Be Offended

Be Offended

I’ve never been offended in my life. Ever. I know its hard to believe, especially in this current culture, where everyone needs to be offended by everything. I’ve been called some of the worst things that can be spoken to someone, and yet, never offended. I have friends who disagree with me 100% of the time on most topics. However, somehow, we remain friends. Because we can respect each others opinions, and find common ground in the things we know each other for

I played golf with a group last week, and had a similar discussion. He was a friend of a friend, who embraces the hipster mentality. Which is fine. Not my thing, but it seems to work for him. We were talking about how easily people are offended. I asked him what the last thing he was offended about. Of all things, it was a bumper sticker.

I looked at him, and told him I’ve never been offended. This shocked him. He couldn’t understand why. The argument to not be offended is simple. Why let someone get to you so easily? What do they have that is so great, that you need their acceptance? He said, ‘That’s a great way to look at life. I think I’m going to take that to heart. What a great way to live.’

As the day wore on, and we played awful golf, we talked and joked about this and that. After our round, we went for drinks and lunch. The conversation went to politics, hunting, guns, and any number of things.

I’ve been called faggot, retard, crazy, gay…mostly anything you can think of, I’ve been called it. Again, never being offended.

In the conversation, pertaining to politics in this instance, his beliefs and thoughts he had made it clear to what he was. Very on point, spewing things that he has read. Very well I might add. All the points that would sway a suggestible mind.

So, of course, being who I am, I called him out. ‘So, you’re a socialist.’

I’ve never seen someone go from 0-100 so quickly. He assured me that he wasn’t, and told me he took personal offense to it.

‘How can that be? We talked earlier about you not taking offense to anything anymore, because what you value should have no bearing on what I think about it.’

He was so upset by what I had said, he couldn’t speak. Of course I was right, and he knew it. But that’s not the point.

The point is, there is no reason, at all, to be offended by what others say to you. Nothing you see should offend you. Harambe has been banned by colleges, for being ‘rape culture’. Sombrero’s are no longer allowed for Cinco de Mayo. Christmas nativity scenes are offensive to see in public. Men acting like men is egregious.  Why?!

Because we now live in a culture of ME. Forget everything else, my emotions need to be addressed now. You are a poison, and I don’t like it. I need to speak to a counselor, because you hurt my feelings. I was offended by you stating your opinion.

Read this part closely. Your feelings don’t matter to anyone else, nor should they. What you are complaining about today, will not affect your tomorrow. The world doesn’t agree with you. You are not a special little snowflake. You are insignificant to anyone more than 5 feet from you. You being offended isn’t changing anything. No one cares. Get over yourself.

“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” –Tyler Durden

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This President

I’ve always thought that if I’m going to write, I’ll do it with a mostly positive outlook, and have a lot of generalities in it. However, I’m a little upset this morning, about this country’s president, Barrack Obama.

I am becoming enraged at the violence that is happening in Ferguson, MO. I am incensed about the violence that is happening in Iraq and Syria by the hands of ISIS. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the IRS is able to target conservatives. I am upset about the flood of illegals coming across our southern border.

I sit behind my desk everyday, read articles about all of these things, and ask, ‘why is our government not as concerned as I am?’

Case in point. With all of these atrocities going on around the world, and the scandals that are happening in this country, why is the president still on vacation?

The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, has cut his vacation short. Not only because an American journalist was brutally beheaded by this sadistic terrorist group, but also because the animal in the video, who cut the journalists head off, had a British accent, and he is doing what he can to figure it out.

I understand that the Prime Minister can’t do much in this situation. He is not a voice expert. It wasn’t a British citizen that was killed. However, the optics of him being away when one of his citizens, potentially, is at the center of a terrorist video, are awful.

So why is it, that the President of the United States can’t care enough of his own people to at least make a show of the fact that he cares?

The situation that is happening in Ferguson, MO features thugs, opportunists, and anarchists, looting, killing and generally making a mockery of the system. While people are dying in the streets, riots taking place, the President is at a Jazz concert, or dancing the night away.

Instead of dealing with the situation, and asking the people there to calm down, and wait for the facts, he’s out on the golf course.

George W. Bush gave up golfing while president after the World Trade Center attacks. He believed that it wouldn’t look good, if he were out on the golf course, while his military was out fighting and dying for this country.

How come this president doesn’t care enough to do that?

There are now 80,000 fighters for the terrorist group ISIS. 30,000 in Iraq, and 50,000 in Syria. This President has called them a JV team. How does he not realize that this group is looking to take over everything in the Middle East? Their goal is to eliminate Israel, and the USA.

Which brings me to another point, and furthers the case for this President’s ineptness. It was just announced, that we are going to send arms to Turkey. Turkey has ties with Hamas, who’s goal is also the destruction of Israel.

Israel is our only ally in the region, and a strong democratic country. Tough people, who have survived tough times as long as they’ve been in existence. However, one of the reasons that they are as tough as they are, besides their resolve, is the USA. We have supplemented their military with arms in the past. In my opinion, as they are our ally in the region, we should continue.

That doesn’t matter to this President, though. With the war between Hamas and Israel waging, an anti Semitic wave is taking over. This president seems to have been caught up in it, as he’s stopped all shipments to Israel. Since when do we not support those who support us? Since when do we support anti Semitic countries, and those who want to see us cease our existence?

I’ve reached my tipping point with this President. Too many issues have gone unchecked, un-cared for, and to many scandals not looked in to.

When did being President turn into a part time job? This President needs to take some accountability, take the time to take his job seriously.

Thank God we only have 2 years left. It can’t come quick enough.

UPDATE:

Obama leaves his remarks on Foley beheading, and (BIG SURPRISE!) goes straight to the golf course.  http://weaselzippers.us/197126-obama-goes-straight-to-the-golf-course-after-foley-beheading-statement/

Sources: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/state-dept-defends-arms-sales-to-turkey-despite-hamas-ties/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/islamic-state-50000-fighters-syria-2014819184258421392.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/islamic-state-50000-fighters-syria-2014819184258421392.html