This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Revolt of the Politically Incorrect

   I  retired right at the time that the university went insane. Political correctness arrived.  The writer of this WSJ article has a great take on it. He starts with "2015 as the year that political correctness finally hit the wall. Many thought political correctness lived on in our lives now as permanently annoying background noise. In fact, it has been more like a political A-bomb, waiting for its detonator." He gives Carson and Trump the credit. His favorite quote is from Carson who when asked if he would resume waterboarding, answered: "There’s no such thing as a politically correct war."
 
When Trump called for a moratorium on Muslims until we "know what the hell we are doing", he got hit from nearly everyone right and left. His polls went up to nearly 37%.

"Welcome to the revolt of the politically incorrect," said the author.

Trump and Carson popped the valve "on pressure that’s been building in the U.S., piece by politically correct piece, for 25 years. Since at least the early 1990s, a lot of the public has been intimidated into keeping its mouth shut and head down about subjects in the political and social life of the country that the elites stipulated as beyond discussion or dispute."

Henninger gives us a clever list some of what we have had to live with: "gender-neutral, diverse, inclusive, patriarchy, workplace harassment, multiculturalism, dead white males, sexism, racism, "privileged," hate speech, speech codes, prayer in schools, affirmative action, respecting our differences, microagressions, trigger warnings." I am sure the readers can add their own.

Mr. Carson wrote: "Political correctness is antithetical to our founding principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Its most powerful tool is intimidation. If it is not vigorously opposed, its proponents win by default, because the victims adopt a ‘go along to get along’ attitude."

"The left found Mr. Carson’s PC concerns almost quaint. But the email traffic I was seeing last summer suggested the Carson anti-PC critique was a big reason for his surge among middle-class voters." "Donald Trump joy-rides the wave. An opening remains for an electable candidate who can point this revolt toward what it wants—a political win, at last."

21 comments:

Blogger said...

This one got me today: Reporting on the shooting of the Philadelphia policeman in his squad car, the mayor of Philadelphia wanted us to know that the shooter said he did it for Allah and for ISIS. Then the mayor went on to say that he wanted everyone to know that the incident had nothing to do with the religion of Islam.
PC on steroids.

Sarkazein said...

It will be interesting to see if the shooter served prison time before. There is heavy recruitment of Blacks by Muslims in prison. The preceding part of this comment was not politically correct.

Sarkazein said...

I remember PC started out as being about manners and bigotry, good intention. As all things liberal, it grew to become an assault on the First Amendment, a way to stifle debate, and a way to punish dissenters. It became the Thought Police.

Anonymous said...

The police official was engaging in doublespeak.

Democratus Rex said...

Political correctness has not affected the manners, bigotry or intention by the righteous conservatives on this blog. Nor, should it. Please speak your mind with the full knowledge that there will be no personal recriminations due to your anonymity. That is the threshold for your personal courage as well.

Blogger said...

Just thought of another, "undocumented aliens."

USS Rodger Young said...

Political correctness is why you no longer have war heroes. Chris Kyle kind of made it into hero status, but the liberal press and P.C. police no longer publicize our military heroes. Can anyone name the medal of honor winners from the Afghanistan/Iraq police action (it wasn't a war, not even close)? That's right you and I cannot, and the P.C. police don't want you to know. It might offend someone.

We had massive problems filling military combat roles from 2005-2012, yet I never saw one recruit poster similar to the old WWII recruitment posters. Why no twin towers featured on a military recruitment poster? The answer is because they actually didn't want 18 year old Muslim hating recruits going to the middle east to exact revenge and FIGHT. Instead, the West Point female Colonel very nearly convinced the Pentagon to begin recruiting ILLEGAL ALIENS to fight overseas. Luckily, hussein obummer ended the police action and we didn't recruit illegal aliens in place of Americans.

But I wouldn't worry too much about P.C. Your nation won't return to its former status. Stick a fork in it - done. Pretty much all you can do at this point if find regional locations replete with homogenous attitudes and go from there.

Cracker John said...

"Please speak your mind with the full knowledge that there will be no personal recriminations due to your anonymity. That is the threshold for your personal courage as well." Democratus Rex

AS IT IS FOR YOURS.

USS Rodger Young said...

democrapus perplexed,

Your somehow beyond what you speak of? Beyond reproach? Typical for a liberal socialist sheep - tell others the rules whilst ignoring those very same rules.

Have you watched the video entitled "No Guns for Negros" yet? Is that video politically incorrect? Be interested to hear your thoughts on this video. LOL!!! Stings don't it.

Your ole pal

USS Rodger Young

Democratus Rex said...

I would repeat the things I say here, in the public square, and do. You would not.

Cracker John said...

Democratus Rex said...
I would repeat the things I say here, in the public square, and do. You would not.

Oh we do.

You just can't hear us over your hysterical screaming.

USS Rodger Young said...

I see Democrapus Perplexed and the rest of the socialist liberals shy away from the "No Guns for Negros" video like it's the plague. Must sting.

Sarkazein said...

Political Correctness makes this fact bad to say in the pubic square and behind the White House podium:

"A new study by Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University found that of the 452 suicide attacks it tallied last year, 450 were carried out by Muslims."

Sarkazein said...

Showing the Philadelphia cop returning fire and shooting the guy wearing a Muslim night shirt in the ass is a good thing. Any videos of the Muslim shooter crawling around in agony with the ass wounded would be a good thing too.
A view of reality rather than PC's censoring of truth is a deterrent, not covering up the truth.

Happily Married said...

USSRY -

I actually took the time to watch the "No Guns for Negroes". I cant believe you are still hanging your hat on that steaming pile of shit. The video is sourced from CORE - a historically significant racial equal rights group that is now up for sale to the highest bidder. In doing my search for the title, "No Guns For" came up for Jews, Whitey, etc rendering the entire racially charged aspect preposterous. You are simply to stupid to understand that the NRA bought and paid for CORE and then produced these BS videos in an effort to scare everyone into buying guns. The "No guns for Jews" was the same as the Negros - included excerpts of laws from decades ago that are no longer enforced - or even on the books in an effort to scare whatever group the video targets to convince them they are being discriminated against when it comes to guns - and the truth is no one is being actively discriminated against. Laws that were discriminatory decades ago are no longer on the books. This country has evolved beyond this type of tripe - maybe you should too. Please provide an instance in the video where laws on the books specifically exclude Negros from possessing guns. I will say your allegiance to this video and type of video explains a good bit about your perspective and inability to function in this world. You really should not be allowed to speak again. Latest study shows Trump talks at a fourth grade level - it is all starting to make sense.

Cracker John said...

What political party put those laws on the books?

Democrats.

Sarkazein said...

Happy buys lock stock and barrel Man-made Global Warming with its lies, bad data, money grabs. The history of Democrat assault on Blacks owning guns is just that, a fact of history... she/he doesn't believe it no matter the history.

Happily Married said...

Cracker,

Not sure about who put the laws on the books. I do know they are no longer on the books. There is no law that indicates any disparity between race or religion when it comes to the ownership or possession of firearms. We can start a never ending blog on past idiotic approaches - including both democrat and republican. It might be more constructive to look forward instead. Lets just all agree that we, as a nation and as a world have discriminated against races and religions in the past and we are no longer interested in doing that. Novel concept huh? It is telling that in the same search a similar video for "Jews" and "Whitey" all pop up. The same laws cant discriminate against everyone - that's sort of the definition of discrimination.

Happily Married said...

Sark,

The history of Democratic assault on blacks owning guns is no different than the republican assault on blacks voting. We could argue all day long whether they exist. No party is any more righteous when it comes to discrimination - both have problematic histories. As far as global warming YES - I buy lock stock and barrel that humans CONTRIBUTE. No one has ever claimed that humans are solely responsible. The current carbon dioxide levels have not been seen for 800,000 years - directly attributable to the industrial revolution. You think you are smarter than 97% of the worlds scientists? - or 200 worldwide association of scientists. I wonder if we could publish a waiver that clearly indicates whether you are believer or not. If you indicate you are not, when the oceans rise and resources are depleted, you or your family no longer have any right to those precious diminishing resources. Would you sign?

Anonymous said...

Just as soon as you (HM) sign accepting personal responsibility, financial and otherwise, for any crimes or acts of terrorisms committed by the thousands of new Syrian "refugees" you want to bring into the US.

Sarkazein said...

"The Last Time CO2 Was This High, Humans Didn’t Exist." Also scientific theory.
Under your theory the temperature outside your house should be about 150 degrees F right now. Climates change... always have, probably always will.