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Politically-Correct Is Dead! Long Live The Truth!

At Glascow, Scotland, 37 degrees North, 122 degrees West, British Conservative leader David Cameron (pictured) must of braced himself for what he was about to say.

It takes a lot of courage to publicly grab a "responsibility agenda" by the horns and risk the populist brand of racist or bigot especially in a land, much like Canada, at the altar of tolerance to a fault.

Quoting from a political speech - especially one made on the hustings - may not be the best way to attract readers to LawMag but this one transcends politics and frankly moves one to agreement.

David CameronCameron's words:

"Our mission is to repair our broken society - to heal the wounds of poverty, crime, social disorder and deprivation that are steadily making this country a grim and joyless place to live for far too many people.

"Because while our society is broken today, it is not broken for ever. We can and will repair it. We can and will bring hope and aspiration to places where there is resignation and despair.

"Whether it is knife crime or any other symptom of our broken society, we will repair the damage by treating not just the symptoms but the causes too.

"The thread that links it all together passes, yes, through family breakdown, welfare dependency, debt, drugs, poverty, poor policing, inadequate housing, and failing schools but it is a thread that goes deeper, as we see a society that is in danger of losing its sense of personal responsibility, social responsibility, common decency and, yes, even public morality.

"I think the time has come for me to speak out about something that has been troubling me for a long time. I have not found the words to say it sensitively. And then I realised, that is the whole point.

"We as a society have been far too sensitive. In order to avoid injury to people's feelings, in order to avoid appearing judgemental, we have failed to say what needs to be said. We have seen a decades-long erosion of responsibility, of social virtue, of self-discipline, respect for others, deferring gratification instead of instant gratification.

"Instead we prefer moral neutrality, a refusal to make judgments about what is good and bad behaviour, right and wrong behaviour. Bad. Good. Right. Wrong. These are words that our political system and our public sector scarcely dare use any more.

"We talk about people being "at risk of obesity" instead of talking about people who eat too much and take too little exercise. We talk about people being at risk of poverty, or social exclusion: it's as if these things - obesity, alcohol abuse, drug addiction - are purely external events like a plague or bad weather.

"Of course, circumstances - where you are born, your neighbourhood, your school, and the choices your parents make - have a huge impact. But social problems are often the consequence of the choices that people make.

"There is a danger of becoming quite literally a de-moralised society, where nobody will tell the truth anymore about what is good and bad, right and wrong. That is why children are growing up without boundaries, thinking they can do as they please, and why no adult will intervene to stop them - including, often, their parents. If we are going to get any where near solving some of these problems, that has to stop."

In our society, groups that wants preferential treatment, instead of taking pride in asking less of government, is heralded by human rights groups - most subsidized with our tax dollars.

The Sixth Estate writes of their tribulations with faintly-concealed praise.

The rich turn a blind eye as their dividend-paying corporations need employees and, frankly, who else will clean their penthouse?

The relocated Indo-population complain of not having emergency telephone service (911) in their native language. Their men and women, apparently distinct from their fellow citizens, wish to wear their turbans while on police or army duty, even ride their motorcycles helmetless.

The obese want two seats in airplanes and free health care.

The drug addicts want injection sites but not methadone.

The transient want the legal right to panhandle but you won't see many of them picking up even their own litter, let alone that of those who feed them.

The poor want welfare for life without any requirement that they get a job.

Some handicapped, on a matter of principle, would prefer to have a public festival ended rather than have it proceed without full accommodation of their various handicaps.

These are words of truth, with no less a gust of freedom of speech than the clamour of those who would quickly ask the human rights tribunals (the word tribunal used loosely) to silence those who would stand for what made our free and democratic societies what they are in the first place; or those, like the brave David Cameron, who would ask that those with their hand out to government, or to their neighbours, first look to themselves for improvement or answers.

All stir a bit uneasy as the words of Cameron trickle upon a conscience trained by the media bullhorn to reject anything but complete tolerance. Those with moral courage should stoke the flame he ignites. It beckons not to Nazism as the special interest groups would tell it.

Once we come full circle and through law, government starts to actively promote an absence of "personal responsibility, social responsibility, common decency and ... public morality", we are doomed. We become Iraq circa 2000; England circa 1000.

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