This comment, from new visitor Linda, exemplifies the kind of thinking that too many Americans believe pass for “ethics.” In response to my post about a Christiane Amanpour-led panel on her Sunday morning public issues show that celebrated male-bashing and gender bias, Linda’s response is essentially…
1. You “men” have done worse to us.
2. We have the right to get even.
3. You can dish it out but you can’t take it.
4. We have the right to be bigots too.
Indeed women do have the right to be bigots, but journalists like Amanpour abuse their own First Amendment rights when they use the freedom of the press to advance naked bigotry, and women like her panelists disgrace their own principles when they move from seeking fair and equal treatment for themselves to asserting superiority and advocating gender bias.
This is the epitome of another popular Golden Rule distortion: “Do Unto Others As They Have Done Unto You.” People like Linda…and apparently Christiane Amanpour…think that’s “ethics.” They also think that it is fair and appropriate to insult and denigrate all men because some men have denigrated them. That’s not ethical either. Vengeful, hypocritical, acceptable to political correctness bullies, perhaps, but not ethical. Someone else’s bad conduct doesn’t confer license to behave wrongly, and it won’t magically make unethical conduct right. But this principle doesn’t register with the Lindas of the world, many of whom are our elected leaders, whose favored rationalizations are “it’s our turn, ” and “you had it coming.”
Her kind of thinking, and acting, makes our communities, our nation and our lives infinitely less productive and pleasant. And that’s why this is a very instructive Comment of the Day.
“Thanks for sharing. Gosh, we apologize if you felt offended. The centuries of anti-male bigotry you’ve had to live with have done so much harm to your gender’s self esteem. I guess that’s men somehow are lured into inappropriate sexual behavior….outrage at your lack of power in our world?
“For decades I’ve watched all white male panels pontificate fatuously on all manner of topics. I’ve long said that we’ll never know we are equal until we elect and hire as many incompetent women as we do men. Until then, get over it and deal with the question of why your gender seems to be on the commission end of so much noxious sexual behavior.”