I want to be liked. I want to be accepted. I want my views to be easily agreed with; not seen as a source of contention. I think most people have similar wishes and desires. Something uniquely human drives us all to find acceptance even if it is with a small band of similar cohorts.
Yet I have a point of view and I have defining characteristics, convictions, and ideas. Once upon a time, "the majority" ruled this nation and your convictions and ideas were acceptable if in this group. The country was not necessarily better during this period, just different. Now the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme. It seems like the only people that can have a voice without having the PC police arrest them are the minority. If I am black, hispanic, or asian...I can be racist and even joke about it. If I am homosexual, I can lend my voice to why this lifestyle is right and good. If I am a woman, I can speak on issues of my body, my choices, my career vs. child rearing, and my sexuality. If I am an addict, I can speak on the disease that I was born with and helpless to defy. If I am rich, I can whine about daddy not paying any attention to me. If I am poor, I can blame the government, my neighbor, and God above. If I am Muslim, Buddhist, Morman, or Scientologist, I can speak about my oppression and demand to be recognized as legitmate and true.
If I am a Christian, Bible believing, white, middle-class, heterosexual, drug free, male...
...I better keep my mouth shut. For me to have an opinion is just a display of intolerance and absurdity.