Political Correctness Stifles Debate

Political correctness may be the most dangerous thing facing modern American society.  Merriam Webster defines political correctness as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matter of sex or race) should be eliminated.”  The term PC often carries a pejorative connotation with it.  This is because we have taken political correctness to the extreme.  One of the first casualties of political correctness is often truth, so it is impossible to have meaningful debate when everyone is cautious of being offensive.  Let me start off by saying that this does not mean people won’t use fear and demagoguery to persuade voters.  This is an unfortunate fact of modern politics that takes an educated and keen intellect to piece through the noise sometimes.  However, it does mean that if you are not allowed to bring up certain subjects then certain problems will never truly be fixed.  This can be applied to terrorism, gun control, race relations, and a plethora of other issues we currently face.

People are not saying what they feel, because they are afraid the PC police will show up at their door.  Witness the rise of Mr. Trump.  Like him or not, you have to admit that he cares little for political correctness.  The PC Police on both sides of the aisle have come out hard against him, yet it seems as if his support grows stronger by the day.  I believe one of the big reasons for his rise (which seems to be leaving many of the political scratching their heads) is that Mr. Trump is not politically correct.  People are shocked that he could say some of the things he is saying.  Many still believe him to be a joke.   However, Mr. Trump is taking advantage of a political opportunity, and many Americans are responding.

In many ways, we have become a society that is more worried over tolerance than truth.  There are nuggets of truth in what many of the late night talk shows and comedians say, because they are not handcuffed by the PC police.  Their comedic license gives them a pass on being PC, so, ironically, some of the most truthful reporting we see out there today is delivered by comedians.  We need to respect other’s opinions and beliefs, but if we are to truly progress and have meaningful debate then it is far past time that we do away with political correctness and start speaking truth.

At the end of the day, truth trumps all- no pun intended.