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November 19, 2013

We're seeing the neutering of America

By Chuck Pinkey
The Daily Star

---- — In my last article, I wrote about the out-of-control politically correct movement, and how the self-appointed PC police are on a mission to ensure that no one is offended by the spoken or printed word, names or mascots of our sports teams, or any action that may somehow be construed as racist, sexist or offensive to anyone.

This politically correct crusade is also leading to the neutering of our society. Think about it. For better or worse, hasn’t the role or image of masculinity changed? Things that were traditionally male, the “rites and passages of manhood,” are now frowned upon or ridiculed. We are witnessing the castration of America. 

Last year, Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport solicited a yearbook ad from Losie’s Gun Shop. His check and half-page ad were promptly returned. His ad would not be accepted unless he changed his name to Losie’s Sporting Goods. The PC police found the words “Gun Shop” unacceptable.

This year, again trying to help out a local school, Jim took out a full-page ad in the Oneonta High School Drama Club’s 2013-14 programs. Once again, his ad and check were returned. No advertisement would be accepted that mentioned “guns.”

Are you educators stupid enough to think that if the word “gun” is printed in a yearbook or program, a young man will go on a killing spree? 

Look to our military, the greatest on Earth. Some may argue that our military has been emasculated, not by the presence of women, but by politically correct policies that protect terrorists, and those who harbor terrorists, more than they do our own troops. No one wants collateral damage, but who wants to sacrifice their son or daughter, because “innocents” choose to live near terrorists?

Believe it or not, in “Green Warriors — Army Environmental Considerations for Contingency Operations,” they state that, “There is a chronic lack of training and awareness across much of the Army about environmental considerations … Most units receive little training about how to operate in an environmentally appropriate way in the field and are therefore often unaware of the proper environmental procedures.” I wonder what Gen. Patton would think of this. 

The neutering continues. The latest target of rage is bullying, and of course, most bullies are male. According to Google Words, bullying is, “The use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.”

While no one thinks bullying is a good thing, is it the demon worthy of all the attention given? On the K-12 level, many would say that it is part of growing up, and one has to learn to handle it. For the most part, I agree, but schools and parents should be aware and ready to step in for those cases that exceed the norm. 

Beyond that, it’s the real world. Should you be unfortunate enough to need the assistance of an attorney, I suspect you’d opt for the biggest bully you could find. So too, if one runs a company and needs to hire a collection agency, the greatest consideration would be given to the most aggressive firm.

Ponder our politicians, local, state or federal. Do they bully or what? Just think about their tactics or the tactics of THEIR political action committees. If certain people are elected, “Fracking will kill your grandchildren.” What about the woman that Mitt Romney “killed” by taking away her health care?

Bullying? Could one use that word to describe the passage of Obamacare and the New York Safe Act? Absolutely, but they call it hardball politics; however, a skunk by any other name would smell the same. 

Now, we have the last bastion of masculinity coming under the knife. Football! The Miami Dolphins have a 300-pound lineman bullying another 300-pound lineman and the PC people are aghast. Oh, the poor baby! Please, give me a break! It’s football. That’s what they do! They hit, tackle, block and bully each other!

What do you think happens when they hike the ball? We’re not talking a sensitivity class or a focus group here. It’s football! They’re beating each other to a bloody pulp, and making reference to their opponent’s ancestry. They’re bullying their way up and down the field, and they are being paid millions to do it! 

This is the National Football League, where you do your job or next week, someone else will take your place, aka the real world. Or, will it become the PC’s NFL? The Not For Long league, if these loons have their way.

CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at chuck.ontherightside@gmail.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.