Retired USMC Lt. Colonel RJ Wiedemann is credited, incorrectly, with this quote on political correctness:
“Political correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by the mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”
Colonel Wiedemann stated in 2009 that the quote was not his but actually a result of a contest at Texas A&M University. Research conducted by yours truly was unable to find the name of the author of the quote, but did find it to be the 2007 winner of a an annual contest by the university.
Other than the absolute humor of the quote itself, you are probably wondering by now why you have read this far. Before I launch tirade, I felt it important that:
a) I not take credit for the quote – I’m really not that witty;
b) readers were informed where the quote originated; and
c) the quote have some time to sink in to those that have never heard said quote before.
In my opinion, this may be one of the most witty quotes ever penned. Given the approach of which it humorously ties together inaccurate liberal-think with our modern media, one would reason it had to have been written by a cantankerous old military officer rather than a college student.
One of the shining components of the PC culture is profiling, or the lack thereof. To say that one is shamefully politically incorrect to profile another human being is analogous to telling a person not to use their ability to reason. For example, imagine a circle of five divergent people utopically holding hands and singing kumbaya. Work with me here. One is an elderly black woman raising her two grand kids, another is an Hispanic auto worker with a wife and three kids, a third is a computer programmer wearing a LGBT shirt, the fourth is a middle-aged divorced female reporter, and the last is an angry looking, 20-something, swarthy young man wearing a kameez (long shirt), hijab (turban) and a backpack. This would seem to be a classic collection of "desirables" in…liberal-think. All of a sudden, the sound of a timer goes off within the circle, the type associated with a bomb. In the last few moments of their lives, who do you think they realize brought the bomb to the party? My point is, at some point, reason, or common sense, must take over in order to save your life, although hopefully not that late.
To say one does not mentally profile is deceitful. Just like some other human experiences, everybody profiles, but some just don't admit it. If I told you not to think of a zebra, what are you going to think of? It doesn’t take an expensive scientific study, at taxpayer expense, to realize that profiling is an automatic human response of survival, also known as fight or flight. In simpler days it was also be called common sense.
But common sense has become a casualty, for many, of political correctness. Due to the PC culture, God has been removed from schools, the American flag from houses, bathrooms classifications have been blurred, people can enter the country illegally, small businesses, such as bakeries, cannot decide who to serve, and even certain words have been banned, to use as a few examples. (So much for “sticks and stones…”) The list has gotten endless.
This is because the Left started out eating an elephant in the most effective way possible – one bite at a time, circa 1985 according to research. And since the country was doing well, nobody noticed, and those that did, didn’t say much. And then some on the Right joined in. And gradually, over time, already deteriorating social values and standards were either completely obliterated or turned upside down. Abetted by Hollywood, a dishonest government, and a media intent on selling news in as salacious manner as possible, laws and taboo’s were soon enforced on those that would speak out over actions that seemed unscrupulous, dishonorable, amoral, or just plain weird.
No longer is it politically correct to remark that the king has no clothes. Speaking of clothes, in my research for this blog I learned that the library computers in San Francisco have privacy screens. This allows perverts, if I am allowed to use that word, to exercise their “right” to watch pornography without children being exposed to it (no pun intended). Think about that – at taxpayer expense, someone is accommodated a computer and privacy screen to watch porn in public. Do you suppose free Kleenex is also included?
Ever heard of a hate-crime? What the hell is a "hate-crime?" Why does adding the the word "hate" to the term make the crime any more heinous? If someone commits a crime on me and the same crime on you, but it is labeled a hate crime committed against me, are you somehow less of a victim? Is your pistol-whipping less painful? Is your house easier to repaint than mine? A crime is a crime, regardless of who is the victim.
Speaking of a hate-crime, in this age of political correctness, hyphenated words have become commonplace to set people or descriptions aside, as if that makes them/it somehow protected or even special in some way. If you have a special hyphenated label, how are you supposed to meld into this country? As you may recall, America was once said to be the “great melting pot,” allowing immigrants to assimilate into the United States, which thus became the envy of the world. At least that was the history I learned before the PC police got to the text books and altered history to their satisfaction.
I might be all over the board here, but that is also how you eat that elephant. And it is how political correctness got such a strong toehold, fanned out across the country to the point now where it suppresses thought and free speech in what is supposed to be the greatest and most free country in the history of the world. Just to write this post I erased words and whole sentences, concerned about potential backlash of upsetting somebody’s feelings...or me getting arrested. It took me longer to write this blog than the last four combined. Each word had to be reviewed and rethought. As a testament to how PC is driven, or least encouraged, from those “at the top”, it even occurred to me that I would not have felt nearly as comfortable writing this blog if Obama was still President.
In the end, what is the difference between political correctness and McCarthyism? The goals are undoubtedly similar.