It’s not often I write an article addressing some random Internet meme that I’ve seen on social media (though it has happened). With that said, if there’s an exceptionally egregious one that I see being passed around much more than usual, that’s when I feel it needs to be addressed.
For instance, this meme which I’ve seen making the rounds among many conservatives, including several I know personally:
This is a classic case of people seeing something that sounds good in their minds — yet when you really think about what it says, it’s utter nonsense. It’s also geared at pandering to the natural human tendency to think of the “good ol’ days” as being much better than they actually were.
Seeing as this meme’s being shared all over the Internet, I wanted to take a few moments to address just how completely ridiculous it is.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Are we more progressive as a society when it comes to accepting homosexuality, transgender Americans, and the LGBT community? Of course we are. Sure, there’s still a long way to go, but society is much more open-minded today than it was even a few years ago.
The thing is, I’ve yet to have a single one of these anti-LGBT bigots explain to me how, exactly, equal rights for homosexuals or transgender Americans impacts their lives. If someone was born a woman but feels that they are really a man, how does that impact anyone else? I’m 36-years-old and I’ve yet to have a single instance in my life impacted by another person’s sexuality or sexual orientation. People who obsess about the private lives of strangers about whom they know nothing really need to get a life. Personally, I have more than enough going on in my own life to worry about rather than concerning myself with who someone loves, is sleeping with, or what gender they are.
And if the personal lives of strangers do have some sort of an impact on how you go about your day-to-day existence, then maybe it’s you who needs help — not them.
Now, maybe it’s just me, but the last time I checked, damn near every car on the road still ran on gasoline.
Going further, complaining about the rise in the number of electric vehicles on the road is sort of like someone complaining about cars replacing the horse and buggy, or modern ventilators replacing the iron lung. If electric car technology can almost fully replace traditional gas-powered combustion engines (500-600 mile range, power, quick recharge, plenty of recharge stations, reliability, cost), then why would anyone want to drive a car that ran on gasoline?
It’s called technological progress, knuckle-draggers, and it’s not a bad thing.
As far as being proud of America, last time I checked, most people were. I think the difference between progressives and conservatives when it comes to patriotism is that we’re confident in ours, whereas many on the right feel the need to shove it down everyone’s throats.
Furthermore, considering the vast majority of Trump supporters have said they would be fine with him staying in office even if it’s proven he colluded with Russia during last year’s election — with many continuing to defend him as he undermines the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies, said American values are no better than Russia’s, and has repeatedly mocked and belittled actual veterans — you really can’t claim to be a “proud American” or a “patriot” while supporting Donald Trump.
I don’t care what your political beliefs are, once you say you’re fine with a current “president,” a man who’s more willing to bash his own country than that of an enemy that attacked us, colluding with a foreign government to undermine our democracy, you lose any right to say you care about and respect American values.
As far as the Pledge of Allegiance goes, once again, I have no idea why anyone cares about this. Sure, when I was in school I recited it every morning, who cares? Considering it wasn’t written until long after this country was already founded (by a Christian socialist, no less), and the most recent version most people know isn’t even the same one that was originally written, why do people think this matters?
If your “patriotism” is so fragile and weak that you think saying the Pledge of Allegiance in public school matters, then you might want to work on strengthening your own devotion to your country. Personally, I’m a proud patriot and staunch defender of American values. I don’t need to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to prove my devotion to my country.
Though for anyone who still decides that they care about this issue, if you’re going to recite the pledge, you might want to learn the original version that didn’t contain the words “one nation, under God.”
As for the last part about people becoming more whiny, that’s rich coming from one of the whiniest memes floating around the Internet today.
I suppose that helps to prove the point, and I have to agree to a certain extent. In today’s society, people are much more whiny than they were in years past — on both the left and the right.
I’ll be the first to tell you that one of the things that drives me crazy is the overly-PC nature that’s taken over parts of the left. For me, whenever this topic is brought up, I always tell people to look at the context of what was said. If something is contextually offensive, then you have a right to be upset. If it’s not, let it go. We’re reaching a point with some on the left where they seem to think a human being should never be forced to see or hear anything that might be remotely controversial or offensive.
I get that there’s definitely a gray area there, but there are some who take being politically correct to extreme levels.
However, this isn’t only a problem on the left. Make no mistake about it, conservatives can be every bit as whiny when someone says or does something they find “offensive.” Just take a look at Trump and his supporters, the biggest bunch of “we’re the victim/everyone is out to get us” cry babies I’ve ever seen.
Hell, nearly every day Trump’s on Twitter whining about something, with his supporters echoing everything he says. According to that orange idiot, everything is always “working against him.” He never just fails, there’s always some conspiracy “out to get him.”
While progressives and conservatives couldn’t be more different on most things, make no mistake about it, both sides can throw a temper tantrum when someone they oppose says or does something with which they disagree.
So while this meme is very popular among conservatives right now, it doesn’t make any sense. This is a perfect example of the foundation of conservatism. It’s nothing more than a political ideology built upon empty talking points that sound good to those who never take the time to really sit there and think about what they’re saying.
That’s exactly how we ended up with a pathological-lying con man like Donald Trump as this country’s “president.”