Pet Peeves of an Older American White Heterosexual Male
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An American Older White Heterosexual Male
I am a Caucasian male who was born in 1944. Since I have been married most of my life to females, you can't help but call me an older white heterosexual male.
Frankly speaking, I am proud to be an older white heterosexual male. Since the founding of the United States in 1776, white heterosexual males spearheaded the western expansion of America and were chiefly responsible for its military and economic progress.
As rugged individualists in the 1800s, white heterosexual males were also responsible for helping the United States acquire and settle Alaska, Hawaii, South Pacific islands, and the Philippines outside of the continental U.S.
During my lifetime beginning in the 1970s, however, there has been a backlash by leftist liberal elements to demonize and denigrate all of the white heterosexual male accomplishments. These leftist liberal elements are made up of radical feminists, activist racial minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists, and socialists with a communist bent.
In this hub, I lay out eleven pet peeves which have annoyed me for some time.
1. Political Correctness
Political correctness may be thought of as language, policies, or measures which don't want to offend or disadvantage any certain group of people in society. In essence, it is upholding a social taboo against language and attitudes that one could call bigoted. For example, when Donald Trump calls some women fat and homely, he is considered being bigoted. Because the President of the United States doesn't want to offend Muslims, he will not say that ISIS has engaged in genocide. I hated political correctness when I was teaching in Thailand. Instead of writing that a student was failing in his coursework, I had to say that he so she needed improvement. Political correctness has definitely gone too far in dictating what we can say and not say.
2. Affirmative Action
Affirmative action which was advocated as early as the 1960s is the policy of favoring disadvantaged groups such as women, racial minorities, and the handicapped who are now or have been the victims of discrimination within a culture. As an older white man in his fifties and sixties, affirmative action in the form of reverse discrimination affected me greatly when I worked for the federal government. Although I consistently received excellent work performances, I wasn't promoted from GS-13 to GS-14 during the last twenty years of federal service! Many women, members of racial minorities, and handicapped people were promoted over me during that period.
3. Rewriting of History
I am very upset that history books have been rewritten to marginalize the achievements of white heterosexual males and promote a politically correct liberal socialist and communist agenda which declares war on any conservative white heterosexual male thought.
4. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Lifestyle Demands
When growing up in the 1950s, there was no public discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles because this topic was taboo. In 2015, however, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages and has also given equal rights to the LGBT. Just the same, I view same-sex marriage as immoral and also cannot condone any law which states that the transgender and bisexual can use any public restroom of the gender they choose.
5. Women Who Value Ambition and Career More than Family Life
I am not opposed to a woman working to help a husband support a family. I draw the line, however, when women view their job or career as more important than marriage or family life. If women took more responsibility in taking care of their families, there would be fewer problems in society.
6. Illegal Immigration
I think it is appalling that the United States has eleven million illegal immigrants. When my ex-wife immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s, it took her five years to get legal immigration citizenship.
7. Disrespect for Police and Law and Order
General disrespect for police and law and order started in the 1960s with the anti-war and civil rights movement protests. It has been especially bad since 2000 with numerous mass shootings and criticism and dislike for police officers who work mostly in big cities.
Since the 1960s, there has been a gradual loss of moral values in society which has accelerated in recent years. With the breakdown of the family, there has been an increase in crime and drug use. A liberal media has also contributed negative role models like Justine Beiber, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna who are setting bad examples for youth with sexually suggestive songs; dances like twerking; and advocating violence and disrespect for women in rap songs.
9. Predominantly Liberal Politically Correct Media
I am sick and tired of being exposed to a media which is very unfair in the reporting of the news. Anyone who doesn't toe the line on liberal and politically correct dogma is called a bigot, racist, and a fascist. After watching the media's coverage of Donald Trump and his political rallies, is it any wonder that Trump has a dislike for the media?
10. Pro-Choice Advocates
All lives matter and life begins with conception in the womb. Anyone who is a pro-choice advocate is killing life through abortion under the guise of playing God as to who lives and who dies.
11. White Heterosexual Males are Privileged
As a white heterosexual male, I don't consider myself having had special rights and advantages during my life. If I had been privileged, why was I denied admission to medical school? Why was I drafted into the Army in 1966 before I enlisted in the Navy? Finally, why was I denied a job promotion during the last twenty years of my federal government service?
There has been a great change in the world and society since the 1940s when I was born. Everything in society is upside down now and the differences are as great as between day and night. With the pet peeves I have now as an older white heterosexual male, perhaps it would have been better if I had been born and lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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© 2016 Paul Richard Kuehn