"Offend" has become the most overused word in the English language. We can't display nativity sets at Christmas anymore or even say "Merry Christmas" because it might offend someone. We are castigated for displaying the American flag because it might be offensive to Muslims. And we are threatened with social ostracism if we utter such "offensive" words as "terrorist" or "illegal" immigrant or "nigger" – even though the last enjoys wide currency within the black community.
I decided a couple of days ago that, with so many people being offended today, maybe there's something to this offended shtick. So I thought maybe I'd give it a try. And after I'd thought about it a bit, I discovered that there are a few things that really do offend me.
I am offended by people who are offended by crosses in cemeteries. If you are that insensitive to the feelings of others, there's really no place for you in a free republican society. I would suggest you move to a Muslim country, where you will be decapitated for being an atheist and will no longer offend me.
I am offended by queers who get in my face and loudly insist that I certify their perversion as "normal." Please note that I am emphatically NOT offended by queers – only by their invasion of my right to be truly normal. I don't really care what they do, but I don't want them to tell me about it and I don't want them to involve me in it in any way.
I am offended by the Political Corruption (PC) of my language in an effort to confuse and limit my thinking. I would suggest that all you would-be verbal engineers burn your copies of Brave New World and Rules For Radicals and buy a couple of copies of Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. And read them. In the immortal words of Bill O'Reilly, "You might learn something."
I am offended by propaganda parakeets whose conversational expertise does not extend beyond the thoughtless recitation of the current Democrat talking points as presented on CNN. I'm offended by their frustrating immunity to rational and common sense arguments. I'm offended that the presentation of facts and logic is met with haughty disdain and mindless reiteration of the delusions I have just refuted. And what really offends me is that these people are allowed to vote.
I am offended by people who work for me and are ripping me off, like members of Congress whom I pay an annual salary of $174,000 for 160 days work. Or like a President whom I pay $400,000 a year and who can't be bothered to take enough time off from the golf course to attend daily intelligence briefings. This is a President who, we now know, skipped 5 consecutive daily intelligence briefings – on the five days immediately preceding the September 11 attacks on the US facility in Behghazi that cost the lives of four Americans.
Yeah, I'm offended, but I'm defensively offended. I'm not offended by nebulous and inconsequential politismoke like Washington Redskins. I'm offended by the theft of my freedom and the embezzlement of my money. I'm offended by people who think they have the right to make my business their business. And I'm offended by people who don't do what they say they're going to do. And I think it's about time a whole lot more of us got offended.