of⋅fend–verb (used with object)
|1.||to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.|
|2.||to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.|
|3.||to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).|
|4.||to hurt or cause pain to.|
|5.||(in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.|
(source-Dictionary.com). The United States Constitution has this pesky little area called The Bill of Rights. Interestingly, during the Constitutional convention, many argued against drafting any of the first 10 amendments. The thought was that if we actually delineate our rights, then we will limit ourselves to those rights and those alone. They argued that we should have rights unlimited except by penal codes based on moral authority based on the 10 Commandments. Ultimately, the argument won that we should have a list of rights so that those rights will be most definitely protected.
I have searched the Constitution and attempted to find this new right that has prevailed in our society for at least the last decade if not longer–The Right To Not Be Offended. I just cannot find that dad gum right.
Yesterday, Dallas local news ran a story about Debbie McLucas (one of my new heroes). Ms. McLucas brought an American Flag to work at the Kindred Hospital in Mansfield in celebration of Memorial Day. Ms. McLucas’ husband and two sons have served in our Armed Forces and her daughter is currently in Iraq.
To her shock and awe, her boss told her he was offended by the Flag and that she had to take it down! Now, her boss is from Africa and was not born here. So you can understand his feeling like his rights are being trampled on when he lives in America and has to stare at that hideous flag. You can’t?
Well this makes sense doesn’t it? I mean after all, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Eichman that burning the American Flag -is considered “symbolic speech” and is protected by the First Amendment. So doesn’t it follow that simply hanging the Flag up in your office area at work would be offensive? It doesn’t?
Well, I’m offended that you don’t get it so you should simply be removed from Internet access all together–your mere presence here is offensive to me.
Well, as long as we in society are going to allow rules at work and home and in public to be dictate by what offends each of us, I have a list of things that offend me and I would like them immediately removed from society. If not, then I will be REALLY offended and may even have to file a lawsuit in Federal Court in some liberal place like Minnesota or Maine.
Here is my list:
1. Physically Fit Men
I don’t look like this–and their mere presence in society is offensive–I want them fully clothed and off the beach-NOW!
2. Democrat Congressmen..er… Congresspeople
They are elitist, they are voting in the most Socialistic agenda in our Nation’s history and I’m offended–deeply offended so they should all immediately resign.
If I go to one more wedding and hear this song I may actually go postal and wipe out the entire reception. After hearing this song for 29 years, I have come to loathe it like beets. And now, when I hear it, I’m simply offended–so I want every copy of it erased starting with this hideous video.
Offensive, simply and plainly offensive–offensive color, shape, smell and especially taste. I would like to see the complete eradication of all beets from our planet.
5. Pro-Choice Rallies
and if that is not bad enough…
I think that speaks for itself.
6. The View
Everyone pictured here is offensive. Especially Joy-whose name is irony defined. I’m mostly offended that four women can get paid gobs of money to sit around and talk about their personal views and gossip. That is a job? I’m offended–and I want it gone.
There’s more, but I really need to get to work–hey, you know what, having to work for money is offensive too. I shouldn’t have to do that. I think the Government ought to help me out–maybe it could take your tax dollars and give them to me–now that wouldn’t be offensive at all.