Monday, August 15, 2011
The Curse of the Hyphen
How can so much trouble be caused by one simple punctuation mark? It has fractionated and polarized American society to the point that members of the “majority” are in constant fear of offending those who wear the mark. Of course, as Sahib so ably pointed out, there is no right to not be offended, but still the majority walks on eggshells.
I refer not to the mysterious semicolon, which appears to be either the mark used for that “winking” thingie, or a truly harrowing diagnosis to get from your gastroenterologist. No, it is the simple hyphen, and the progressive left’s unquenchable lust for DIVersity, that is the scourge of our nation.
Liberals hyphenate us based on skin color, ancestral origin, sexual preference, religion, body mass index, and any number of other characteristics that can be used to DIVide Americans from one another. Then, they conquer by pandering to subsets of American citizens in order to lock in votes for the next election cycle. The end result is these artificially created minorities are kept in a grotesque political bondage by the Democratic Party, usually to the detriment of their quality of life.
I say ban the hyphen! Let’s start celebrating those things that make us the same. Our love for this great country, our devotion to our families, the freedoms provided us by the Constitution, and our desire for our children to have even better lives than we enjoyed. In short, we all share hopes for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Our common hopes, dreams, and purposes make us, and our country, great. DIVersity has nothing to do with it.