Extremism from both sides needs to end

Published 9:04 pm Friday, June 2, 2017

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater is an idiomatic expression used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad.

When it comes to a moral code and freedoms in this country, it feels like the infant is being tossed right out.

This week’s political statement by standup comedian and actor, Kathy Griffin, is just one more example of how far ethical standards have declined.

Griffin, along with photographer Tyler Shields, apparently thought it would be advantageous to their cause to photograph Griffin holding up a bloody head representing the president.

I wonder at what point this duo thought this was a good idea? Surely, it was not after they had considered how devastating their so-called moment of artistic freedom would affect the families who had lost loved ones to similar heinous acts of violence by ISIS and such extremists.

It seems we are becoming a nation that is so narrowly focused on our individual rights that we are forgetting about our fellow citizens.

I do not think for one minute our founding fathers had any intentions, when they wrote the Bill of Rights, that the citizens of the U.S. would discount ethics when it came to freedoms.

Just last week, I heard a song on the radio that not only used vile and racist language, the lyrics were appalling. No wonder the younger generations are losing touch with a value system. Listening to music of this nature day in and day out desensitizes emotions, which ultimately weakens a sense of right and wrong.

However, it is not only misguided youth or the music industry that is corrupting our culture; Griffin is my age. Freedoms come with great responsibility and holding true to our liberties does not mean discounting moral values.

As parents, we gradually lengthen the ropes of freedom as our children develop. We do this to help teach limitations and responsibility. However, if and when they may go too far, we pull back on their liberties.

Morals used to serve in this role, but the water has gotten dirty and the baby is nowhere to be found. It is imperative for us to know where our freedoms end others’ begin, because in today’s culture, it feels like we are stomping all over one another.

I am a person who values acceptance and creative and artistic expression, so some may say my opinion is contradictory. And certainly, by expressing that we need a moral compass nationally treads on a slippery slope, but my heart tells me that in order for civilization as we know it to survive, there must be a value system in conjunction with freedoms to protect us from ruin.

Vulgarities and extremisms serve no purpose. It only mires the water, making it that much more difficult to distinguish between the baby and the dirt we seek to toss.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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