All you hear in the news these days is how this group is being discriminated against or that this entity is racist, biased, homophobic, etc…… There are more letter designated ‘groups’ or disadvantaged people all trying to gain access to every program, benefit or service that is available. Worse yet, this has been pushed upon the military by all sorts of political advocates.
Let’s take the most disadvantaged group we can think of. Say TS/TG; blind, disabled; hard of hearing; Hispanic; American Indian; socialist; impoverished; under-educated; and police averse. I will abbreviate this as ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’. This is not meant to exclude any group or faction so if you are not in my list feel free to believe that you are.
Now, let’s look at the various governmental agencies, organizations or services to see if they are up to date on their EEOC policies.
Now, I must ask if there are any Air Traffic Controllers who are of this minority group ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’??????
How about the FBI???? Any ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ in any of the service academies???
National Park Service??????? Any ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ involved with the NASA Astronaut corps?
Maybe the Coast Guard?????? Any ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ in the US Marshalls?????
Are there any ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ in the Food and Drug Administration??????
The FAA????? Are there any ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ in the GSA??? GAO????DOJ??????
Any ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ in any official governmental agencies???
Now, to illustrate the absurdity of using criteria like this to decide hiring or in making policy let’s take it to the extreme.
How about the US ARMY???????
Do they consider any of the ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ group for inclusion in the service?????
How about the NAVY???? Are the aircraft carriers Handicap accessible per the ADA??????
How about the aircraft themselves. Does the B2 stealth bomber have proper facilities to accommodate the ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ service member???????
Are the Abrams tanks ‘STBDDHAISIUEPV’ handicap accessible or operable?????
I think you are beginning to see the satire in this.
We cannot run our society on quotas and mandated access for each and every special interest group. You can call the system of trying to do that an attempt to reward the grievance lobby for their persistent efforts to finagle their way into every part of our government. Practicality says a blind man or woman cannot be an Air Traffic Controller. Being able to interpret aircraft location data is as of this time, visual only. Military service requires people who are physically able to effectively defend the nation and should never anything but this. I would add that adding gender ambiguous people to the mix is no help either.
Fact is that in life, there are consequences for all manner of things. I say this including those things that are a result of fate and those of our own making. Unfortunately these consequences have a cost personally. Some issues can be resolved in court. This is why there are trial lawyers for those injured at the hands of others. Some are just what they are: Challenges to be faced and dealt with as best you can.
To deny the results of life events is to ignore evolution and I know how difficult that is for the anti-creation types. The fact is that America is not a gigantic Petri dish full of experimental programs to facilitate every subset and super minority-minority individual who demands to be included in any and all programs that exist. Beyond the utter stupidity of even assuming this is remotely possible, look at the wasted resources and time spent so we can reduce the effectiveness of whatever program, organization, or service that we are trying to ‘experiment’ with.
In no way am I advocating ignoring the needs or desires of people who either believe they are being discriminated against or who have suffered some sort of misfortune that has made their lives difficult. I know many people who have dealt with lifelong disabilities who to a great extent agree with my thinking here. One attribute that most handicapped have is a virtue. Most are very realistic about what their choices are. This is not to say that some do not challenge the status quo. But, just because one person or a small group of people can eventually succeed at some challenge that otherwise a person with their problems would normally not be able to deal with does not mean everyone should try the same nor should we mandate programs to facilitate them..
In society, we see exceptional people every day doing amazing things. Some overcome disabilities with a perfect example being the late Professor Stephen Hawking who wrote seminal works long after his ability to physically record his thoughts was possible. With the results of the actions in Iran and Afghanistan we see veterans both men and women out in society minus arms legs and sometimes more than that and they succeed. Help is given as they need it but in the end it is not the program that succeeds. It is the person who defines their abilities and not a committee or a board sitting in some government agency.
If we are honest with ourselves, pretty much every accomplishment throughout history is the result of someone doing something that had not been done before and they were singularly suited for their moment of success. There are no master committees sitting and determining who should invent synthetic rubber or a new alloy of steel. These acts are the result of individual achievement and over whatever obstacles that arose. This is important.
What society should remember is that you should never judge a person by their apparent physical abilities or appearance or background or ethnic origin, or their past. Attitudes that support these kinds of pre-judgments are what kept slavery alive; denied women the vote; discriminated against various ethnic groups. People should be weighed and measured by their unique abilities.
This same reasoning says that people who are to come live here from other lands should be equally vetted and determined to be worthy of receiving the unique gifts America has for its citizens. The same logic that says judging someone by their ethnicity is wrong also applies in that just because you are of a differing ethnic group does not mean you automatically should be allowed in. To argue for ethnic inclusion is as wrong as arguing ethnic factors would deny admittance.
I will add that poverty, discrimination, misfortune or any other man made cause is not such to allow entry into our nation. If these people are unable to improve their lot in life where they are from how can they bring anything of value to our nation?
I admit we are a nation of immigrants. Our Pilgrim ancestors took exile over death or punishment, however, they were not wretched refuse. These pioneers brought the hope of a great life and eventually a great nation was born out of their hard work and determination and not just because they were let in. They had to earn their keep or die. Our nation was founded on entrepreneurial spirit driven by our ability to accomplish what we set our eyes upon including wining a revolutionary war with the super power of the time.
This is not a nation of the lost and hopeless. This is a nation of accomplishment and pride.
Never forget that.