Political Correctness is Killing US.

Political correctness is going to be the death of America as we know it. I fear that my 2 year old daughter is going to end up in a country under Sharia Law and wearing a burka. Here is more of my viewpoint on how and why this is going to happen: We as a nation are afraid to extend our finger at a group or individual and state firmly “you are my enemy”.

Case in point: Islamic Terrorist. Recently British Prime Minister Gordon Brown instructed his ministers to stop using the phrase "war on terror". According to the EU Observer the reason for this is “to avoid the use of words that could unnecessarily offend Muslims and spark radicalization.” Political Correctness, European style! For God's sake, a cartoon sparked radicalization in the Muslim community peppered throughout Europe.

Remember the people of the "Religion of Peace" and how they burned cars, burned buildings. Even CNN at the bottom of the article states "CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons out of respect for Islam". Political Correctness again. A cartoon folks. A drawing of a cartoon character and the Religion of Peace goes berserk and torches half or Europe.

So out of political correctness, most major media outlets won't publish a cartoon. But most of them would have no problem I'm sure of publishing a cartoon of Christ on the cross, right? And I'll be that Christians wouldn't riot, kill and burn property if a picture like that were to be published. The United States has taken the stance that we don't want to upset anyone, for any reason. Why are we so afraid of calling our enemy by its name: Islamic Terrorism. Islam is at war with the United States.

Islam has basically taken over Europe which is on the edge of becoming a huge Islamic State. I would predict that within a generation, there will be no country of Sweden; no country of Denmark; no country of Norway. All those Scandinavian countries will be Islamic states within a generation, maybe sooner. And it is because those countries bend over backwards to placate the Islamic population that resides in their country. The same way the United States is headed; placating Muslims in this country so as not to offend them.

I don't care if a terrorist at Gitmo is tortured. Good! Get the information from them before they kill me or my daughter. I don't care what means are used to extract the information; the only important thing is that we get the information in time to save lives. The media in this country, the left, and the lawyers are all working to get us killed by meddling in these military affairs.

If you want to get a real grasp on the extent of the political correctness in this country, read this article from USA Today. It is amazing to me that the ACLU will vigorously fight to keep Christian prayer out of public schools, yet they remain silent and inactive on the issue of the Religion of Peace being practiced in our public schools. Here's another article from World News Daily concerning the teaching of Muslim religion in our public schools. Why are we afraid to stop the Muslim religion from hijacking our public schools?

Why does the terrorist group C.A.I.R. provide sensitivity training to the F.B.I.? Sensitivity training? We're not supposed to offend terrorists? You mean in the same way they don't offend us when they are cutting off the heads of Americans and posting it all over the internet for the world to see?

We are so afraid to offend the Muslim's that we are willing to surrender our children to them? Not me. Never. I do not fear Muslim's and if need be, I will defend myself from them and my family at any cost. I for one will stand up and say Islamic Terrorists are my enemy and I will take measures to ensure that my country will not, cannot, be hijacked by this so called Religion of Peace.

Posted by Joseph Nelson at September 25, 2007 4:05 PM
Comments
Comment #234400

Sometimes what one person sees as “political correctness” is simply common sense…e.g., when you’ve invaded a sovereign nation, you don’t say “Bring it on!”…

Posted by: Rachel at September 26, 2007 8:17 AM
Comment #234401

al-Qaeda reads this and smiles. Here’s a person with the proper fear of us!

When you compare the influx of Muslims, of arabs and turks, into Europe with the population, you will find that it would take far longer for Europe to be overtaken than you would believe. Their real problem is that they don’t let these people assimilate into their society. They’ve listened to Right Wingers like you in their lands who talk about defending the religion, defending the homeland, and doing all that by locking out the dirty Arabs and turks, or at least impeding their process of becoming citizens.

That has had the opposite effect, locking them in enclaves, impoverishing them, preventing their assimilation, and radicalizing the people there. That’s why America can have a large Muslim population, and not worry. We didn’t make enemies out of them first, so they didn’t become enemies to us after the fact.

If Europe is hardly going to fall to them, I hardly think we’ll see a Muslim army on our doorstep.

I also hardly think it’s right to lambast people for not needlessly offending Muslims.

You would probably find it insulting for people to compare the Average Christian to a Waco Branch Davidian. Just so, it would be an insult to the average Muslim to be thought to be like an al-Qaeda member. To the average Muslim, al-Qaeda is full of self-righteous lunatics who needless attack their own.

To be intentionally insensitive, to indulge in such prejudice is to make enemies where you didn’t necessarily have them before. Businesses don’t like to do that, and most news organizations don’t want to appear racist or prejudiced.

As for how we treat our enemies? I have no objection to killing one in battle, or to locking one up in jail, but how we treat enemies at our mercy reflects on our character, on our honor as a country. When folks see us torturing folks after years of decrying human rights violations, they treat our demands as hollow, our moral high ground as non-existent. What limits we want others to observe, we must observe ourselves.

On the subject of prayer, let me add one last thought. President Bill Clinton made it the policy that while officially led prayer was off limits, Students could pray as they pleased, as long as it did not disrupt class.

The time has come to stop looking for enemies, and to start making friends. Even if some refuse that friendship, we should let the peace that comes of being committed to peace come back to us, and we should make war and use violence only if other options have proved fruitless.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at September 26, 2007 8:34 AM
Comment #234402

My enemy, and this nation’s true enemy is the Christian right.

There is not a snowball’s chance that a Muslim will win an election in the near future, but look at the President that the Christian nut jobs brought us.

Politically incorrect enough for you?

Posted by: alien from the planet zorg at September 26, 2007 8:44 AM
Comment #234403
Islam has basically taken over Europe which is on the edge of becoming a huge Islamic State.

Spoken like someone who has actually never been to Europe, I would guess.

Then again, none of the rest of the article shows much insight or understanding either.

Oh well.

Posted by: LawnBoy at September 26, 2007 8:47 AM
Comment #234416


I am very worried about the influence the Religion of Peace is having on our children. The other day I caught my adopted granddaughter singing “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

Posted by: jlw at September 26, 2007 11:47 AM
Comment #234420

Stephen,

Where are all the enclaves of unassimilated Irish? Talk about a hated minority! We Irish weren’t even ‘good enough’ to be white! Why didn’t we wait till the arrival of political correctness to break our social chains? Or how about all those Italians, or Jews, Or Germans (I’m actually more German than Irish). Anyone remember T.R. castigating Germans for claiming to be German-Americans? Why are these people NOT living in segregated communities in America as Muslims are in Europe? Why are Muslims far more assimilated here than there?

I don’t think it’s because of P.C. They are a hell of a lot better at that shallow symbolic silliness in Europe. So what is it?

Posted by: Lee Jamison at September 26, 2007 12:21 PM
Comment #234421

I thought the reason they banned the word “War on terror” was that they found describing our conflict as a war was appealing to terrorists. They would know, having dealt with the IRA and other terrorists for so long.

The “cartoon” riot, I believe, in part happened because there was a disinformation campaign, where many muslims were shown truly disgusting images and told they appeared in the paper. The smart thing to do to gain the hearts and minds of muslims would be to explain that.

Finally, the use of torture simply isn’t an effective means of getting information, and “sensitivity” training teaches agents the fastest way of getting good information.

Anyway, sometimes things are more complex than they appear.

Posted by: Max at September 26, 2007 12:39 PM
Comment #234422
Why are these people NOT living in segregated communities in America as Muslims are in Europe?

At the time, they were. Chinatown, Germantown, Little Italy… these neighborhoods didn’t just spring up because people enjoyed hanging out together.

Posted by: Jarandhel at September 26, 2007 12:40 PM
Comment #234425

And Black Americans in New Orleans or Detroit? Latinos in E. LA? America still has its ghettos. We just don’t advertise them, until they burn their ghettos to the ground or a storm wipes them out before our government has a week to learn there is a problem.

Posted by: David R. Remer at September 26, 2007 1:02 PM
Comment #234433

Lee Jamison-
Two words: Guest Worker. Or, as the Germans call them, Gastarbeiters. To fill in the labor shortage caused by the war, the Europeans imported tons of Turkish and Arab workers.

The impression that the Europeans are somehow more politically correct is erroneous. Ethnically, Europe is far less diverse than we are, basically different kinds of white for the most part. What variations there are often come from the nation’s colonial past, with that kind of baggage attached.

The anger focused against us now was for the longest time focused on the French, the Brits, the Germans, and other powers. The French and British carved up much of the Middle East into the shape it has today, and they were involved in many of the problems going on, including Iran and Iraq. We inherited the mess in Vietnam from them, and one of the first encounters of Western powers with today’s more vicious kind of terrorism came out of Algeria, where an insurgency ended up kicking out the French from their colony.

Scratch the surface of the last few decades, and you’ll see that the Europeans have imposed many restrictions on immigration, on language, on culture, on jobs. They have the kind of open racists in their culture, open bigotry towards religion that are strange to our country.

So what is the author of this entry telling us to do? Make Europe’s mistakes. Take on their defensive attitudes.

My policy is, you can’t always avoid a person trying to make an enemy of you, but you can sure try and push things in the other direction. The more you can make friends out of those who have the potential to become enemies, or even those who alreayd are such, the stronger your defenses are against harm. The point is not to ignore those who would do us harm, or appease them, or anything like that. The point would be to let our enemies alienate themselves, if they wish to do that, rather than inflict that negative consequence on ourselves pre-emptively. If our enemies isolate themselves more than we isolate ourselves, if our friendly connections grow while theirs shrink, that’s not bad for us.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at September 26, 2007 1:48 PM
Comment #234434

So, you’re telling me that, until P.C. popped up a quarter century ago, those people I knew growing up in middle-class communities with Polish, Italian, or German names, let alone asian ones, were faking it?

My Mississippi Baptist first landlady, who married a Jew in Shreveport in the 1920s, and settled next door to the Stephensons, might be a little surprised at that.

Posted by: Lee Jamison at September 26, 2007 1:48 PM
Comment #234439

Stephen:

“The time has come to stop looking for enemies, and to start making friends. Even if some refuse that friendship, we should let the peace that comes of being committed to peace come back to us, and we should make war and use violence only if other options have proved fruitless.”

Are you putting us on or do you actually believe this tripe? This is exactly the type of PC that Joseph (and myself) believe is going to get us killed. These people do not want to be your friends. THEY WANT TO KILL YOU! Can you finally, please get that through your dissembling? They are not committed to peace as you are, they do not want to use violence as a last resort, they want to use it as their main tool.

“Their real problem is that they don’t let these people assimilate into their society. They’ve listened to Right Wingers like you in their lands who talk about defending the religion, defending the homeland, and doing all that by locking out the dirty Arabs and turks, or at least impeding their process of becoming citizens.”

They very idea that they are not allowed to assimilate is laughable. European countries have bent over backwards to accomodate and appease this group of immigrants. And this group alone is the one isolating itself from its host society. Do not blame this on the host country, they are doing way more than they should to appease and it just backfires on them.

“That’s why America can have a large Muslim population, and not worry. We didn’t make enemies out of them first, so they didn’t become enemies to us after the fact.”

Not worry? Have you picked up a newspaper lately? Jose Padilla, Fort Dix, Miami, LAX, Germany, UK airplanes. You are right about one thing, we did not make enemies of them in the first place. But they have made enemies of us anyway. This makes all other conversations on this topic academic. Just because you do not think of them as the enemy doesn’t mean thay are not.

“You would probably find it insulting for people to compare the Average Christian to a Waco Branch Davidian”

David Koresh was an egomaniacal, delusional psychopath who believed he was Jesus. Is this the best you have?

“To be intentionally insensitive, to indulge in such prejudice is to make enemies where you didn’t necessarily have them before.”

Again your PC side is showing. Is it insensitive to portray islam as it truly is, a religion of hatred and intollerence? This is what the cartoons were doing, only with humor involved. I think the reason it sparked so much hatred was because the cartoons were to close to the mark. Think about it. Here were millions of muslims saying “how dare you portray us as violent. For that we will behead the infidel as allah wills.”

And again, your efforts to not make enemies was thwarted by them declaring you their enemy. Your motives show your heart is in the right place but like all liberal efforts, you fail to show any tangible results.

“If Europe is hardly going to fall to them, I hardly think we’ll see a Muslim army on our doorstep.”

Our defeat will not come as a result of a muslim army, it will come as result of your appeasement to an enemy that does not want to negotiate with you. Europe is already succumbing to islam and no army has yet been sent. They do not need an army, why send an army, they have YOU to open the door for them.

Alien:

I have mistakenly received orders that were meant for you. They Grand Exalted Leader himself has demanded that you return to the planet Zorg immediately before you hurt yourself.

Lawnboy:

“Then again, none of the rest of the article shows much insight or understanding either.”

I hardly think that visiting Europe for a few weeks at a time, such as yourself, will not make much of a difference in the truth of what is occuring there. I for one have spent years abroad but do not need to be there now to see what is happening. This is the electronic age, you know. And I have seen your posts before, since when has insight and understanding ever been a factor for your ramblings?

Lee:

“I don’t think it’s because of P.C. They are a hell of a lot better at that shallow symbolic silliness in Europe. So what is it?”

You ask a good question. The answer is that they do not want to be. It does not suit their purpose.

Max:

“The smart thing to do to gain the hearts and minds of muslims would be to explain that”

How is it a smart thing to be explaining something right up until the day your head is seperated from your body?

Stephen:

“The point is not to ignore those who would do us harm, or appease them, or anything like that. The point would be to let our enemies alienate themselves, if they wish to do that, rather than inflict that negative consequence on ourselves pre-emptively. If our enemies isolate themselves more than we isolate ourselves, if our friendly connections grow while theirs shrink, that’s not bad for us.”

You are right here. But we must ensure that PC does not hinder the process of that alienation. We must call a spade a spade. We must not be cautious about offending muslims if we are speaking the truth. We cannot sugar coat it. To put it out there the way it is would be to give those who will use them, the tools needed to alienate those that deserve it.

Posted by: Beirut Vet at September 26, 2007 2:29 PM
Comment #234446
I hardly think that visiting Europe for a few weeks at a time, such as yourself,

Uhh… really? That’s my history? Thanks for incorrectly telling me about my life.

Try again, but this time with reality, please.

Posted by: LawnBoy at September 26, 2007 3:47 PM
Comment #234460

Lawnboy,

You didn’t really address the question posed in my post, which is that these events are more complex than they appear.

The idea that you will win this war simply by pointing a finger and calling a huge part of the world your enemy without distinction is moronic, especially when a good portion of those people would call themselves your ally if you were to phrase your objections in terms of ideology rather than race or religion.

Is that PC? I guess, if you mean that PC is having a nuanced response that recognizes the complexities of a situation.

Here are some of the “nuances” that have been ignored and are leading to our losing the war against terror. 1. Not all muslims are against us. 2. Iraq did not attack us. These aren’t fine distinctions or splitting hairs, this is like another country having a problem with something happening in Canada and calling a war against all Christians and attacking the United States in response. PC-ism really hasn’t been our problem over the last 6 years, it’s been total, absolute, idiocy.

When Bush became president he ushered in what looked to be a new era, where neo-conservative philosophy ran roughshod over common-sense. Suddenly, all our problems were due to a cabal of left leaning journalists and all the PC-liberals. When 9/11 came and people pointed that Iraq had nothing to do with that - those people were ridiculed as being PC or worse.

Finally, the real threat to America is that our economy is unravelling. We are deep in debt. Too deep to pay it back, and everyone knows it. Our resources are wasted. The dollar’s value is disappearing. The housing market bubble is bursting. We have several domestic emergencies and no money to solve them.

All of this is because we went into Iraq and are staying there. So, when you say that Democrats are responsible for losing this war because of their PC-ism, my jaw drops. Neo-cons put us in the hole we’re in. If you didnt’ see it before you never will.

Posted by: Max at September 26, 2007 4:34 PM
Comment #234471
You didn’t really address the question posed in my post
I’m confused. At what point was I responding to you, and when did I say anything like what you claim? Did you mean to respond to someone else, like Beirut Vet? Posted by: LawnBoy at September 26, 2007 5:18 PM
Comment #234474

Lee Jamison-
I would probably say that “political correctness” is a boogieman, more than anything, and the problems in Europe have more to do with what you might call politically incorrect ideas, instead.

That is, unless you consider discriminating against Muslims, Turks and Arabs politically correct. Or denying people full citizenship on account of fears of foreign infiltration. Or requiring people to use the official language to talk with officials.

The real problem in Europe is that they’re not properly welcoming the populations they brought in to do their work for them. Having not done that, they remain foreign objects lodged in the body politic, rather than integrated members of the community, whose interests would be more aligned with the whole otherwise.

Beirut Vet-
Who are these people? Last I heard, we have not see hordes of Muslims making war to take over the west. Here’s the question, and it has little to do with PC: do you want people working for us or against us? Would you rather do what it takes to persuade the uncertain to our side, or would you like our real enemies, the ones who are committed to violence against us, to become their friends instead?

The idea that these people have had more difficulty assimilating in Europe is not laughable, it’s documented fact, however much you disbelieve things You’d like to believe that their problem is that they’re being too kind, because that would suit the prejudice that

a) European governments are all far-left,

b) The left there and here are the same,

and

c) left-wing governments are all appeasers and wimps.

Of course, just because you want the politically incorrect notions you love to be true, doesn’t make them so.

The incidents you list tell us much about this. Jose Padilla is one of the few people we’ve caught here in connection to al-Qaeda. Next: Fort Dix. How many other groups have we caught like them? LAX was 2000. Germany and the UK were outside our borders.

At best you have twenty people in your examples, compared to the millions of Arabs and Muslims in this country. Do the math. You would think it’d have been easier to recruit from among us to get the operatives, but as it turns out, they had to import terrorists to pull off 9/11.

On the subject of David Koresh, you would agree that it would be insulting to compare the average Christian to his brainwashed followers, right?

If I started doing that, I could find a lot of people turning against me, people I could have had productive and rewarding relationships with. The point of being sensitive to the culture is not to compose poems with these people and wear flowers in your hair. It’s to get them working with you, rather than against you.

The Right is entertaining these morbid fantasies of invasion and infiltration, and I just find them silly and ill-informed. We’re giving our enemies far too much credit, and inflating their reputations for the folks back home. al-Qaeda is dangerous, and so are our enemies in the region, but this apocalyptic talk just strikes me as paranoid. Paranoia, to me, is a weakness of mental discipline. It means you’re not knowledgeable enough or calm enough to distinguish friend from foe, threat from non-threat. We can and should do better than that.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at September 26, 2007 5:44 PM
Comment #234477

beirut vet:
No mistake…it’s a subterfuge. We’ll be taking over on…… oops, not supposed to leak that.

Nevermind.

Posted by: alien from the planet zorg at September 26, 2007 5:55 PM
Comment #234479

I’m no fan of Islam, but good grief…

Joseph
Surely you can agree that not all muslims want to kill every non-muslim on the face of the planet. Given that, your post will only serve to alienate those who fall in to that category. Declaring people to be your enemy is a great way to make them your enemy if they weren’t already. Like invading Iraq. Probably the greatest recruiting tool al-Qaeda ever had. Way to go, our heroic War President.

And if people want to start teaching kids about religion, fine. If they teach kids Christianity and other religions along with Islam, go for it. I went to a Christian school and was still taught all about Greek religion and Buddhism and other religions. But I don’t worship Zeus.

You might keep in mind that the far left you so hate is doing this in defense of “freedom.” If Islam ever starts pushing the door down you might find the far left pushing back harder than the far right. I’m a Christian and I can say that there are some wacko nut jobs within my religion not so far from islamic wacko nut jobs. Unfortunately, the wacko nut jobs within my religion have a lot more followers within the US and have figured out that the best way to destroy a system is to work within it, not blow it up. Thus they are far more powerful.

Islamic terrorists can blow up as much stuff as they like here but they cannot defeat the US in armed conflict. Nor do they have the political power to defeat the system from within. 9/11, as much as it hurt, was a bee sting compared with what the US can do to the muslim world. If you want to advocate for WW3 against Islam you can do so. Just please don’t call yourself a Christian while you do it. You make the rest of us look bad. And I believe the Bible says “blessed are the peacemakers.” Not warmongers.

Posted by: Silima at September 26, 2007 6:19 PM
Comment #234502

America has a sad history of trying to separate the ‘real americans’ from the dirty immigrants. The pledge of allegiance being a primary example. It was implemented to ensure that anyone coming into the country didn’t keep any ties to their homeland, that they pledge their fealty to the US. Then when we were afraid of the nasty godless commies we added the ‘Under God’ part.

When people realize that we are all individuals with different motivations and reasons for doing anything we do, not just groups marching in lockstep with each other, we might, MIGHT, get past the idiotic labels and fears of the differences we share and embrace the thankful truth that we are all unique and each have our own thoughts and views to share with each other, bettering ourselves in experiences and knowledge that we may have not been previously exposed to.

That we have the ability to pick and choose what we want to assimilate into our own INDIVIDUAL lives, further becoming more unique and special, is the true power that this country has in abundance over any other, and the main reason we live in the greatest country in the world at this time in history over any other before us. What we can achieve and become in the future, if we embrace these ideals, and throw off the yoke of fear, envy and irrational hatred of those different than us, is beyond anything that our limited experience can imagine.

I, for one, look forward to that future and abhor the type of future that grouping and classifications that both ‘major’ parties want to subject us all to.

Posted by: Rhinehold at September 26, 2007 11:27 PM
Comment #234541

Joseph,

Political Correctness, European style! For God’s sake, a cartoon sparked radicalization in the Muslim community peppered throughout Europe.

Yeah, sure, and your best example of how much European are locked in political correctness is that they actually published the cartoon ANYWAY!?

Make so much sense. Not.

A drawing of a cartoon character and the Religion of Peace goes berserk and torches half or Europe.

Please provides link to back such claim.
Unless, that’s just your opinion and, I fear, a sign you’re confusing with Paris suburbs “riots” in 2005, after 2 kids died after a police hunt.

Islam has basically taken over Europe which is on the edge of becoming a huge Islamic State.

Oh no! I’m wasting my precious free time trying to argue with a clueless poster. Again.
Stupid me.

Your trully european,

Philippe.

Posted by: Philippe Houdoin at September 27, 2007 10:47 AM
Comment #234548

Beirut Vet,

Is it insensitive to portray islam as it truly is, a religion of hatred and intollerence? This is what the cartoons were doing, only with humor involved. I think the reason it sparked so much hatred was because the cartoons were to close to the mark. Think about it. Here were millions of muslims saying “how dare you portray us as violent. For that we will behead the infidel as allah wills.”

And? How many “infidel” beheading actually happened due to this cartoon outrage in muslim world? They’re free to express their anger against us, as you’re free to express your against them.

Free speech is free speech.

What is not tolerable is when either side stop rattle their sabre and start using it instead. Unfortunatly, both sides does this too often.

Posted by: Philippe Houdoin at September 27, 2007 11:53 AM
Comment #234550
9/11, as much as it hurt, was a bee sting compared with what the US can do to the muslim world.

Or had *actually* done to iraqis, who were NOT involved in 9/11.

What? I can’t say that!?! Why???
Sorry, Political [un]Correctness work both ways.

Posted by: Philippe Houdoin at September 27, 2007 11:59 AM
Comment #234555

Beirut Vet,

I hardly think that visiting Europe for a few weeks at a time, such as yourself, will not make much of a difference in the truth of what is occuring there. I for one have spent years abroad but do not need to be there now to see what is happening. This is the electronic age, you know.

Oh sure. In fact, I’m a stinky man who eat chess everyday and had no soad in his bathroom, a piece I use no more than once a year.

Or at least that what most of the electronic age american media are saying on french, which I am since… well, 39 years now.

After all, who am I to know better than a non-european what it is to live in europe.

Talk about being arrogant!

Posted by: Philippe Houdoin at September 27, 2007 12:14 PM
Comment #234556

SOAP, not “soad”, sorry.

Posted by: Philippe Houdoin at September 27, 2007 12:15 PM
Comment #235269

Joseph,

Yikes!
I too have children the islamist terrorists want.
I too live in the United States and live amongst people of Middle Eastern descent. What do I do?
Oh that’s right I should shout, “I do not fear Muslim’s and if need be, I will defend myself from them and my family at any cost. I for one will stand up and say Islamic Terrorists are my enemy and I will take measures to ensure that my country will not, cannot, be hijacked by this so called Religion of Peace.”

I was really afraid for a minute. Thank you for all you have done. I needed that dose of irrational fear based on prejudice to jump start my fear that almost subsided from the 9/11 attacks. I’m calm now…..leary of everyone but calm. I gotta vote Republican. They know exactly what to do with my fear.
Go to a happy place, go to a happy place…better.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at October 4, 2007 4:47 PM
Comment #236265

Joseph,

Some time ago I dealt with your subject of PC to sort out my own thoughts. In case you are interested I copy it below:

Simply put, my definition is that PC is a miserable excuse for not calling a spade a spade. And particularly when it comes to human behavioral or performance issues. Its consequences for the quality of life in our country have been disastrous.
In order to deal with the destructive impact of PC on our American, if not Western culture, we should try to agree on a definition of it. Without a clear understanding of what this concept really means and what prompted it to become so popular in the lives of many people, we cannot expect people to do away with it, but we should begin by condemning its further use as the crutch it has become to hide their whining, selfish, unethical and unpatriotic conduct.
In my recollection, the root cause of this infamously bad concept goes back to the post WW II period, although the seeds of its birth may well be anchored in the years of the Great Depression. I believe it started in the 1930-ties when our valiant WW II soldiers grew up in a time when daily life was really tough for millions of Americans, there was real poverty, food was often scarce and expensive and unemployment exceedingly high.
Nevertheless, their youth was characterized by decent rules of conduct, respect for teachers, doctors, clergy and most politicians. They grew up in an economically unpromising yet disciplined environment. They learned right from wrong and had a good social sense of propriety.
When these millions of WW II soldiers came home in 1945/46 having survived years of combat, many of them were imbued with a strong desire to make sure there never would be another war. The GI bill allowed millions to go to college, with the result that after a few years, many of them qualified for jobs they could only have dreamed of aspiring to before. The economy bloomed, jobs were plentiful, many got married and started families. And they all shared the desire to see that their own children would have a much better youth than they themselves had experienced.
This noble and understandable attitude included, among other things, a more relaxed concept towards raising children. Maybe the famous Dr. Benjamin Spock had something to do with it, but having had little time to be loved and fussed about earlier when growing up, these new parents were going to make up for it with their own kids. Their new parental philosophy was high on love and permissiveness, ignoring to some extent the fact that kids are always probing the limits of it. As a result, innocent but basic rules of behavior and conduct were relaxed to the point where kids became adept at manipulating their parents and getting what they wanted almost any old time. Whining, crying and shrieking were proven tactics. Old-fashioned punishments were discarded. No slaps on the butt, no standing in corners, no writing lines etc, etc. Eventually, prompted by changing parental notions of education, many schools followed through by relaxing their rules of conduct and later pretty much eliminated disciplining students except in egregious cases of misbehavior.
Unfortunately and starting in the 1960ties, when many of these kids started going to college, their attitudes towards life and society had become totally different from their parents notwithstanding a nasty, relatively brief, war in Korea from 1950-1953, which, by the way, did not dampen anyone’s spirit because in essence life was good and could only get better. And since parents had catered to and spoiled their kids for 18 years already the youngsters were used to getting their way, even if a lot of this was traditionally considered pedagogically unsound.
This tolerating, forgiving and excusing of bad behavior, of slacking off, of allowing questionable social behavior finally exploded in things like Woodstock rallies, draft dodging for Vietnam, the urges to experiment with all kinds of things from communal living to drugs, to terrorism (US Weathermen Underground etc.) to loose morality, loss of educational momentum, a lot of parental grief and all the long term misery associated with these senseless and debouching activities. It set the standard of behavior for a lot of youngsters for the next 40 years. There was, and still is, too much self-indulgence. Bad language, sassiness and violence coupled with a responsive Hollywood apparatus producing more and more movies about rape, suicide, drugs and all kinds of other very unsociable activities became the new standard for everyday communication and learning among many young and some not so young people. We are on the downward slope of a coarsening civil environment and the bottom may not have been reached yet.
The spreading social and moral trends of this increasingly obnoxious behavior were not limited to college age students. It also started to poison marital relationships, affecting the traditional sense of commitment required for successful family life. Divorce rates soared and many children became victimized as a result. Single parent families have become common in many segments of our population, much to the detriment of the children. That in turn created increasing demands for special aid teachers in schools, who had to deal with failed parental responsibilities for which schools just are not qualified and should not be held accountable, on principle.
But there also came a point when it began to dawn on a lot of people that the painful consequences of this “life-style” of the “new” generation’s participants showed them often not having the strength of character to admit they made mistakes. Yet they mostly refused to make basic adjustments to their non-performing relationships. Instead their plight was politicized by persons of “independent” mind and spirit and before long the new mantra gained ground that no one could be or should be blamed for any of this. The right “to do your own thing”, regardless of consequences to others, became the credo of the age. It was called “Women’s Lib”.
The basic issue here is a fundamental conflict between personal, individual aspirations to find out what one might be able to accomplish in the outside world as an individual operator and the traditional, almost hidden world of domestic bliss in marriage and family. Unfortunately, these two “modes of life” do not combine well without exceptional organizational and fundamental commitment skills on the part of the parent logically responsible for most of the nurturing needs of children. The opposite was more likely the case, leading to conflict, drama and often tragedy.
In this new age of both single and dual breadwinners pursuing careers, bigger houses and higher paying jobs, many parents, but particularly women, failed to manage work and family adequately. Bt now, the result has been large numbers of children suffering serious behavioral and emotional consequences. Although it has been known for an age that small as well as growing children need a nurturing yet ordered environment, the result was that many grew up in very competitive homes instead, where parents, if there were two, were always struggling with each other for time to spend with the family and worse of course in single parent venues. This pattern became so widespread that society has turned a blind eye to the misery this practice engendered. It conveniently forgets that it was adopted years ago for the purpose that everyone could do his or her “own thing”, but now insists that it wouldn’t be nice to blame those parents for: “we know it is wrong but we don’t really know how to get out of it”.

But much more than traumatizing family life was involved in this spreading web of moral decay. Politics, media, up to a point business, sports, entertainment all became infected with mores that earlier generations would not have condoned, and for good reasons.
As an example, many people today “commit” to do things, like calling you back on the phone for instance, but forgetting or ignoring to do so. When reminded they just shrug and claim other priorities. This is basically very impolite, but today pretty much accepted as part of the more selfish way in which people deal with each other. In other words, the person or issue from whom you may derive an immediate benefit will get time, others are ignored until they are needed or can no longer be avoided. We must realize that it is the PC culture that allows so many among us to get away with this atrocious behavior. It depreciates civilization. Courtesy on the road, gaming any system in the broad sense, cheating, whether in school, government or business is practiced with abandon and starts at an early age. And all of this as a result of the earlier tolerance of bad, selfish behavior, but now condoned under the cloak of Political Correctness.
Naturally, with increasing tolerance for poor performance, the quality of education deteriorated across the board. Today, many people cannot do basic math, they rely on pocket calculators, nor can they write longhand legibly, nor communicate succinctly. General knowledge about the world, historic, scientific, social or economic is at a dismally low level. Of course, this poor level of education makes it harder to find a job and forces businesses to do their own upgrading of yet willing young employees. In school and college, it carries over into the low levels of interest in subjects like the hard sciences, history, economics etc. and certainly affects those who aspire to public service and politics. There are no exams required to run for office, for instance. In a somewhat exaggerated sense: as long as you can talk fast, glibly and project a popular image, a lot of people are elected on those questionable merits and become members of state or federal government. But many are neither qualified functionally, nor ethically.
As a result, of course, we see a lot of bad legislation from self-serving politicians wasting and spreading billions of dollars around to make sure they get re-elected, yet who have little or no in-depth understanding of the fundamental problems with which the country is faced nor a sense of commitment to reduce costs and make the country work better. Government has become an ever-growing jobs machine for the benefit of its participants. The public is taxed and burdened to keep the government growing while the country increasingly faces intractable conflicts that have festered for years, problems that will take strong, principled and intelligent action by a President and legislators to correct. Today, even a good President, like George W. Bush, is hamstrung by a political system that operates by different rules. The country finds few principled and intelligent legislators to deal with the problems and we know why. Nobody likes losing his or her cozy government job for non-performance reasons so priority one for every incumbent politician by and large is doing what it takes to keep the job. Interestingly, about 90% manage to keep their jobs forever in this spoils system we call democratic government. On top of it all these non-performing people are mostly immune to criticism. Personal pride in real accomplishments barely exists and honor is strictly among the thieves of government largesse. Ultimately I believe it’s a consequence of what we now call Political Correctness.
Tragically, we live in a social and moral environment where anything goes but where nobody, from high to low, old to young, left to right can be blamed for anything. There is a national loss of character evident in all this, particularly in politics, but also in education, entertainment and media. I am not at all saying that every single American is infected by this condition. Thank heaven there are many solid and sound citizens around us. But too many others operate in a manner that defies traditional American values and which continues to put our whole country at risk.
When it comes to our current Middle East problem, this lack of character, a consequence of Political Correctness so prevalent today, has given us many political leaders in Congress who only know how to just quit, retreat or hide their heads in the sand. They neither have the guts to deal with, nor the understanding of, the fact that we may be involved in a fight to the death, with a totally unscrupulous, barbaric, suicidally dedicated and well financed enemy. An enemy not fighting conventionally, but in the darker recesses of our own societies, using our remaining freedoms to subvert us and if necessary destroy us. A one-way declaration of war is in existence since 1996 when Osama bin Laden made it official. Why did he do that?
The fact that the Western world found the Middle East oil, developed it and then gave it to the respective local governments, thus creating a steady and ever growing flow of money into local coffers, has created no good-will towards the West. On the contrary, it has fomented and allowed to come into existence the most radical, murderous, anti-Western bunch of fanatics the world has ever seen. More than a hundred years ago very small numbers of these people (Wahabis) existed and were considered weird but not dangerous. Today, a goodly portion of the proceeds of the oil wells has produced tens of thousands of these people, totally radicalized by their religious mentors and prepared to sacrifice themselves for the ultimate cause of destroying the Western world. It is they who hate us, while many in the West throw up their hands unwilling to accept the dogma of so much irrationality. It doesn’t make sense they claim. Of course not, in OUR way of thinking. But in THEIR minds it makes perfect sense. And that is the fundamental and threatening difference between them and us. Hence the enemy’s decision to make us their supreme objective of hate and eventual elimination. But ignoring this real threat or surrendering a battle to the enemy will only make the next round in this conflict that much more painful and costly.
The current congressional insanity is a perfect example of the small minded, immature and shameful political conduct taking place, in view of the whole world, while we are fighting 2 wars on behalf of the whole civilized world and unconscionably risking the lives of many thousands of our military by shamelessly dragging them into the Washington “scape-goating” process. If this isn’t treason I don’t know what is. But it did stem from Political Correctness, in my view.
Today, this Political Correctness debacle encapsulates our attitudes towards all the ills of our society with the exception that, while nobody is punished, the President of the United States, who bears the overall responsibility for safe-guarding the country has been blamed for everything since he came into office. Interesting, but then exceptions prove the rule.
“”We harvest what we sow. “”
We now practice the attitude of trying not to criticize or offend anyone. But this attitude is coming back at us in a most unexpected and vicious manner. We know things are wrong but instead of standing up and admitting our failures and fixing things, which would be the traditional American way of dealing with it, we have started to blame the whole country and its history for our ills. Like drunks, we wallow in self-accusations and blame ourselves for what our forebears did to the Indians, we tell every foreigner how much better his or her culture really is than the American way of life. And most foreigners have joined this chorus. However, our own history and culture, while certainly not perfect, shows clearly what we have done during the past 100 years or so to save the world from its own self-destructive ambitions, for which effort we get scant understanding nor recognition today from many of our own people nor from a majority of foreigners who were the real causes of much of the 20th century’s problems. While they are trying to reconcile their political roles with their own miserable 20th century history, they are only too happy to have Uncle Sam to blame instead. So much for not knowing one’s own history.

We are at a stage where we have developed our own fanatics at home, who would love to start blowing the place up if they could get away with it. We already see this in more and more school shootings and other insane and destructive acts of violence against innocents. But also in the increasing numbers of plots that are uncovered and squelched by our Intelligence agencies before they manage to do their dirty work. But they are at it and sooner or later one or more will succeed.
We harvest what we sowed. When we stopped punishing people at an early age for bad behavior and allowed them to indulge themselves endlessly in the playing of violent video games, many did not mature properly and continue to carry immature urges of destructive juvenile behavior into daily life, with disastrous and perplexing results. Surely Political Correctness, as we now call it, had something to do with it.

The USA harbors a relatively small, but fast growing, group of Muslim people, around 5-6 million, according to the World Almanac. For some time now they are being radicalized by their religious leaders in many cities. Increasingly, they are making outrageous demands for special treatments and special arrangements while demonstrating that they really have no intention to assimilate into our American political and cultural mainstream, which they consider the source of all modern evil. We are the Great Satan after all. You might ask why do these people come here then. Conceivably, the ones that came earlier really wanted to get away from their own barbaric environment but today have been turned into silent fifth-column groups under new leadership by late arriving radicals and that is probably why today they show very little respect for the country where they currently live, but are forever complaining and whining about the fact that they are not being treated properly etc. They certainly do not demonstrate against radicals in their midst, in the USA, because, very likely, they are just plain scared to stand up and be counted in fear of reprisals by these new radicals. Fine situation we are allowing to grow here and fester in our own back-yard.!!! Instead of pulling the plug on this growing and insulting problem we cater to terrorism at home and condemn the violence in Iraq.
So what else do we do? We change the school menus, we provide all kinds of special options for them and on and on. Why? Because we are already intimidated by the barbaric, brutal manners they display in the world and are afraid they might do something hideous to us right here at home. This is shameful and irresponsible behavior on the part of our spineless state governments.
But today it seems permissible in the world of Political Correctness.

Question? When do we draw a line in the sand and tell people like them, who are really guests here, that we like our culture, that we will not change it for any foreign group of complainers and if they do not behave and demonstrate their intent to assimilate, their visas will expire instantly, after which they will be expelled, if they haven’t left already.
There would be condemnations from pseudo allies and all kinds of Middle Eastern regimes and mobs wherever as well as from our own local do-gooders about this, but it is time to call a spade a spade, stop appeasing offending and insulting cultural barbarians and accept the consequences. WE are not making the world more dangerous to live in, THEY ARE !!!!
Just to have to make this point, already demonstrates the sorry state we are in, fearful of consequences of criticizing foreigners who, in our own country, are beginning to tyrannize our society with their inappropriate demands while threatening us with dire consequences if we do not immediately accept their dictates.
This is spineless surrender and of a piece with all those Members of Congress who want to cut and run from the Middle East.
Who else is going to stop these maniacs if we don’t. The Europeans? The Russians? The Saudis?
But in the end do blame Political Correctness for our ills.

Posted by: Fred Engel at October 16, 2007 8:43 PM
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