It’s time for a witch hunt. That witch is Political Correctness!! Witch you say? Isn’t that a bit harsh? After all, Political Correctness is funny and amusing, and doesn’t hurt anyone, right?
One of the things that we Americans love about our constitutional amendments is Free Speech. One would think that this is pretty high on the priority list, as it is the First Amendment. We all seem to think that this is a very important right, and I’m right there waving the flag on that one! However, in recent years, it has become fashionable to be “Politically Correct”. What this amounts to is a self-imposed limitation on free speech. Burn the witch!
How could this be? Are we really giving up some of what is universally recognized as a key American tenet? What’s next? Baseball? Apple Pie? Horrors, Agnes!
Okay, I get why all this started. We can choose our wording to be hurtful or not, and whenever possible we should strive not to be hurtful. Racial slurs, gender bashing and so forth really should not have a place in modern America.
On the other hand, we are driving full steam ahead into some rather dangerous territory. If you “call a spade a spade” these days, you will no doubt garner disapproving looks or comments at the very least. This process seems to be accelerating, so the parameters of what is “correct” and “acceptable” are narrowing daily. People trip and stumble all over themselves in an effort not to “cross that line”, and in the process actual problems are caused. Here are a couple of examples that pop up in my mind:
Problem #1 – We are weakening our kids’ psyches. Yes, little Johnny, when you are playing baseball, and your team does not win, you Lose. That shouldn’t be damaging, but it is perceived that way in many circles. You hear garbage like “everyone is a winner”, or “he’s not a Loser, he’s a uniquely fortuned individual on an alternative career path”. Puhleease! If you want a good laugh, check out some of these gems. To me, this is like my diatribe on hand sanitizer. Do we really want to raise a generation of weak-minded people who can’t deal with reality? Let’s give them some matches instead and help them burn the witch.
Problem #2 – trying not to racially profile gets in the way. Security folks have to try really hard not to racially profile, or anything along those lines. This makes it very hard for them to do their jobs. Let’s see, if an NTSB security officer is busy with a random strip-search of an 85 year old grandmother with a walker, they have to let the swarthy young man with the shifty expression behind her go by because it’s random, don’t you know. This doesn’t make me feel very secure, if I’m a fellow passenger. Can we please stop being so sensitive, and get the job done? C’mon, NTSB, pull out that Tazer you love so much and Taze the witch.
Problem #3 – The workplace is becoming littered with land-mines. I do see sexual harassment as an issue which should not be ignored. However, in other areas we tend to be overly careful. Let’s have a meeting and downsize the witch.
Problem #4 – The media has to be very careful when reporting a story. Now, this one I don’t necessarily think is such a bad thing, given the media’s track record. However, when stories have to be diluted and presented with mealy-mouthed verbiage just to not offend anyone, we’re going too far. The top news story should start with “Ding Dong, the Witch is dead”.