My courageous stand against political correctness



It’s time to end the outrageous restrictions on the rights of Children

By Dan Leger


I usually don’t write columns based on suggestions from readers, because they usually want me to promote some worthwhile but obscure cause or perhaps to write something nasty about their neighbours, especially if they’re foreign.

But I get so many comments about the evils of political correctness that I thought, you know, it’s time to take it on. I write today as a champion of the anti-political correctness movement and as someone who refuses to toe the party line.

So don’t tell me I have to respect the interests or sensitivities of others. That’s what political correctness is, a crazy idea that’s all about respecting the views of others. That’s not for me. By definition, political correctness is a restriction on my rights to say anything I want. Soldiers probably died for those rights or ones much like them. You could look that up.

Now, they say it’s best to write about subjects about which you feel passionate. I feel passionate about my anti politically correctness stand, but especially about how the PC plague offends against the rights of children. I stand four-square against discriminatory unfairness against children and all the unneeded restrictions on the rights of the young.

If we are to have true liberty, the rights of the immature must be protected. For instance, why are children prevented from enjoying the simple right that all citizens should enjoy: the right to gamble?

Let’s review the facts, which are not politically correct or run by social workers. Believe me, no social worker or so-called “expert” would ever advocate the innovative policies I intend to suggest.

First among the facts, kids are people and therefore also citizens. Being born gave them that status, not some miracle. That’s not in dispute.

Second, all citizens are equal. Even the prime minister says that. So if all are equal, all must be treated equally. One group, for instance adults, should not be specially privileged to enjoy legal activities while another group, say children, are denied.

Third, gambling is legal in this country. That’s not disputed either. It’s a basic freedom, to gamble in gas stations, corner stores, casinos and down the Legion for the Chase the Ace.

When you think of it there are many, many unfair restrictions on our freedom of speech as expressed through the placing of wagers.

Because of the politically correct nanny state in which we live, legal citizens, just because they are under a certain age, can be discriminated against and prevented from profiting from the avails of legal gambling.

Now, at this point I should acknowledge that I’m not the first to express concern about this unfair treatment of children. I owe a debt of gratitude to the scholarship of the Australian intellectuals and commentators Roy Slaven and H.G. Nelson, whose writings I have followed closely for several years. They raise some compelling arguments.

Why, for instance, are students forbidden from gambling in the schools? Why are our future leaders prevented from taking part in this totally legitimate activity and unparalleled  learning opportunity?

Just think how much better kids will be prepared for the future if they learn the basics of odds, probability and the proper techniques for the Scratch ‘N Win. How else are they to learn whether a straight flush beats four of a kind, or how the over-under works on the weekend football games?

Ask yourself this question. Are we willing as a society to leave our children unprepared for real life and lacking the knowledge that they could use to suddenly become rich beyond their wildest dreams by winning, say the 6-49 or the QEII Home Lotto?

And will someone please think of the parents? Just imagine the convenience of sending little Harry or Hermione off to school with a few bucks to lay down on the betting line of the junior high volleyball games each day. What a boon to moms and dads.

Don’t stop there. Just think of the money parents will save when the kids can place a few well-chosen wagers at recess and pay for their own lunches, perhaps with some coins left over for after-school frivolities? As they get better at it, say by high school, they might win enough to pay their university tuitions, and what a benefit that would be.

Mr. Nelson has suggested putting poker machines in the schools, which obviously is a brilliant idea befitting the rigorous research he’s put into the topic. The kids could have a wager, make a few bones while they’re at it and the vigorish could go toward updating the school gym.

The brilliance of poker machines in the schools is that they can be programmed to accept quarters and dimes, which might be all the elementary age kids have on them. The high school machines could be adapted to accept only bills. I’m just being practical here.

And as Mr. Nelson has pointed out, the kids would get a priceless practical education in mathematics, particularly as it applies to odds and wagering. None of this airy-fairy theory stuff for the well educated kids of the future.

Oh yes, there always will be nay-sayers, those who can’t see the merit of gambling at all, let alone the value of teaching it to the kids while they’re still young. Others will claim some specious “moral” or “ethical” reasons not to allow minor children to gamble.

To that, I say pish-tosh and get away from me with your politically correct complaints. If kids can fire guns and drive all-terrrain vehicles through environmentally sensitive areas, they should be able to gamble. Because nanny state or not, kids have rights too.


© Dan Leger 2018

About Dan Leger

Journalist, broadcaster, consultant. And sailor. I've been a pro journalist for more than 30 years as a reporter, writer, producer and senior editor. Parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press. Executive Producer, CBC Television News, Former Director of News Content at The Chronicle Herald. Gemini Award - Best Live Special Event Coverage (1999) and Atlantic Journalism Awards winner, Commentary (2007 and 2009).
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