Perhaps the worst enemy of a free people and democracy
around the world is the evil dark force we all have come
to know as political correctness. The best way to
describe political correctness might be to compare it to
the Pharisees from Jesus day who took the Ten
Commandments and created tons of detailed rules and
regulations to accompany the Commandments until nobody
could keep all the commandments. The Pharisees had
gotten to the point that walking too far or lifting just
about anything was considered wrong if it was done on
the Sabbath day. Pretty much the same thing happened
during the very early days of the United States when
George Washington got into trouble riding his horse on
Sunday for important business. In some places back then,
even kissing your wife in public on Sunday could get you
put in stockades.
it is almost impossible to see America, or other
democratic countries, going to the extreme on religious
principles as to be at the same point as Pharisees so
many years ago, but instead of God being the excuse
given to go to extremes with public policy, political
correctness has taken over.
Recently in the UK, the Boomerang channel has agreed, on
the original complaint of only one person, to edit out
smoking scenes from Tom and Jerry cartoons. Popeye
better watch out; he's probably next. At one point
Cartoon Network had practically banned Speedy Gonzales
cartoons because he might be offensive to those of
Mexican origin, even though in Latin countries, Speedy
was one of the most popular cartoon characters.
this type of mentality, you can see how our hands are
tied when it comes to security. We know that terrorism
is originating primarily from Middle Eastern countries,
so in order to not offend those of Middle Eastern
origin, shakedowns at airports have gone as far as to
examine 12 year old girls, and even Al Gore was patted
down once in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism
or racial profiling.
get me wrong, I don't want my kid to smoke, or everyone
who looks like they are from the Middle East to be put
in jail or harassed, but a little common sense would go
a long way. Editing classic cartoons is just stupid, and
whether or not Al Gore is your favorite politician, I
really don't think he's going to carry a bomb onto a
plane, do you?
classic TV shows like F-Troop, which was recently been
released on DVD. It is as family friendly as you can
get, but it has been almost nonexistent on TV stations.
Even TVLand has only shown a couple of episodes here and
there in the last few years. Could it be because
American Indians are shown to have a sense of humor? I
don't know about you, but just how interesting would
comedy be if only white Americans were allowed to
participate in order to avoid any possible offense to a
minority? Having watched the F-Troop episodes on DVD
myself, I can only say that it's great fun. Everybody
falls, everybody does stupid things, be they Indian or
Calvary. It's comedy. Comedy isn't supposed to be
Bewitched be next? It might be offensive to those who
claim to be witches. It's amazing the Dukes of Hazzard
has been able to beat the political correctness net with
their confederate flag. Even that ruthless Granny on the
Beverly Hillbillies was radical enough to carry a
confederate flag in defiance of her uppity neighbor Mrs.
Drysdale. Will those scenes have to be edited out? For
years censors have tried to keep Bugs Bunny and the gang
from shoving anvils and rocks onto the heads of their
fellow cartoon characters. Remember how boring some of
the cartoons got in the 1970's when nobody could hit
anybody? How much better would the Superfriends been if
Superman could have actually punched Lex Luthor instead
of talking him to death?
is too short to be taken too seriously. Perhaps
political correctness does just the opposite of its
intent. After all, I think we can all get along a lot
better if we learn to laugh at one another just a
little. It's hard to hate someone that makes you smile.
So let's watch the F-Troop, Speedy Gonzales, & even
Popeye and laugh again. Just tell your kids not too
smoke after the show.