Group Labeling and Other Ways of Dividing People
Before I get into this week’s column (and undoubtedly some more hot water), my wife has asked me to clarify a couple of things about LAST week’s column. For those of you who might have missed it, shame on you. You missed a good column. I did a rant on the fact that March 8 is International Women’s Day and the entire month of March is International Women’s History Month. But from the tone of my article, some readers may have gotten the impression that I hate women. This is not true. I do NOT hate women.
My column was taking issue with various socialistic/communistic organizations that exploit people for their own purposes by instituting group celebrations such as International Women’s Day. The Left is quite good at this sort of thing, and they have managed to make many groups feel victimized, women being one of them. I’m a firm believer in individual achievement, not group feel-good-ism.
I applaud the achievements of any individual, and couldn’t care less what “group” they are a part of. I do not, however, celebrate any group in its entirety simply because they happen to be of a certain group. If a women comes up with an important cure for a disease, then good for that woman! If that person happens to be a man, well, good for that man. White, black, yellow, or brown, I don’t care what color they are. I don’t care what sex they are or what their personal sex habits are. If a person does something magnificent in the arts or science or anything, it is the individual that has achieved it, not the group he or she belongs to.
As far as I’m concerned, things started getting lousier around here when people started to think of themselves as members of a particular group and stopped thinking of themselves as Americans. Once we were a nation united by a common culture, now we are a nation of tribes. It’s the War on Women, it’s the Gay Community versus the religious right, it’s the African Americans versus “the man,” it’s the Latinos versus the gringos, it’s the one-percenters versus the ninety-nine percenters, it’s all about groups working against other groups. Tribes warring with other tribes. We are a divided country today, divided by our groups; and politicians know how to work it for all its worth. They all do it to one degree or another, but President Obama is a master of it.
Pitting people who make against people who take is a really easy way to win elections. It’s called divide and conquer. Taxing the rich means penalizing the people who have succeeded. Once upon a time it was thought to be a noble thing if you worked hard and were able to succeed in your chosen occupation. It used to be something everyone strived for. Now the ones who have “made it” are looked on by the ones who haven’t made it as evil. You made a lot of money? Well then you’re a bad guy, you need to be punished. If you’re rich it only means one thing, you haven’t paid enough in taxes.
We’ve gotten to a point now that if you are not in favor of everything that a particular “group” wants, then that means only one thing – you undoubtedly hate everyone in that particular group. If you are not in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, then that means you hate Latinos. If you are not in favor of same sex marriage, that means you hate homosexuals and lesbians. If you are not in favor of celebrating International Women’s Day, that means you hate women.
So let me set the record straight once again. I’m not against women. I’m against International Women’s Day and International Women’s History Month. I’m also against Black History Month, Gay History Month, Mexican History Month, Dwarf History Month, and Unicorn History Month. But that doesn’t mean I have anything against individual gay Black dwarf unicorn women who speak Spanish. Some of my best friends are members of that group.