The Danger of Obfuscation.

It is evident in these recent years that there is a growing group of people determined to eradicate free speech. These people all fit into the same category, as they search for oppressed groups to be a part of. When discussing points with students on college campuses, it becomes evident that they try to turn the argument in their favor not with the merit of their argument, but instead with their identity. If they find they are losing ground they’ll tell you that they are trans, or autistic, or some other oppressed group that is neither easily proved nor easily disproved. Rather than form a cogent argument to defend their position, or, God forbid, be willing to change their opinion, they muddy the waters, and turn the argument from what it was into their very identity being attacked.

The Power of Words

The power of words is even being changed. Often you will find the same groups of people using words like literally, but with changed meanings. The word literally is the opposite of the word figuratively. This is definite and absolute. Despite this, however, people will inevitably dredge up instances in which someone has used the word literally to mean figuratively at various points in history. Just because it happened in the past doesn’t mean it’s correct or right. The use of literally as figuratively is another form of obfuscation.

The definition of other words has changed as well. In any dictionary before 2009, looking up the term fascism would tell you that it is a socialist construct. Socialism is a very left wing ideal. In newer dictionaries, fascism is defined as specifically right wing, with no mention of socialism. History and reality does not support this, but the meaning of the word has still been changed.

How It Remains Relevant

The continued changing and mutating of words ensures that no matter what a person says, a meaning can be drawn out of it to fit whatever narrative another person wants. This is a dangerous form of evolution, especially when it is considered that oppression becomes an ever widening net for people to fall into. Most arguments these days are not based on their actual basis, but instead on how it affects a particular oppressed group. This form of obfuscation ensures that no progress can be made between two opposing parties without somebody being hurt in some way or another.

The United States of America is the only country in the world that has laws regarding free speech. No law enforcement authority nor any government authority can’t stop you from saying something, nor can they levy fines or imprisonment upon you simply for something you have said. The same cannot be said for even so close a neighbor as Canada.

The current attempts by certain groups to classify certain speech as hate speech, as well as attempts by members of the Democratic Party to set forth laws regarding hate speech, are attempts at removing the first amendment rights that Americans hold so dear.

Things Don’t Happen in a Vacuum.

It is important to remember that things don’t simply happen in a vacuum. There is rhyme or reason to almost every action. When someone attempts to classify words as hate speech that are in fact not hateful, a wise person will attempt to see what might come of it.

Lacking Lack

Kierkegaard said that there will come a time when the only thing we lack is lack. It appears as though we’ve reached that time right now. People in the United States are so privileged and so inundated with things to have in things to make their lives more comfortable, that they are now inventing problems.

Beyond that, when those invented problems are solved, they simply create new problems. The LGBT community is a prime example of this. It used to be that they wanted gay rights. They got them, and then it became about transgender people. OK, go ahead and be transgender. We’ll even make one of you woman of the year. Then, they wanted to pass laws, which were passed in Canada, that force you to change your child into a transgender person if they even mention feeling like the opposite sex. It is also considered hate speech(another made up problem) to misgender someone, even if they have a made up gender such as xir or ze.

It’s classic psychological maneuvering. If I want you to go a mile from where you are and you don’t want to, I’ll do my best to convince you to move an inch. Once I’ve succeeded, I’ll convince you to move another inch. It continues that way until one day you find yourself a mile away from where you started. That’s what’s going on right now with all of these social justice movements.

It seems as though the days are long gone when a person would count their blessings. In the United States, and most other westernized countries, even the poorest citizen is in the top one percent of the world. Americans live in a place that most other people on this earth would gladly give up everything to come to, and many have. There is no other country on earth as sought after as a home than the USA.

Maybe it’s time to count our blessings instead of creating new things to lack.

Be Your Own Advocate

In today’s increasingly selfish and desolate society, it is important to know that there is one person who will always stand up for you:

You.

The Current Meta

Advocacy and allyship groups continue to become more fractured, not being satisfied with their problem being part of a whole host of problems being solved. Instead, their very specific and often undefinable problem must be first in line. The LGBT movement alone has become a warzone in which transgender people now call gay people oppressive. Straight black men are considered the white people of black people. There are even transgender groups that call other transgender people transphobic. It’s mind boggling just how ready people are to be at the throats of people they once allied with or held close.

Even unions, the time-honored vanguard against morally corrupt corporations and small-time bosses who would feed on their workers have become a veritable mafia; using thuggish intimidation tactics and harassment to ensure that equity, not equality, is enforced. Anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the club is going to have a very hard time at their job. The Union wants its dues.

Even party politics has become a mine field. With no side currently being decent, the people who are decent have no home.

Who Can You Turn To?

You’ve made it this far, haven’t you? Despite all of the things that have happened in your life, including the things you were sure you’d never make it out of alive, here you are. Maybe you ought to listen to yourself.

Even if family, friends, and other people wish you success in your endeavors, it is ultimately up to you to push yourself to the finish line. No one can do it for you. The good part of that is, once you’re determined, no one can stop you, either.

 

An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Donald, I liked you from the start. You were rich, beyond what most people are, and yet you spent your time giving people a chance. You were the first to ever let a woman design and build a skyscraper in New York. You brought other races to the trading floor on Wall Street before it was cool. When you ran for president, I was overjoyed. I knew who my candidate was going to be I knew where my vote was going. You were brash, you were rude. You didn’t care what people thought. I liked that. It was a good quality to have. It still is. I liked that people got combative about you, especially the spoiled children that comprise a lot of the twentysomething leftists. Best of all, you weren’t Hillary.

I really wanted you to make America great again. They said you made fun of a disabled person on the news. I did my research, I fact checked. You did not, in fact, make fun of a disabled person on the news. You did the same thing that you have done for decades when you mimic someone, including yourself, who has forgotten something or had some sort of a brain fart. This only bolstered my support for you. How can these people be so stupid as to misinterpret that when the proof is right there in front of them? You attacked a gold star family. I tried, but I couldn’t find a reason for it. I actually wanted to excuse your behavior with the rationale that you’re President and I’m not and so you must know best. You were so defensible before, why not now?

Recently, you said that the president of Puerto Rico was a moron, or something to that effect. The statements and ad libs are starting to blur in my mind these days. You had my vote. You had my allegiance. You had someone who would argue on your behalf on every subject, and I knew I was right every time. I also happen to know that I am right this time, when I hang up my hat.

This time I can’t defend you any longer. This time, all I can do is say at least it’s not Hillary. It makes me sad that it’s the only argument left to defend you with. You were something. You were a self-made billionaire. People would always argue, “he just had a small loan of a million dollars”, to try to mock your business ability. I would always retort, asking them if they could make a million if I gave them a thousand.

Most people, given a million dollars or more, are broke in a year’s time. Truthfully, very few people are good with money. Being good with money, however, does not make a person good with everything else. I tried to ignore your “grab them by the pussy” comment, calling it exactly what it was: immature locker room talk. When you admitted to infiltrating the locker rooms of contestants for Miss Teen USA, however, I had no argument to defend you with. There was nothing left.

Donald, you really had something. You could have been a boon to this nation. Instead, you’re just making Carter and Nixon look better, and making your former supporters feel destitute and disenfranchised. I doubt that you will make it a full term. If you do, and you do the remainder perfectly, people will not recognize it. You have sullied the Trump name to badly. If you run in 2020, please know that my vote will go to Dwayne Johnson. Even if he’s not running.

As for the rest of you out there, just because I’m no longer a Trump supporter, doesn’t mean that I would ever in my life be a Hillary supporter. I will also still attend rallies in my city, because I am still desperate to steal an Antifa flag, and to punch actual Nazis.

I am, however, hanging up my MAGA hat here.

If We Ever Get Home

Today we say goodbye to one of the most decent human beings that walked this earth. Gordon Downie was more than just a man. He spent every day fighting for what’s right, and managed to do it in a way that did not alienate or disturb others. He was not a brash, outspoken preacher. He was, instead, simply decent. He said his piece, and left it up to you to decide what you thought. He didn’t waste time on judgment. He didn’t waste his days complaining about what he couldn’t change. He showed himself to be a bright light in the darkness for others to follow.

The music that he made was a protest song, a love song, a driving song, and a hanging out on the front porch music all at once. The music, like the man, never forced it’s opinions upon you. The song Courage was essentially about suicide. It didn’t have to be interpreted that way, though. It was what you needed it to be. The same for the song leave.

The first song I heard by them was Bobcaygeon. I loved it from the moment I heard it. I waited, however, until I heard Poets before I actually bought the Phantom Power album. From start to finish, it was beautiful, and served as a soundtrack for a memorable portion of my life.

Gordon Downie will be truly missed, and it is unlikely that anyone will be able to fill his boots. Hopefully out of the millions of people born today, one of them managed to snatch up a bit of what he left behind.

A Literal Event.

Everything is an event these days. The news is always talking about some weather event, or active shooter event. Last I remember, an event was something that you went to, and knew what it was before hand. When we were kids, we used to get excited when we heard our parents talking about an event happening. 
People like to talk about how the meanings of words change over the course of years, or decades, or centuries. There has been much tutting and controversy over the word literally, and its use as a secondary form of the word figuratively, which is its opposite. I myself have found my chagrin in the misuse of this word, when the actual word is neither that far away, nor more difficult to use. I figuratively want to climb out of my skin when I hear it.

It’s funny, though. I’ve heard people say that the English language is the hardest language to learn, not only because of our past, present and future tenses of words, or the fact that our plurals don’t follow one uniform rule. Gooses and mooses are afraid of mouses. Don’t even get me started on sheeps.

Aside from that, there’s so much slang, and alternative uses of words. You might want to eat a crayfish, but not realize(realise?) that the fish isn’t cray. 

It’s a subject that could fill a book. My AutoCorrect attempted to say that it could fill a buck. That last statement alone is a little gross. Not gross in terms of quantity, gross in terms of unpleasantness.

I think I’m just going to end this one here, before I get myself in trouble. And, not the good kind.

I’m not with Kap, Part 2: Leave Your Baggage at Home.

Colin Kaepernick is reportedly hiring a lawyer and turning toward litigation as a way to try to get his job back with the NFL. In other words, America is being forced to watch a rich spoiled brat grandstand about and force a company to act against its own best interest.

I’m going to tell you a story. When I was a little bit younger and a lot more foolish, I was at work one night, and I and my colleagues were bored. We started trading jokes back-and-forth as any group of people with any amount of sense does. It all went downhill, however, when I decided to up the ante. I proceeded to jump up onto the desk of the officer in charge. Now, I didn’t hear anything about it after that, except that it was an occasionally funny anecdote shared between other officers.

One day, after saving up a lot of money, and having already enrolled in college, I decided to put in my two weeks. That was all well and good, and I thought that I was leaving on good terms. A few mishaps later, I found myself looking for a job again. Well, where did I have a good reputation? Where did I have a captain who would take me back in a heartbeat? So, I applied. Turns out that my little incident came back to haunt me.

Even though it had been years, my name was on a list of people that were not eligible for rehire. I have since matured quite a bit, thanks in part to that cold whiff of reality. The thing is, I don’t blame them. I had, unintentionally, made myself a liability. Someone who might make the company look bad in the future. I excepted this, like a rational adult, and moved on.

Colin Kaepernick’s recent bout of tantrums only goes to show how poor of an employee he truly was. The NFL isn’t ignoring him due to racism. They are not ignoring him due to any desire they have to see black people shot on the streets by cops. I would be willing to go out on a limb and even say that they are not ignoring him because he protested.

I will absolutely say that he is not rehireable due to the fact that he chose to act on his own agenda while on the clock at work. I say that because that’s what happens to any person who has a job with any company. If you work at Walmart as a cashier and choose to take a knee instead of helping a customer, you’re probably not going to get rehired.

But that’s normal folk, right?

Colin, being the rich spoiled brat that he is, gets to flout the rules, and be his own boss.

And, this is the crux of the problem, isn’t it? The rich have gotten away with so much for so long, that the millennial generation, having watched this for decades, now feels that they are equally as entitled.

Whether it be pulling your parents in for job interviews, or simply hiring a lawyer to try and sue your self back to work, it all comes down to spoiled brats feeling entitled and not willing to suffer the consequences of their own foolish actions.

Apparently, responsibility is a thing of the past.
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