The sorry precedent
Sgt. Joseph Chamblin served the United States as a Marine in Afghanistan where he worked on missions to prevent Taliban insurgents from making roadside bombs. One of Chamblin’s sniper team members, Sgt. Mark Bradley, was killed by a buried bomb.
A bit of national hysteria was raised in 2011 when a video of Chamblin and fellow Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban members was uploaded to YouTube. Nine troops were court-martialed for the incident; Chamblin, a 15-year veteran, plead guilty to dereliction of duty. He was fined $500 and demoted.
Chamblin has since expressed no remorse for his actions. In fact, quite the opposite. He said he would do it again if given the chance.
“Do I regret doing it?” Chamblin said. “Hell no.”
Afraid that such actions would risk disrupting the harmonious tranquility pool that is tolerance in the Middle East, military officials expressed concern that Chamblin and company put troops in danger “by inflaming religious tensions in Afghanistan.”
I can see it now: pacifist Afghani soldier trying to hold his temper, sitting on his hands, just trying to keep the peace. Then Chamblin and his comrades do this…the last straw!!! He has no choice now but to spring into action.
Chamblin dismissed the military’s fears as unfounded. “If anything, it was more of a psychological effect on the enemy because if an infidel touches the body,” he said, “they’re not going to Mecca or paradise. So, now these insurgents see what happens when you mess with us.”
What Chamblin did was not the politically correct thing to do (and probably a no-no by Christian moral standards), but standing by his actions and not apologizing for them was even less PC.
What’s going to happen to Chamblin for refusing to yield to progressive pressure to take a guilt trip? He’s already been disciplined by the Marine Corps.
Well let’s see. He will be lambasted by the media, frowned upon by outraged leftists, and still be enemies with the Taliban. Is that all?
Yes, that is all. Here’s the thing: Nothing bad happens when a person disregards the rules of political correctness. All the power that the PC police possess is granted by those who live in fear of making their shun list. Their bad opinion somehow carries some weight. Their fear tactics work, and nobody knows why.
“How did the liberal get his power?” No political Kipling has been able to answer this question, but the reason the PCers keep their power is the same problem parents have. When no one bothers to discipline a spoiled child and he constantly gets his way, he grows into a very large spoiled child, out of control. The only way to make him stop fussing is to give him what he wants.
Even the staunchest right-wingers cave. The “so and so said something controversial” routine is like when the good kid in the movie gives into peer pressure and you have to sit there nervously and shake your head throughout the inevitable downfall and endure the painful repercussions. When our greatest fear is that we may offend someone, we sacrifice truth for sensitivity’s sake. The highly improbable racial diversity of any middle school textbook comes to mind. (There’s always an Asian, Black, and Ginger student. Sometimes a child in a wheelchair is pictured, too, for good measure.)
Remember when Rush Limbaugh said Sandra Fluke insisting that we pay her for her sexual dalliances was the equivalent to prostitution? Remember how that was true? Then remember how Rush apologized and took it back? Why did he do that? To keep his thriving friendship with Sandra intact? Was it so he wouldn’t lose his conservative listenership, so enamored of Miss Fluke?
Remember how Chik-Fil-A funded anti-gay marriage groups, and gays got mad and non-gays bought a whole lot of sandwiches? And remember how Chik-Fil-A vowed to stand by its Christian beliefs and continue its charitable contributions? The next thing we knew the fast food chain was “re-evaluating” its funding. Sigh.
I am not condoning nor condemning the behavior of these Marines. (I tend to be of the mind that simply killing the enemy gets the point across.) I am, however, very much condoning Chamblin’s stand-your-ground attitude. I am inspired by his staunch spirit in the face of a PC world where name-calling is the weapon of choice. If you’re a conservative and you tell it like it is, the left will become offended (often on behalf of someone else) and call you names, which will never hurt you. Why are we afraid of offending people we don’t even like? I thought that was the point.
It all comes down to the fact that some people are liberal, some are conservative, some people don’t pay attention to the news at all, and some just don’t care either way. What this means is that we don’t have to apologize. Ever. Ignore it and it will go away, really. Apologize, and those who hated you will continue to hate you no matter what; those who had loved you will lose the respect that was coupled with their love when you still had your dignity.
Tom Petty, though his style sounds more passive than passionate, had it right when he sang, “I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down/ Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down.” And Sgt. Chamblin had it right when he said, “Do you want the Marine Corps to be a group of Boy Scout pretty boys or do you want guys that will go out and kill the people trying to take advantage of your country and kill Americans? Which do you want? Because you can’t have both.”