It’s a term we hear bantered about in so many of the everyday things we think and do. The term is called “politically correct,” and it has become far more than just trying to keep in step with modern society.
Being politically correct seems to be invading all parts of our society. Nobody wants to be politically incorrect because we’ve been told it’s wrong and we’re wrong if we’re not acting, speaking or even thinking correctly with the “mainstream” of political wisdom.
When did our political system start dictating our attitude, our way of thinking, speaking, acting or just being ourselves? Is our political system now in complete control of how Americans must live in this the land of the free? In a culture that at one time prided itself on individualism, are we now being herded down a path of “get in step or else?”
There is a lot of talk these days about the First and Second Amendment Rights in the U.S. Constitution. Is it really politicians who now dictate how we must live in order to be correctly in line with their version American society? Have they changed us from constituents to subjects?
Somehow I fear we’ve allowed them to divide us into two schools of thought and labeled us Red and Blue. But why, with over 300 million people in the country, can’t we have various opinions? Are our political parties a reflection of the voters, or have the political parties divided us? And who is prospering the most from political correctness?
As an example, growing up I did not come from a gun-oriented family. We had no guns, so I don’t have a strong bias toward the issue of gun ownership one way or another. On the issue of outlawing certain guns from law-abiding citizens because of the actions of a few unstable people doesn’t make sense any more than removing prayer from government property and educational institutions because a small minority claims to be offended.
That doesn’t mean I favor the senseless killing of innocent lives any more than I favor the right to force anyone to worship only my God.
Growing up, my parents and teachers taught me to think for myself. They were happy to provide guidance, but I was never encouraged to do anything but reason out my own thought process and reach a conclusion of my own.
Common sense, basic logic, learning how to do my own research and recognizing right from wrong was all I needed to guide me to a position. Once that position was reached, others might try to persuade me. As an individual, you were respected for developing a position, and for either standing by it or being persuaded to alter that position if you were shown where your information or logic was flawed.
Sadly political correctness is most recently from the Marxism culture dating back to World War I and World War II. If we compare the basic principles of political correctness with other cultures through the ages, the parallels are obvious. It’s a path we should not celebrate but try hard to avoid.
So why are we so quick to give our government so much control, and why are these laws and rulings being handed down without much public debate? With so much information available today, we can’t claim to be uniformed. Are we just distracted and preoccupied, or are we being asked to let down our guard and allow others to think for us while being discouraged from independent thinking?
When you consider the state of our economy, the ongoing stalemate taking place in halls of government coupled with the extravagances blooming in Washington, and the condition of radical states around the world, one has to wonder if we are still a fiercely independent nation, one that is ever evolving, one that was the envy of the world.
We should not take lightly any changes to the rights we have been given by our forefathers, regardless of the implied intention of the changes.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.