Progressives today control what can be heard, seen or touched. Drip, by drip, by drip we are losing our freedoms to their progressive vision every day.
First, it was what can be heard.
Politically correct speech is defined by the left. Some are reasonable requirements; some not. Recently much was made of the Washington Redskins football team using “Redskins” to describe their mascot. The left filed a lawsuit requiring them to change their mascot name to something else since the left deemed it offensive to Native Americans. However, polls showed that Native Americans themselves did not mind the term. Thankfully the suit finally failed in court. But by then the damage had already been done as many weak high school administrators had already changed their mascot names to appease the word police.
The word “gay” early on was a pleasant one. Today it is a polarizing term of division by many. And when is the last time you heard the 'Q'-word used in any context? It has been totally eliminated from our language. Plus the word police have continued their campaign even further through the LGBT crowd, who now have thirty-one distinctions of sex although God created only two.
And it never seems to stop. Those of short stature can no longer be called midgets. They consider it a slur. They wish to be called “little people” or “dwarfs” - who can keep track of it all?
It goes without saying that each and every American of whatever color, creed, sexual orientation or anything else deserves to be treated with kindness and respect and each is not to be denigrated in any way. But why make it a word police state which daily creates divisions among all Americans. Each of us should all simply focus on the kindness and respect parts: how we treat people - not the words said. By the way, what happened to "sticks and stones, etc.?” And the First Amendment?
Second, the left is now controlling what we can see
. Statues which have been in place for a hundred years are demanded to be removed from campuses and public places because they might offend those that see them. (Why not just look the other way?) And the increasingly weak public officials and college presidents submit. Statues at my alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, with its liberal president Gregory Fenves, has removed statues which I walked past many years ago. And removed them in the middle of the night.
Finally, but not likely to be the last under attack, the left is now trying to control who and how we touch
and more. Many in social or business situations now must ask: “Can I hug that person?” - “or not”—even when the behavior would be normal when giving condolences. Improper judgment can risk a lawsuit. Remember the lacrosse lawsuits where many reputations were destroyed by one lying female with no witnesses. Note in these cases that the right to due process guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to our Constitution was ignored - particularly by weak-kneed college administrators who become both judge and jury. The newly created "Me Too" movement has piled on with organized attacks. It has gotten so bad that some teachers telling the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" to young children do not allow the prince to kiss her because it might be considered to be promoting sexual harassment.
But control by the left has not stopped with our primary senses. They now try to control space. Colleges create “safe spaces” where students can go in order to avoid being offended. And Governor Jerry Brown has made the entire state of California a safe space for illegal aliens and members of the vicious MS13 gang.
All is done to control Americans and divide them against each other. To make us weaker and more submissive every day. And to make those we offend 'victims.' And victims are voters...for Democrats.
All of this has affected our culture in many ways. There are some who now feel that we must avoid unpleasant sights at all costs...In driving through a subdivision I observed an enclosure built around a portable toilet, now required of builders apparently because the sight of a portable toilet would be offensive there. I found this amusing and absurd.
In small-town Texas and elsewhere in the 50s, I and many others grew up with an outhouse, as there was no running water and no money to drill a well. After our first one blew over, my father, a handyman carpenter, built one that sufficed until running water became available somewhat later on. Unused for over sixty years, today it is still the best outhouse in Bastrop County, Texas. And I still hate cold weather.