It must be April. Augusta National is once again buzzing, just as it does this time every year. Magnolia trees and fresh cut greens. Amen corner and Green Jackets. Golfs Superbowl, the Masters, is coming to a television near you this weekend. In 3D no less, if you should be blessed with such piece of equiptment.
Of course, with the Masters on everyones mind, the topic of who should or should not be allowed membership to a private club is once again a hot topic. Women have traditionally not been allowed membership status at Augusta National so every year multiple "equal rights" groups demand that policy be changed. The Masters largest sponsor, IBM, now has a female CEO. The last four CEO's of IBM were all offered memberships at Augusta National. So that's this year's rallying cry. "If they don't let her in, IBM should stop sponsoring the event"
I'm all for free speech, of course, but these people really should tone down their rhetoric. It is little more than an indefensible attention seeking ploy at this point. Unless, of course, they want to give equal time to places and professions that exclude MEN as well. Women are not barred from playing golf at Augusta National, females regularly play the course. There is no discrimination issue here at all. Augusta National is a privately owned and operated country club. It's members are selected by invitation only (I couldn't get in either, and I'm an "elite white male"). The #1 objective of any private club is exclusivity. That's the whole point. They can choose whoever they want to include or exclude. If a bunch of old rich white guys want to hang out together smoking cigars, drinking brandy, telling dirty jokes, and whatever the hell else they do there, then who are we to tell them they can't, or that they must allow rich old ladies, too?
I know...I know. "It's not fair! It's gender discrimination!". Yep, I agree, it is. So what? Whoever creates a private club gets to decide who they want as members. No, you and I don't get to overrule them based on what's "fair". By their very design, private clubs can't be 'fair'. Exclusion is what they are all about.
Want to be a Shriner so you can wear a Fez and drive one of those cool miniature cars while helping Children's hospitals? (Come on, you do, admit it) Sorry, no can do. The Shriners are a private club within yet another private club, the Freemason's.
First you have to be selected into the Freemason's, make it through all of their rituals to move up through the ranks and then hope you get selected by the Shriner's to join their group. Sorry ladies, women aren't allowed to be shriners, either. Should I expect protests outside of every parade, circus, and hospital they participate in or support going forward? If they don't change their obvious gender bias, they should lose their charitable tax status and be forced to turn in their funny hats, right?
I can't walk into a VFW, slap down a buck, and order a Budweiser simply because I'm not a veteran. It's not fair, I tell you! I like cheap beer just as much as an Iraq war vet!