Since 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has affirmed with clarity: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” The only other words of Article 14 specify an exception that clearly doesn’t apply to Snowden: “This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
The extent of the U.S. government’s scorn for this principle can be gauged by the lengths it has gone to prevent Snowden from gaining political asylum. It was a measure of desperation — and contempt for international law — that Washington got allied governments of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy to deny airspace to the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales in early July, forcing the aircraft to land for a search on the chance that it was carrying Snowden from Moscow to political asylum in Bolivia.
Political correctness and why I hate it!
Got your attention! Well, I hope so because I think that political correctness is just another form of hypocrisy and lies. Political correctness gives people the ability to hide their true feelings and therefore, if you are not really keen, giving them the ability of stabbing someone in the back. I remember when I was hired at Best Buy, the manager at the time, Jewish, told me that he did not like black people but wanted to hire me. I thanked him and we had no issues with each other because I knew where he stood and where I stood. I am a hard worker and I do my job and there was nothing to nit pick there. I carried myself professionally, because that is who I am, and there was nothing to nit pick there either. That manager grew to like me and we were good. He still had his prejudices but him and I were on equal footing. I never feared him and never disrespected him. Eventually he was moved or promoted, until that time we were good with each other. Political correctness promotes lies and I hate that. I rather know that you are a racist, homophobic, bigot and just a hateful person so that I know who I am dealing with and get to choose if I want to keep dealing with you or not and it also lets me know where you stand.
I have known people who have prejudices against people of color and I had no problem having dealings with them because I knew where they stood and they knew where I stood. Of course some of those dealings ended up with me being made the bad guy but that does not stop me from dealing with people, regardless of their hang-ups. What those experiences have taught me is that there are people that you can only trust or deal with to a certain extent and no more and others you can depend on, to a certain extent and no more. Like that I am able to befriend and/or associate with many different people with no problems.
In all, I choose to not take things personally, unless being directed towards me with an evil intent and/or that person wants to cause me harm, then I deal with them accordingly. I love truth. Give me truth and I will be ok. Does it hurt sometimes? Yes and I rather that because I end up liberated versus walking, living, and working around distrust, lies and deceits.
“The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.” – Aristotle
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