Look at us, the grand United States of America, the greatest nation on the face of the Earth! We are wimps, pussies, punks! We check our words and walk on egg shells. We cower in fear. We are the subjects of acts of terror. We sit with our hands in our laps as men hold razor knives to the throats of a female flight attendant – no – Stewardess – I said it – IT FEELS GREAT !!!
I served on a technical advisory committee in Virginia. There was a difficult effort to find consensus. In the discussion I made a statement; “You people need to consider – is the potential loss of one life sufficient to trigger a high-hazard classification for the dam?”
Oh, My God! I did it! I called those people (dam owners, in this case) “you people” The discussion shifted from saving lives of those who occupied the inundation zones of dams, to asking me to apologize to the man. “I called them you people. They are people. There will be no apology” The monitor countered “Mr. Cahill didn’t mean to be offensive when he called you “you people”.
He was horrible offended. He voiced his concern that he probably could not work with me. He stood up and threatened to leave. It must have been a horrible day for him having been told that he was “people”.
Where does it end? Will we continue to attempt to legislate the difference between someone saying to a colleague “Hey, Nice dress.” or the dreaded and damaging “”Hey, Nice dress.” Are we going to regulate words – calling them by the “A” word or the “B” word like a bevy of grade school teachers!
If a feigned insult stops the conversation and requires the subrogation of the offender, then what shall our conversations become. Calling names and voicing our colorful insults is the very foundation of our country. I am quite certain that when Thomas Jefferson left the room, Ben Franklin looked to the guy beside him and said “I wonder if that jerk will ever get that stick out of his ass”.
Now we come to this – Donald Trump, too big to ignore, too strong to crush, crashing through our well appointed little china shop, his horns sweeping the glass shelves of the Swarovski Chrystal. He is the proverbial bull. Our nation has become a fragile little china shop.
“Donald Trump’s feud with Megyn Kelly escalated Friday night when he said the Fox News host had “blood coming out of her wherever” at this week’s Republican debate, resulting in swift condemnation from conservatives and a major political event pulling its invitation to him.”
Kelly’s line of questioning, which supposed a myriad of inappropriate statements devoid of background nor the opportunity to frame, was actually more of a damning statement. Trump tried to contain himself to humor, but his ire peaked through.
Perhaps Mr. Trump will find a better way to respond to these kind of attacks, in the mean time, perhaps some of us should take a midol and get some rest!