Living to be outraged is no way to live

Matt Labash nominally addressed the Redskins Name Controversy (TM) today in his weekly monthly extremely irregularly published advice column for the Daily Caller. I say “nominally” because the point of his column is less about the Redskins Name Controversy (TM) and more about the culture of outrage in which we live. As Matt puts it,

“what outrages me about all the outrage (if I can’t beat them…..) is the comment of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who said, “If one person is offended, we have to listen.” Really? Do we? Because if so, we’re going to be here a while. The last time I checked the internet, somebody was offended about everything. In fact, it’s doubtful the internet would continue to exist if someone wasn’t eternally taking offense.”…

As I joked on Twitter, all the liberals in good standing who are also Redskins fans who have jumped with both feet onto the “R-Word” bandwagon amuse me to no end. You know why you weren’t offended by this last year, or the year before, or in the 1990s, or in the 1980s? Because the word isn’t offensive to anyone other than a handful of professionally outraged busybodies who have spent these last few years trying to convince everyone else that they should also be outraged. It’s absurd.

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