Written November 25, 2016
“Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.” ~ Winston Churchill
A super brief history about Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill. He lived from November, 30 1874 – January 24, 1965. He was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, an officer in the British Army, a non-academic historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his overall, lifetime body of work. He also lived during a period in history when much of the free speech we have today was considered more taboo than “outlawed”. If you did say something controversial you were barked down into submission similar to today’s free speech “advocates”.
I’m writing this today in light of the 2016 election and the “stuff” that’s been going on since and even before it. This is not about my political views and just a forewarning – I’m probably not going to be politically correct. I’m going to give it to you, JQ Doe, straight up without sugar coating it. I expect backlash from those that this is directed at but I request 2 things, 1) if you comment please, be respectful and 2) before you leave a nasty comment I ask that you to stop and think for a moment about what I say. Remember, when you point a finger at someone you have 3 more pointing back at you. This post is to hopefully spark RATIONAL discussion about the topic.
To start with this was the most vicious, divisive and all around nastiest presidential election I’ve seen in my life, and I’ve been in this world a few years. For the record, there’s always been mudslinging and lies thrown around in the past. This has always been done in order to achieve the goal of being elected to whatever office a candidate is running for – I repeat ANY election for ANY office. This election, however, is not what started this whole mess to begin with. Life in America has had numerous problems that have been building for years if not decades and this election was literally a volcano exploding and spewing hot lava everywhere. Allow me to elaborate.
It is the opinion of the writer that ever since political correctness entered the scene back in the days of Winston Churchill there has been a quiet rumbling that’s been building among the citizens of America. After doing a bit of research on the subject I came across a couple of articles on the history of political correctness(the link for it is at the end of this post).
Political Correctness had its beginnings in World War I and it was called Marxism. There is even a school called the Frankfurt School dedicated to cultural and economic Marxism which is what we know today as political correctness. In this “school” it is basically taught that “Deconstruction first removes all meaning from “texts,” then inserts new meaning: one way or another, the text illustrates the oppression of women, blacks, homosexuals etc. by white men and Western culture. The intended meaning of the author is irrelevant.”
When I first heard of this political correctness it was how different groups of people preferred to be called. Black or colored people preferred to be called African-Americans, Indians preferred to be called Native Americans, handicapped people preferred physically challenged, mentally retarded people had advocates that preferred developmentally delayed or challenged and so on. I understand and am good with that.
Fast forward to today. Now I’m hearing garbage like school textbooks that don’t have certain important historical facts in them while others have overemphasized other aspects of history, usually the negative stuff. Things and people that were made into monuments or symbols of good out of something bad have been torn down because “This person owned slaves” or “That symbolized slavery”.
Let’s touch on “safe zones” for a moment. For those who don’t know, a safe space/zone is a place where students can relax and be able to fully express, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe because of age, sex, race, religious affiliation, or physical or mental ability. It’s a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others. The bad thing with these is that there’s not much, if any, room for controversial discussions that prepare the student for the real world – a world full of controversy and political INcorrectness. It reminds me of students being on an island separated and segregated from the truth.
I was taught that college is a time when you are being prepared for and learn about the real world with all its joys and pains. I’m seeing and hearing more and more that what I was taught has completely been turned around. Individuality used to be encouraged. Now a days if guys are masculine they’re told they’re a misogynist(woman hater). If someone cringed the slightest bit around someone from any foreign country, more so someone of Middle Eastern descent they’re branded a xenophobic(fear of people from other countries). And heaven forbid an African-American(or any other race for that matter) is chosen last for a sports team based on his/her ability(rather the lack of ability to play) that person is scorned as a racist(the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races). Now almost anything anyone says is declared PC/not PC. Doesn’t anyone see that Political Correctness is killing us?
So why is Political Correctness killing us? For starters, with so many people jumping on the PC express, we are in essence trampling on Freedom of Speech. I mean as a kid I remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school day. Yes, we knew back then about the Separation of Church and State but to us, back then, it was said for patriotic reasons. “…one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all “. We weren’t preaching any one religion or even religion in general for that matter.
I mean come on, last year some school showed the Peanuts Christmas. At this school the school’s officials had Linus’s monologue about the birth of Christ bleeped or cut out. Good grief Charlie Brown ! It’s a 50 year old movie and the people that created it knew very little if anything about being PC back then. This country was founded and developed because our ancestors were seeking religious freedom, to be free from persecution based on their religious beliefs and practices. Things like The 10 Commandments are the very foundation of our laws so to take that kind of stuff out of our justice buildings and so on is a slap in the face to our founding fathers.
If we are not careful, if we continue this PC/safe place shenanigans our country will end up like other countries that have NO freedom(ie North Korea, Cuba, Russia etc). Do you want to be shot, jailed or otherwise punished for speaking your mind? I sure don’t. I close with one other quote from Sir Winston Churchill, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Links to learn more about the history of Political Correctness: