Saturday, July 11, 2015
OFFENDED by the OFFENDED
I’m a straight white male born of east European ancestry, a taxpaying American citizen now retired after gainful employment for 40 years with no handicaps or religious affiliation. I have no standing to be offended.
But I am. I’m offended by people constantly being offended. Seems that every conceivable minority group who is “offended” gets just what they are looking for: attention from news media and politicians. News organizations cash in with stories while politicians wave their wet fingers in the air to cash in voting blocs.
I don’t care if Donald Trump ever becomes president, but I will defend his right to freely express viewpoints as a public figure just as I would Sen. Bernie Sanders who openly espouses his politics as socialist. “Socialism” was once a dirty word in American politics, as was “communism,” and for good reason. No more.
Times have changed. Socialists are often applauded today in liberal circles, but anyone who exclaims being offended over illegal aliens committing crimes in our country is branded a “racist.” Donald Trump became an overnight threat to his opposition within Democratic and Republican circles when he quickly rose to No. 2 in the polls. When making general statements about the flow of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, everyone — including his enemies — knew exactly that his message concerned out-of-control illegal immigrants committing violent crimes in America. That’s telling the truth, nothing else. Plenty of statistical data supports that assertion. But in today’s America, criminal supporters get offended while the truth tellers are rebuked.
Thousands of horror stories exist to support Trump’s assertion, like illegal alien Francisco Sanchez, recently arrested for randomly shooting and killing an innocent woman in San Francisco. Sanchez had seven felonies on record, plus five deportations, all of which achieved nada for law-abiding citizens. Statistics are alarming. According to the FBI:
•83 and 86 percent of warrants for murder in Phoenix and Albuquerque are for illegals, respectively
•75 percent on the Most Wanted lists in these cities, and L.A., are illegal aliens.
•Illegals account for 25 percent of the federal prison population, plus 48.2 percent in New Mexico.
•630,000 illegal alien felons fill state and federal prisons daily, costing $1.6 billion annually
•Per Huffington Post, 80 percent of women coming across the border are raped in the process.
As the saying goes, never pass up a good crisis. This crisis has been manufactured against Mr. Trump, much like black conservative Herman Cain experienced in 2008 when he rose near the top in the polls. A pair of females suddenly emerged to “expose” Mr. Cain as a notorious flirt/sexist. Score one for the offended.
Now, the Hispanic anti-conservative sector has flexed its offended muscles, because being offended has rewards. Being offended is in vogue, particularly for gays and lesbians, illegal aliens, Muslims, blacks, Asians, women, Native Americans and others. Purveyors have even formed an agenda against a professional football team for a nickname it’s had for 80 years.
It’s impossible for Anglo white males to be offended — they have no political niche. Evangelical Christians are mostly conservative, so when they’re offended, who will listen? Then there are Jews. More than 60 percent of religion-based hate crimes are directed toward Jews, while 13.7 percent target Muslims (FBI; 2013). Yet, we hear little blustering about “offensiveness” from the Jewish community, but offending Muslims draws headlines.
While politicians mutter the same old mantra about needing immigration reform, Trump came out more forceful than others. Fact: All the blah blah from both sides of the aisle about immigration for the past 20 years has accomplished zero. So, maybe Trump’s approach should be commended, not condemned.
The wall is still unfinished, the border remains porous, border officers are hamstrung, illegals find open arms in sanctuary cities and a good percentage of them commit crimes. The president’s executive orders allowing de facto amnesty to illegals has exacerbated, rather than improved, an on-going criminal dilemma.
All of that offends me. But…who am I?