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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Political Correctness


Conservatives often complain about "political correctness". If you watch Republican politicians in the news, you'll know that they say it often. I remember when it started in the 1980s, but it's become very popular lately.

For example,
Donald Trump drew cheers from the crowd in Cleveland with this assessment of the direction of the country:
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.”
But just what does it mean? It's actually pretty simple.

Political correctness is what you blame when you want to say something stupid/offensive/nasty/racist/misogynistic/homophobic but don't want to be criticized for it. Or, what you blame when you are criticized for actually saying something stupid/offensive/nasty/racist/misogynistic/homophobic.

In other words, you want to use the N-word, but you know you'll be pilloried, so you blame "political correctness" for your having to muzzle yourself and not "speak the plain truth".

Here's the real plain truth. Anyone who uses the buzz term "political correctness" to excuse their own hatred is an asshole. And no, I'm not being politically correct when I say that.

I'm just being correct.


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