Every day something happens that irritates each of us. The guy in the other car cuts us off, somebody cuts in line, somebody runs the traffic light and when these things happen, and especially when the person who does the wrong seemingly gets away with the act, we are offended. Foul language offends us, as well as other actions or utterances in life. My father used to tell my brother and me, “Get over it.” All of my friends heard the same words we did.
Now it seems as if many people feel they should never be offended by anyone, anywhere, at anytime. They need to get over it.
Imagine living on an island in a community of 320 people. Those folks live under a set of rules that over the many years have been accepted by a vast majority of folks and then people start to complain that something offends them. They don’t look to debate the issues but threaten court and legal expenses. Let’s examine what can happen in that wonderful community.
The population of 320 like the ways that the restrooms are separated between men and women. For many decades this has worked well, until nine people tell the other 311 folks to change the way everyone else has lived because they want the entire community to adjust to their different behavior and identification. The 311 are also expected to bear the expense of the demanded changes.
Imagine in that community of 320 folks that 272 identify as having a religious affiliation or identify as being religious. In the community of 320 there are three who believe that there isn’t a Supreme Being yet it is those three folks who seem to be offended the 272 want to praise their Supreme Being, whom the three claim doesn’t even exist. If there isn’t a Supreme Being then the three would certainly feel the 272 are wasting their breath and time praying to a non-existent Being, and still those three want no public displays about anything related to that alleged non-existent Being.
Suppose we were to hear that 48% of our 320 people want stricter gun laws and they threaten legal action. The 167 folks who like gun ownership are threatened constantly by the 153 who disagree with them. Whatever happened to the concept of “Majority Rules?”
According to Associated Press polls, the same arguments can be made about causes dealing with same-sex marriage, death penalty, late-term abortion, and yet folks through the American Civil Liberties Union threaten the 320 folks in the wonderful community. Judges toss election results and the majority population are told to get over it.
Let’s suppose that 59% of the 320 folks want strict immigration policies enforced, meaning 189 people are concerned with border security. The 131 call those folks bigots and racists and threaten legal action.
PETA just forced, through legal threats, court actions and a public relations campaign of misinformation, have convinced the circuses to eliminate elephants, and Sea World to stop breeding orcas. PETA is offended by animals not being treated as if they are humans with rights.
PETA is reportedly considering going after individual homeowners who desire to keep and maintain domesticated animals by outlawing household pets in the future. Don’t scoff as Sea World did 30 years ago.
By the way, PETA represents slightly fewer than 1% of the American population. Our 320 person community would have three members of PETA telling the other 317 that Fido has to go because they are offended we like our household pets.
My examples could go on and on but I hope you see that since the population of the United States is 320 million, and each of the percentage matches the current trends in the United States, those whiners who want to regulate every aspect of our lives with their “progressive thinking” are really much smaller in number than the majority. They use or abuse the courts to force their minority-supported desires upon all the rest of us because in their arrogance they not only think they know better; they are convinced that they do know better.
Our general population desires that gender specific restrooms be available, God isn’t banned from the public areas, we enjoy our ownership of guns, and we really don’t believe that animals share the same civil rights as a human being. Just get over being offended by the desires and beliefs of the majority of folks.
I don’t have an argument with people campaigning or debating for a change in the laws. That is how a society changes and evolves. What I despise are the threats of lawsuits, and overturning election results when the minority population of the do-gooders finds the results offensive.
So please, “Get over it.”