The Free Dictionary.com may offer a better definition of political correctness: “Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political, and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.”
I think that anytime we have a loud-mouthed group of people—often known as a mob—we have examples of the diversity of modern-day political correctness. And it doesn’t matter if these mobs are conservatives, liberals, libertarians, fascists, communists, organized cyber sociopaths (bullies and trolls) or fundamentalist Christians. When any group of any size uses its numbers as organized clout to force or limit the behavior of others—that is an example of political correctness gone mad.
Another example of political correctness across the political-religious divide is the parenting self-esteem movement that is often blamed on liberals.
But when you research this parenting movement to its roots near the end of the 19th century and discover who then promoted it starting in the middle of the 20th century, you learn that Christianity and the Church gave a hardy boost from the pulpit encouraging parents to inflate the self-esteem of children.
In addition, the U.S. Catholic Church published textbooks for its parochial schools that promoted boosting self-esteem in children. Can anyone make a case for the Church being liberal in its political/religious ideology?
The bully pulpit of political correctness that supports the method of permissive self-esteem parenting is loud and aggressive—proof was the viral politically-correct debate of Intolerance and Ignorance of Amy Chua’s book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother starting January, 2011 on Amazon and in the media. Chua even received death threats from some self-esteem parenting fanatics demonstrating how far a member of a politically correct mob is willing to go to support what he or she believes everyone should be forced to do.
Did you know that America’s Founding Fathers hated democracy and built a Republic with checks and balances, because they firmly believed that an unfettered democracy—what we have today—would lead to mob rule?
Our ignorance of history—which has led to a love of democracy—is causing us to surrender our freedoms at an alarming rate through the pressure of politically correct mobs from the left and right who both want to decide how everyone else should live his or her life.
For example, regarding abortion—the Pro-Life movement versus Pro-Choice—during the time of America’s Founding Fathers, “Following English law, abortion was legal in the American colonies until the time of ‘quickening’ in the fetus, when the baby started to move, usually around the fourth month of pregnancy.”
In fact, Benjamin Franklin did not object to abortion per se … and Thomas Jefferson put no moral judgment on abortion, either. Source: American Creation.com
What do you think of political correctness that aims to restrict the choices of so-called free and democratic people?
- Related and recommended: The happy death of “political correctness” for those who think. Thank Obama.
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.
His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.
And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.
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