers must disappear from view when one non-believer whines about seeing it. Some stores tell their employees to say Happy Holidays to customers and not Merry Christmas to keep from offending those who chose not to honor the Christian idol of divinity.
The season seems to amplify all that is wrong with political correctness. Trying to please everybody affects more misery on a greater number of people. Christians revere December 25. If you choose not to partake, fine. However, drawing people who do want to share the holiday into your world of skepticism, non-belief, anger and misery is not the right thing to do. Let them enjoy.
Likewise, common sense dictates:
If you choose not to eat a fast food diet, that is fine. Just don’t keep those who like that fat laden meal from doing what pleases them. Don’t belittle me for eating a fried potato or patty of beef. I won’t demean you for chewing on nothing but grass and weeds.
If you believe that climate change is man made and that this is the first century of all eternity that temperatures have fluctuated, fine. If science about the ice age and how the earth overcame that without Humvees and coal fired power plants interferes with your inherent beliefs, you own the ignorance of your choice. However, don’t make the rest of us drive underpowered electric vehicles that can’t tow a trailer full of brush to the dump. Please don’t burden farmers with excess tax for not equipping their livestock with flatulence suppressors.
If you are gay, welcome. Celebrate it. It is no more right or wrong than being heterosexual. The fact that synthetic pharmaceuticals that you or your parents or grandparents ingested over the generations altered the natural gene structure of your family line is not a personal fault. Pharmaceutical companies conveniently neglect to divulge that information. While homosexuality is not normal, neither are the chemicals we use to allay the symptoms of disease. As homosexuals, you qualify for equal rights and privileges just as any other human being, nothing more. There is a distinction between marriage and a legal bond between two like gender individuals. There should, however, be no differences in opportunities.
If you choose to send your offspring to public indoctrination centers, fine. You should also accept that some people want their children educated. Allow them to send their children to private or parochial schools by having their tax dollars sent to a school of their choice. The remittance amount of the vouchers should be equal to the total amount spent per pupil by local public institutions. Don’t hold it against private schools for not having fifteen levels of inept bureaucrats sucking up the dollars before they reach the classroom. Allow equal tax dollars and equal choice.
If you stole your way into this country because of our liberal to non-extent immigration enforcement, don’t ask for or expect all the rights and privileges of American citizens. You have broken our law, enforced or not, and are subject to justice in the form of deportation to your point of entry. You are not entitled to tax subsidies, living stipends, driver licenses, in state tuition or voting rights even though some of our elected idiots allow them.
Please use the remaining intellectual brain cells in your head, not just your emotion. Just because a thought, term or tradition is different from your familiarity or belief doesn’t necessarily make it wrong. That is why we debate. We live in a world of reasoned directives. We are not yet completely mind-numbed automatons of a single thought process. We must celebrate that which makes us happiest without harming, demeaning or belittling others for their ways.
Merry Christmas to you whether or not you choose to celebrate Christ. Please be comfortable with who you are, just don’t try to force others to be like you.