“The social disease of political correctness has entered daily life, inverting good to bad and attempting to rewrite proud histories as an imposition of white supremacy for which we all should make contrition.” — Robert Agostinelli, chairman, Rhone Group
I’m afraid we’ve lost our way. Every day that goes by, another thread in the fabric that is America becomes a bit worn. With each six o’clock news cast, the Colors seem to fade into a dull red and blue. Amber waves of grain have lost their luster. Purple mountains, not as majestic as in my youth.
The America I grew up in no longer exists. America was staying outside until the street lights came on. It was “School House Rock”, Saturday morning cartoons, and church on Sunday. It was homemade plywood ramps and BMX bikes, no helmets in sight. We were future astronauts, police officers, and firemen. We said the “Pledge of Allegiance” and we sang the “National Anthem”; not because we had to, but because we were proud to.
TV Land, brought to you by the same corporation that thought 16 and Pregnant was a good idea, pulled one of the best parts of my childhood from reruns. The Dukes of Hazzard was quietly removed from TV Land’s schedule on Tuesday. Without the release of an official statement, I can only presume that Viacom (TV Land’s parent company) was simply reacting to the hysterical battle cry from the professional victims club that seem to have permeated this country of late.
Did anyone actually find The Dukes of Hazzard to be of a questionable moral standard? Was the General Lee in any way responsible for any criminal acts? Any overtly racist behavior? Does Warner Brothers feel it saved the world from heart ache, pain, and racism by pulling merchandise related to the television show? Will taking my Dukes of Hazzard lunch box to work lead to a call from HR?
Perhaps Viacom, like Warner Brothers, expected some sort of backlash from the public over its ownership/interest and subsequent broadcasting, and licensing of the famed ’69 Charger fondly known as the General Lee. Perhaps the Stars and Bars really offended Sumner Redstone, chairman and majority shareholder of Viacom. Or maybe Viacom, like so many companies these days, has simply become a willing captive of the drive by media; slaves to the sniveling, whining, entitled masses. Just like Macy’s and NBC dumping Donald Trump, TV Land’s canning of Bo and Luke Duke tells me the PC police have the big, mean, corporations right where they want them.
By the balls.
I miss the America of my youth. I miss the common sense that seems to have devolved as quickly as technology has evolved. I wonder if we’ll ever get back to a time when the consumer makes his own decisions. I wonder if the pocketbook will once again take precedence over the shouts of the always-offended. I wonder, will banning television programs rid the United States of racism?
Too bad Viacom doesn’t own MSNBC.