Political Correctness?


Ambivalent_FaceLike everyone else in this country, I have been bombarded for the past several months with the term “political correctness”.
You know, as in, “It’s about time we stopped all this political correctness.”  And “Finally, we have a candidate who isn’t worried about being politically correct.”
So I decided to look up the term, to see if it is, in fact, an avoidance of “political correctness” that Donald Trump is demonstrating in his comments.
Here are a couple of typical definitions of the term.
po·lit·i·cal cor·rect·ness- Google definition
noun
 
  1. 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.

    adjective

    Political Correctness- Dictionary.com
    1.demonstrating progressive ideals, esp by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, esp concerning race and gender

OK.  I get it.

To be “politically correct” is to speak in a way that avoids insulting or offending others who are in a somewhat weaker positions.

That seems clear.

So I looked at some of the comments that people have claimed are being made in an effort to “avoid political correctness”.   (I put aside the intriguing question of why one would choose to be offensive or insulting…..)

Quote Number One:

“When these people walk in the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh, hello! How’s the weather? It’s so beautiful outside. Isn’t it lovely? How are the Yankees doing? Oh they’re doing wonderful. Great.’ [Asians] say, ‘We want deal!’”

— Trump discussing Asians at an August 2015 rally in Iowa   http://www.usmagazine.com/

Quote Number Two:

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”June 16, 2015

Quote Number Three:

“You can be politically correct if you want, but are you trying to say we don’t have a problem? Most Muslims, like most everything, I mean, these are fabulous people. But we certainly do have a problem, I mean, you have a problem throughout the world. It wasn’t people from Sweden that blew up the World Trade Center.”  International Business Times

This of course, coming after his call for a “Total ban on all Muslims coming into this country.”

Quote Number Four: On opponent Fiorina:

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” Trump exclaimed in the magazine. “Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

OK.  I agree; this language is most certainly not politically correct.  However, I also found another definition for the speech from this man.  Below I have included a much more accurate and precise description of what I hear when I am forced to listen to him speak.

Bully- Dictionary.com

  1. a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

Bully- Google Definition

verb
gerund or present participle: bullying
1.”use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.”

 

It is one thing to avoid using vulgar language in an effort to sidestep a real problem. I suppose it is somewhat weak appearing to some people if a leader references “those of various races” rather than specifically saying “Black Americans”.  It’s another thing if a leader stands up and says, “All the blacks are criminals.”   And it’s yet another to use that ‘n’ word that so far even the Donald has avoided.

I’m OK with honesty.  In fact, I admire it quite a bit.  I’m OK with calling specific people out for their behavior when that behavior is dangerous, cruel or offensive.

 

But I was a teacher.  I despise bullies.  I have a zero tolerance policy for them, especially when they want to run the country.

So, I will temporarily throw my own progressive political correctness out the window and say what I think.

Donald J. Trump is a boorish, foul mouthed bigot. He is a hate filled misogynistic racist. He is offensive, ignorant and egotistical and he uses the vocabulary of a fourth grader.

There. I said it.

Notice that I didn’t label all middle aged Christian white male billionaires as dangerous blowhards.  I’m bigger than that.

 

Last thought: a quote from a ten year old, said to me recently. “I don’t get why grown ups like Trump. If he was at school, nobody would ever play with him at recess.”

 

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10 thoughts on “Political Correctness?

  1. Glad someone said it – bully and a blowhard and all the other things you defined as Trump! I think also people should look up the definitions of “tact” and “politeness” and re-think how they’re obviously defining “political correctness”.

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  2. The fact that this man is even running for the top position on the United States is appalling. I just don’t get it. I fear for your country, with the candidates who are currently in the running.

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  3. ‘Last thought: a quote from a ten year old, said to me recently. “I don’t get why grown ups like Trump. If he was at school, nobody would ever play with him at recess.” ‘

    The ten year old nailed it.

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