Written December 22nd , 2015(edited 12/10/16)
I’ll start off by saying that I will do my best to leave the politics out of this blog and I will do my best to write about the facts, reality and the truth. I don’t sugar coat things anymore. That’s how people get cavities. 😉
“Political Correctness is killing us as a nation”. I heard this on tv not to long ago. The name of the channel and show is of no significance because many of us know and feel that the media is biased primarily based on the company’s political views or agendas. Wikipedia defines it like this…”politically correct,( commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term primarily used as a pejorative to describe language, policies, or measures which are intended not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society(pejorative is a word or grammatical form expressing a low opinion of someone or something, or showing a lack of respect for someone or something. It is also used as a criticism, hostility, disregard and/or disrespect)” To read more about these words go to : Political Correctness or Pejorative in Wikipedia. It’s very interesting information on the backgrounds of these words.
So is Political Correctness killing us? Let’s take a look at this term as I’ve seen it change over my lifetime. To start with I’ve been around for a few(wink) years. Just to give you an idea of the chunk of time that I’ve been around. 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 I’m good with that.
So how is Political Correctness killing us? For starters, when people jump on the PC express, aren’t we in essence trampling on Freedom of Speech? As a kid I remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school day. Yes, we were aware 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 teaching or preaching any one religion or even religion in general for that matter. We learned about God in church and Sunday school. If we were taught about religion in school it was about how it played a role and shaped human history.
A little history as to how this country was started. Our ancestors came here seeking religious freedom, to be free from persecution based on their religious beliefs and practices. Our ancestors also came here to be able to speak freely. Things like The 10 Commandments are the very foundation of our laws. They are moral laws to guide our internal compass in the right direction. To take that kind of stuff out of our justice buildings and so on is a slap in the face to our founding fathers. Besides, by taking down symbols like the 10 Commandments and other symbols like this are we not squashing free speech?
In the last few years, Merry Christmas has become offensive to supposedly a lot of people. So I’m told I should say Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings?? Why? Because a handful of people who don’t believe in any particular religion are offended by the word “Christ”? I’m sorry if you’re offended by 2 words that have existed much longer than the term political correctness but it’s not Happy Holidays, a holiday tree or holiday party.
One year, a school in the US played the Peanuts Christmas special but school officials had Linus’s monologue about the birth of Christ was bleeped or cut out. It’s a 50 year old movie that knew very little if anything about being PC back then. The birth of Christ is a big part of why Christmas is celebrated. Christmas isn’t about presents and not even religion necessarily. Yes many people celebrate the birth of Christ but it’s also a feeling. A feeling of peace, love and goodwill towards men(and women. Don’t want to offend any feminists out there by repeating an Old English phrase).
What I don’t think we realize is that there are other holidays that are in some way founded on Christian beliefs and tradition or have at least some religious or spiritual roots. Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus. St Valentine’s Day was, still is in some parts of the world, called Feast of St Valentine. I don’t hear the PC police attacking that holiday. I’ve heard people complain more that it’s just a day for card companies, candy and floral shops to make extra money.
The same goes for Halloween, or All Hallows Eve. It’s roots are based on religious and even pagan beliefs. Easter? Same religious and spiritual background roots. Where are the PC police on that one? The primary reason for this holiday is to celebrate Christ rising from the dead. I can hear a pin drop in the crowd of protesters and PC police. No, we’ll just attack a holiday in which love, peace and goodwill towards others is celebrated simply because Christ is in the name and it’s the celebrated day of His birth. Put aside the belief He was born of a virgin and was sent to Earth by his father who most people call God to forgive our sins. Take all of that right out of the picture.
During his time here on Earth, Jesus Christ shared with many people love, peace and goodwill towards others. I have some questions to those who are anti-Christmas. What do you do on that day? Treat it like any other ordinary day? Do you receive presents? If you do celebrate the holiday, do you or have you ever sang any Christmas carols? If so then why are you not offended if you sing any of the following songs; We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Silent Night, The First Noel, Joy to the World, or even Felice Navidad? What about when you go to just about any store, office, doctor or dental office and they’re playing Christmas music over their public speakers? Do you angrily go to a manager and tell them they shouldn’t be playing it? That it’s offensive to you? I’m betting not.
It’s not just all things religious getting a beat down by the PC Police either. Some retail stores have gone “gender neutral” when it comes to sections of toys or clothing. Saying “Bless you” is offensive as is “you guys”, being in a “family way” and the traditional naming top academic students valedictorian and salutatorian is not inclusive. Certain lawmakers think the Declaration of Independence is sexist and racist. Then there’s a sports writer condemning police officers singing the National Anthem before sporting events calling it “staged patriotism,”. He argued that it signals an “authoritarian shift at the ballpark…that these performances of the national anthem are examples of systemic racism in America.” The first time I traveled south of the Mason Dixon line(an imaginary line between the Northern and Southern states) I saw none of that. I saw people with either black or white skin working and joking with each other and with us. This was EVERYWHERE we went down there.
I chose what is a sensitive subject for a couple of reasons. The main reason is that being so politically correct and not wanting to offend anyone has simply gotten out of hand. So much so that we are in actuality beginning to trample on our First Amendment rights, our Freedom of Speech and Religion. Think about it for a moment. When we tell someone they can’t say something, whether or not it’s justified or right, we’re telling them they don’t have the right to speak freely. This also didn’t happen overnight either even tho it’s seems like it did. Slowly but surely we turned into sheeples(people who follow the crowd kinda like sheep do.
For the record, I am not a racist, bigot, xenophobe or any other word that comes to mind. I just feel like there are to many other bad things going on in our world today that we should worry about. We need to stop worrying about changing or eliminating words and history altogether because someone or groups of someone’s are offended. If we don’t we are actually hurting ourselves in the long run. It seems to me that as we become more and more politically correct that we are headed down a slippery slope that will only create more dissent, anarchy and resentment. The more we tighten the rules, laws and are made to censor our speech the more people will get angry and… Well I hate to think of the outcome. The bottom line, political correctness or being mindful of our words has its time and place to be beneficial. To much ends up hurting more than helping.