CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 6, 2018 – Back in 1949, novelist George Orwell might have missed the date a bit when he published his futuristic and sadly prophetic novel “1984.” But he didn’t miss it by much. Even today, Big Brother remains an integral part of our daily vocabulary. In 2018, we still catch unpleasant glimpses of him nearly every day due in large part to the unhinged left’s constant imposition of “political correctness” (PC). It’s an out-of-control version of Orwell’s government-controlled “Newspeak.”
True, Orwell didn’t coin the term “political correctness.” But much of what he wrote about – particularly the mind-control effects of “Newspeak” – described political correctness precisely. Now, as our new century heads toward its third decade, we find that political correctness has run amok.
Sometimes the mindlessness and relentlessness of political correctness become so absurd that it defies in the extreme any semblance of common sense.
Giving of oneself, for one’s country
Recently, a lifelong blood donor went to his church to make his regular contribution of blood to the Red Cross. The man’s son is a decorated colonel in the United States Army who is currently attending the War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania after serving three tours duty in the Middle East.
The donor is himself a retired Marine from the Vietnam era, and his family has long felt strong allegiance to the men and women in uniform who proudly serve and protect America each and every day.
As the man stepped to the table to provide the information necessary to donate blood, the woman behind the desk asked a question he had never been asked before.
“Will you be donating today as a man or a woman?” she asked without hesitation.
The senior donor was so completely taken off guard by the query that he was momentarily unable to respond.
Granted, it is common when filling out information forms of any kind to respond by checking a box that asks “Male or Female.” But this was different. This question should never have even been necessary in the first place.
Yet the notion behind it was more revealing was the manner in which it was asked.
A question like this should not have even been part of the blood donation process
Nor should it be positioned as addressing a legitimate piece of information. Someone donating blood is doing so as a courtesy to those who will need it in the future. Sexual orientation has nothing to do whatsoever with this gift of life.
After regaining his composure, the elderly man gazed at the woman sternly and asked, “What do you think?”
Later that day, the man’s sister-in-law stopped by to make a similar commitment and, in the process, she was asked the same question.
According to Red Cross policies, “Employees and volunteers are trained to be sensitive to the needs of all potential blood donors.” In addition, “FDA recommends that male and female gender be taken to be self-identified and self-reported.”
If, as in the case of determining an actual blood type, gender might be a legitimate question to ask. However, in this instance, it was not “sensitive” in any way to demean individuals by asking how they “wish to be identified.”
The manner in which the question was posed was highly offensive and inappropriate.
Self-reporting and self-identification are one thing. Statistical data for future reports is equally legitimate. But asking, “How do you wish to be identified” is purely and simply politically correct acquiescence to the “sensitivities” of the LGBT community.
In other words, it’s another example of political correctness that’s gotten completely out of control and weaponized as a means of speech and thought control.
Your rights end when they trounce on mine
People with sexual preferences other than traditional male/female identities have every right to live their lives as they choose. But denying the same rights to one group simply to appease another group is every bit as wrong.
How often have you stopped at a traffic light and been inconvenienced by the car next to you playing music so loud that the bass tones actually rock your car? Certainly, the driver playing the music has a right to listen to whatever he or she likes. But the other driver does not have the right to infringe on your privacy at the same time.
The event at the blood drive was no different from this situation, purely because the act of donating blood, other than for statistical purposes, has no relevance to gender.
We must ask ourselves: Whatever happened to logic and common sense?
We have become far too intrusive as it is, just as Mr. Orwell so profoundly predicted in “1984.”
In a world filled with technological advances that have in many ways made our lives easier, we find ourselves gradually yielding our individuality to forces that have no concern for our personal welfare other than the advancement of their own power, influence and wealth.
The political correctness they are imposing on the majority is simply another way to gain control of our speech, our customs, and our daily lives.
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About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.