The Era of Sensitivity and Political Correctness

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” -Thomas Jefferson

This statement by our third president could not be more important than right now in twenty-first century America because everyone is offended by something. We have the legal right guaranteed by the First Amendment to be offended, but it is not fair to close your mind or ears.

There are those who are offended for others or themselves, and then there are those who intentionally or unintentionally offend people. Everyone else ignorantly takes sides. Instead of picking a side and demonizing your opponents, let’s engage in conversation. Every belief, no matter how misinformed or wrong-intentioned, deserves a response.

The polarizing effect of our modern political correctness was a factor in the election of Donald Trump. Many Trump supporters across the US felt like they were not being heard or represented. Whether or not their views are widely accepted, they deserved and still deserve a response. Ignoring people or telling them that their argument is too dumb to discuss is dangerous as it only encourages their ideas to become more deeply engrained.

Suck it up, put on your listening ears, and open your mind. Be a big girl or a big boy. Dialogue is the key to solving our differences, improving our political atmosphere, and expanding our culture.

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  1. I agree with the wise words of Thomas Jefferson, but I also believe there’s an important distinction between a mere difference of opinion and the struggle to preserve one’s right to liberty. Our forefathers tolerated different opinions as long as those differing opinions didn’t include an infringement upon their natural rights. Once there was such an infringement, they drew a line in the sand and risked their lives to defend their rights. I see no reason for us not to draw the same line in the sand today.

    Open dialog and debate cannot occur in a climate of political correctness – period. That’s because political correctness is ultimately nothing more than plain old censorship, and how can two sides debate when one side is randomly censored by the other in order to tip the scales?

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  2. You raise good points. My suggestion to those who feel censored is to not stay quiet. And make it well known that censorship is happening. Also, those who feel that their 1st Amendment right is being infringed upon should think about how they say things in our current environment. I am not calling for people to censor themselves, just consider how best to make your point.

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  3. The vocabulary of the present day would offend or confuse our Founding Fathers. Triggering? Safe Spaces? “You can’t say that….” I predict this is a worldwide epidemic, but like all nasty diseases…the thing will run its course. Good people will NOT be silenced just because someone might have their precious feelings hurt.

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  4. No offense to you, but I usually find that this is the argument of the unoffendable.

    I usually liken it to someone’s racist grandfather at dinner; he’s racist and you love him. He’s one of your people and doesn’t hate you, but other people. Some don’t have that luxury. There are Trump voters who are genuine racists and then there are Trump voters who don’t mind sharing a party with those racists.

    Another point (probably less corporeal) is that this is the sort of thinking that became popular after the Civil War. There was a lot of concern for the offending party and not the offended. Efforts to bring the south back into the fold meant that they were legitimized and racism was able to continue to thrive in American institutions. It’s how the former Confederate leaders were allowed to eventually retake the south and how the opinions of the ignorant were given the same merit as those of the enlightened.

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    • “I usually liken it to someone’s racist grandfather at dinner; he’s racist and you love him. He’s one of your people and doesn’t hate you, but other people.”

      You have some very trite, unfounded ideas about racism. This is the definition of “racism” according to Merriam-Websters Dictionary:

      “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”

      The so-called “racism” that’s wrongly ascribed to Trump voters doesn’t conform to that definition whatsoever. I’m a reluctant Trump voter (Ted Cruz was my preferred candidate), and here’s what I have a problem with. I have problem with generational welfare dependency, fatherless households, criminal behavior and childlike stupidity in adults whose vote counts the same as mine. I am an equal opportunity critic of those behavior patterns no matter the race, but it just so happens that these behaviors are a much bigger problem in the black community than in whites. My pointing this out doesn’t make me a racist. It makes me someone who isn’t afraid to speak the truth. The truth is NEVER racist. So please take care with how you throw around the word “racist.”

      My father might have been one of those “racist” grandfathers you’re talking about, and since he’s no longer here to defend himself against such comments I’ll do it. My dad worked VERY hard his entire life, but he spent his life, as I do, fending off liberals in our government whose mission is to “spread the wealth” from hard-working people like my dad to those whom I described above. THAT is a big reason why this so-called “racism” exists. It’s a man-made phenomenon, not something inherent to race as the definition of “racism” requires. But since we’re talking about man-made racism, take a good look at the news lately. That vast majority of racism I see is coming from non-whites.


  5. Political Correctness is merely one of those terms, which GOPpers use to attack that which they cannot fathom. It’s code for I don’t want to believe it! Think of Welfare Queens and Young bucks, terms that St. Ronnie used; however, more white women were on Welfare, and Food Stamps never were acceptable for the purchase of Lobster and Steak.

    Of course, Trumpet has taken lunacy to a whole new level, and that’s why he wants to dumb down the Public School System through “School Choice”, which is just another term for systemic racism. It’ll take America back to the Separate, but Still Unequal Era.

    Remember when Taiwan was banned from the Little League World Series? Well, back in the 1950s, when we watched the New Year’s Day college football games, there were no black players in the Southeast Conference, or the old Southwest Conference.

    So, banning Blacks and Asians wasn’t “Politically Incorrect”, until some dumb white guy thought of it!

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    • Wrong. Political correctness is the Left’s way of censoring rightwing speech. Don’t call them “illegal” anymore, even though they’re here ILLEGALLY. Call them “undocumented.” It sounds so much nicer. Trust me, we GOP’rs “fathom” political correctness perfectly.

      This notion that school choice is going to dumb down the public school system must be a gag. Is it possible to dumb it down any further than the Left already has? I offer your comment as evidence to the contrary. American kids today are dumber than they’ve ever been, thanks to 50 years of schools run by the Left.

      “….until some dumb white guy thought of it!”

      If I ended a sentence with “…until some dumb black guy thought of it,” I’d be denounced as a racist.

      I rest my case.

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      • You learned undocumented from Donnie? What a strange thing to say. Guess you haven’t been paying attention very long.

        Soda vs. pop. What a cute but completely inapt analogy. The “illegal” vs. “undocumented” debate doesn’t depend on where you live, cheekos. It depends on what your politics are. There was a very calculated reason as to why, after a century or so of uniformly referring to non-U.S. citizens who were here illegally as “illegal aliens” that this perfectly appropriate descriptor suddenly needed to be changed, so much so that the liberal talking heads on TV get their panties in a twist with anyone who dares to not cooperate with their new term. We’re all supposed to be so dumb that we don’t see what they’re trying to do, and sadly too many of us are.

        The Left is at war with the American Republic and language is their weapon of choice. If you disagree about the way language is used as a weapon you might want to ask yourself what was the purpose of referring to Trump as “Donnie?”


  6. Last Friday, Trumpie assumed to take credit for the Jobs Report, and the fact that the Dow creeped above 22,000. But consider: What part of his “Agenda” drove those numbers? July was just the 83rd successive month of economic growth in America. No matter how many times he arranges the legitimate media, golf outings, fake bill signings, and various other photo-ops, DJT has accomplished nothing whatsoever. NO B.S, JUST NAME THE LEGISLATION!

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    • So now you’re changing the subject? I thought this post was about political correctness?

      I’m not here to defend Donald Trump, but if passing legislation like the disastrous Obamacare is how you measure success I’ll take failure any day of the week. BTW, were you equally critical when, early in his presidency, Barack Obama took credit for the uptick in the economy following the crash of 2008? Or when Obama took credit for increased oil production despite his attempts to stifle the American oil industry? If you want to find someone who likes to take credit for the accomplishments of others, look no further than the speeches of Barack-“you didn’t build that”-Obama.


      • The economy is dangerous thing to take credit for as the president has little to no control over it. Let’s focus on political correctness in these comments because I think we all have similar ideas. Political correctness can be used in negative ways – to silence people by saying their words are offensive or to delegitimize serious issues by arguing semantics. The lesson here is that the First Amendment protects our right to free speech and we should listen to all viewpoints increasing dialogue (without ad hominem attacks and blanket accusations).

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  7. Political correctness is a weapon used by both sides. An example can be found in the comments here before this one: the usage of “illegal” vs “undocumented.” I will point out immigration laws use “undocumented.” The insistence that we use “illegal” is attempt to control thinking.

    I’ll be frank. The term racist is overused by both sides. There are racists on both sides but it is not politically correct to talk about them unless it is the other sides racists. The analogy in an earlier comment about the racist grandpa in the family is pretty accurate though it think drunk uncle who says offensive things is better. 😀 Everybody just rolls their eyes at the drunk uncle but not do anything because he’s not attacking anybody in the family. However others will see the drunk uncle and think that the whole family is like that.

    IMHO, ethnocentric is a more accurate term to describe the side.

    Political correctness regardless of who practices it is a tool for controlling how people think. It creates what Orwell called thoughtcrime.


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