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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

If I Called 911 Every Time Somebody's Stupid Behavior Offended Me I'd Never Get Off the Phone

Last weekend a guy was shopping at a flea market in Wallingford, CT when he came across a vendor selling Nazi memorabilia and Confederate flags. Shocked to the point of upchucking, he did the only rational thing to do in America today - he called the police. Via 911. Because to this gentle flower, his offendedness was indeed an emergency.

I have excerpted the story from the Wallingford Record Journal so we can take a closer look at this American tragedy.
An officer responded to the Redwood Flea Market on South Turnpike Road Sunday to investigate the report and found Nazi and Confederate memorabilia for sale. He told the complainant, who is Jewish, there was nothing police could do because the merchandise was on private property. 
The police officer was partially correct, as of today there is no law against selling historical artifacts, whether they may be offensive to some or not.
“There was a table set up with this material,” Wallingford Police Chief William Wright said. “It’s not criminally illegal, but obviously it offended this person. It causes some people a sense of being uncomfortable. Certainly the owner could preclude this merchandise.”
Certainly the Chief of Police should realize that every single human being on the planet does not have to succumb to one person's offense. When do we stop outlawing things that offend some of us?
“I was shaking and almost vomiting,” he said. “I had to run. My grandmother had numbers,” [the offended guy who needed police intervention for his outrage] said, referring to the Nazi system of tattooing numbers on prisoners.
Let's assume his grandmother was just a young girl when she was held captive by the Nazis as late as 1945. That would put the offended anywhere between 55 and 35 years old, give or take. So my question is, how did this gentle flower get so far in life having never been confronted by symbols of hate and depravity? There is no doubt in any sane person's mind that there is nothing even remotely palatable about Nazi Germany, but I can't take anyone seriously who can't deal with the reality of history. In fact, that person is as dangerous as a Nazi because his fragility and need for government protection opens us all up to the very same censorship and fascism that he so very much claims to despise.

Many nattering nabobs of nincompoopery have been nattering on about the Confederate flag as of late, and in fact they have succeeded in making a flag completely responsible for the heinous act of a depraved fool in Charleston, SC. The flag is gone, but the root cause of Dylan Root's insanity has been allowed to escape unexamined. This is how we do things in America today: Forget the root cause, go for the easy fix.
“It’s not the first time I’ve heard of this,” said Joshua Sayles, assistant [to the] regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Connecticut. “It’s unfortunate that under the law people have the right to sell these things; but it doesn’t mean they should sell these things. It’s not a crime but I would call it hate. People look at the situation in Charleston and say it’s down in the South. But this stuff is here in Connecticut.”
Mr. Sayles is a bit of a moron, but he is a sincere moron. He doesn't think you should be allowed to do something that offends someone else. Who exactly the hell is Joshua Sayles to
You can't legislate the hearts of people, but you can be strong enough as an
individual to reject the hate in their hearts without succumbing to
more government control.
pass judgment on anything anybody does that does not cause physical harm to anyone? Personally, I think it's unfortunate that people like Mr. Sayles are allowed to gum up society with their inability to not stick their noses in other people's business.

Not one of you was dyspeptic about the Confederate flag until you were told it was the root cause of racist evil in the world. If Mr. Sayles' solution is to ban the sale of things that people find offensive, he should think long and hard about what happens when he offends someone.

I have no intention whatsoever of making light of the anonymous and offended 911 caller's spiritual pain at the memory of his family's encounter with Nazism.

I have no intention whatsoever of making light of the pain the Confederate flag legitimately causes people who have suffered the barbs and stings of racism. On a personal note, if the Confederate flag, which means something to me that has nothing to do with racism, offends someone because of racism, then my respect and love for people supersedes my desire to be a long-haired Southern rock "rebel," so I reject the flag out of that respect. But we all need to remember that the Confederate flag began flying over the Statehouse in South Carolina as a Democrat party repudiation of the movement toward Civil Rights for blacks in America.

We need to get a grip. A Jewish man who instantly, and mindlessly, insists that the government and its police need to act simply because he has suffered psychic pain and is offended by something, needs to think long and hard about the political fervor stirred up by the National Socialists (Nazis) in Germany in the 1920s.

If he is using his brain he may just come to the conclusion that having the government intercede in every aspect of his life, including whether or not he is offended by someone else's property, is the very same mindset that gave the National Socialists (Nazis) their power.

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