Another PA Justice chooses to retire instead of facing the music, and the lessons learned are both immediate and prescient.
Why is another judge retiring?
Because he’s guilty of….
“….exchanges that included photos of naked women, sexually suggestive themes, gender and socio-economic stereotypes, and content that was anti-gay and made light of violence toward women.”
I think it’s very instructive when people in positions of power and authority no longer get away with such behavior.
This is, after all, the 21st century. They should be setting the example for what civility and reason mean and what they look like, not tearfully apologizing after the fact for their bad judgment.
Modern people living in a civil society should no longer be ok with anyone – but especially with people (yeah, ok, men) in positions of power – acting like pre-pubescent adolescent boys when it comes to women, minorities, the poor, and LGBTQ persons.
Call it political correctness if you want, but I’m reminded of an old saying which I’ll modify for our purposes here:
“There but for the grace of God go you.”
It’s only through the lens of white male privilege that one can look at circumstances like these going on in Harrisburg and then complain that it’s political correctness run amok.
In fact, it’s complaining about and railing against so-called political correctness that makes it possible – even acceptable and commendable in some quarters! – to vilify entire religions, races, and people who just don’t look, think, talk, and act like the rest of us.
Now I know that some will undoubtedly claim that they wouldn’t have hurt feelings if they were a woman, poor, a minority, or LGBTQ and being mocked and made fun of by others, but I challenge that notion, and here’s why.
Speaking as one, I think old, white, American men of the 21st century are just about the biggest crybabies to ever walk the planet. After all the privileges afforded to them solely by gender and race, they have the audacity to complain about such terrible infringements on them and their freedoms as political correctness, reverse discrimination, the threat posed by immigrants and atheists and all the non-Christian religions, plus those damned women who just can’t wait to have recreational abortions.
It’s all of the socialists and hippies and hipsters and their out-of-control amorality spewing forth for all of these people who don’t look, think, act, speak, and behave exactly like “the rest of America.”
The poor babies. They whine and wail and complain that they are under constant attack, and that it’s time they rallied together to “take their country back!”
Hence, Trump. Sorry. Drumpf.
Now, I’m not suggesting for one second that laws be passed to silence anyone or that anyone’s speech be censored. Let them speak, I say. It makes it easier for the rest of us to identify who is who.
But, do you know what I find hilarious in all of this?
As bad as some old white folks are, just wait until they’re no longer the majority. The tears will fill reservoirs, and droughts will be a distant memory, and that’s before anything of any consequence, real or imagined, actually happens.
I shudder to think about the chickens that will come home to roost in future Republican primaries if present-day conservatives and Republicans allow lunatics like Drumpf to be their new standard-bearer.
Then they really will have something to cry about.