Political Correctness
Definition from Google. noun: the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against. A simple example: If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman. Is this offensive to the men doing the nicknaming? Is it offensive to others who might hear them? Does it matter? A more complex example: As reported in the media, in a memo to students sent out by West Virginia University (WVU), Title IX coordinator James Goins, Jr. declares that anyone who refuses to use a person’s preferred transgender pronouns is breaking federal law! A political example: Robert Litan, a Democrat, was fired from his left leaning think tank after delivering testimony against an Elizabeth Warren-backed Labor Department plan to regulate financial advisers. Half of House Democrats and virtually all Republicans in Congress oppose the plan because of its costs. Instead of rebutting his argument, Ms. Warren decided to punish it, he was fired from his think tank. One ridiculous example: Princeton University’s ‘Men’s Engagement Manager’, to rehabilitate men that are too masculine. Obviously there are many more, even more dramatic, examples of political correctness gone wild in our culture today. Political correctness can be best described as the opposite of or the enemy of truth.

The Confederate Flag is not the issue!

from The Gray Area:

Another political touch point gaining momentum from the awful shooting in Charleston last week is the Confederate Flag. It’s been removed from state properties, major retailers like Walmart, eBay, Apple and Sears and the Dukes of Hazard car, the General Lee. But now small, independent stores which still sell the merchandise have been surprised with an unexpected consequence—a massive spike in sales.

And, who knows where else this political correctness, mob reaction will go next - to memorials, building names, street names? Will we need to shut down Gettysburg? Should we stop all Civil War re-enactments?

But, the Confederate Flag is not the issue. The media chases their racial template after every tragic event; racist police, guns, words, flags, etc. None of these is the issue. Crazy people are the issue. It's not the flag, it's not the guns, it's not institutionalized racism, it's the crazies. Take away a symbol and the crazies will find another one. Germany outlawed the Nazi flag, but it is available all over the world and used daily by many crazies. Crazy people carry whatever they want to carry to support their lunacy. You will not stop crazy people by taking away a flag or criminalizing the N-word. You will just create more crazies with additional grievances.

Re-writing history to make you feel better is also a very bad idea. Our history is full of good and bad events and periods. We must know them all, accurately, to see how far we have come.

The comments in the article below include a level headed analysis to the question of the Confederate Flag, and the general point counterpoint on the issue.

Point: Its a symbol of hate - it scares me and only crazies like the KKK use it. "... holding onto it is not worth keeping racial unrest stirred up. Getting rid of it would probably be a step in the right direction."

Counterpoint: To me, it’s a flag of Southern heritage and pride. I can’t help what it means to others, but if you let a symbol upset you that much, perhaps the peace you seek lies on your side. I get mad when someone equates the South with racial problems. SC didn’t riot or burn up their town, they came together as Southerners. That’s a good representation of that flag.

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