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I didn't realize that our more right wing brethern and sistern were still enanamored with the term policiticall correct, but it still seems to be a peforative term with some magic power and it only seems to apply to views and statements made by those of us that are more progressive.  I've been trying to help out with programs for the homeless in our community and in defending the need for access to help for the 585 homeless children in our schools I was told that I was just being PC and that their families could take care of them if they only would.  Since I've never been clear about exactly what PC is I decided to create my own definition which appears  below the design.

Political correctness (politically correct; PC): The attack by liberals on anyone espousing traditional American values and ideals.  The drive for political correctness is so pervasive that to be politically incorrect results in one being labeled racist, sexist etc. and risk losing their social standing, reputation, possibly their job and even  being jostled in the street, being subject to judicial penalty and death threats.  The term cannot be applied to any conservative position or person.   Political correctness, therefore, is so powerful that conservatives are never in a majority position and are by definition, always politically incorrect, a situation which entails that they are right-minded and morally superior.  An example of political incorrectness which clearly hurt a career was Tim Tebow’s overt religiosity which has prevented him from continuing his career in the NFL.


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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Any Jackass can kick down a barn. It takes a carpenter to build one. - Sam Rayburn

    by Old Gray Dog on Sun May 19, 2013 at 01:22:46 PM PDT

  •  The NFL is full of (18+ / 0-)

    religious quarterbacks.

    Unlike Tebow, most of 'em can throw the ball where they mean for it to go.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun May 19, 2013 at 01:35:51 PM PDT

  •  I think we all know what politically correct is (0+ / 0-)

    and it's a little disingenuous to suggest that it doesn't exist.  It's alive and kicking.

    It's the progressive version of "Right Wing Talking Points."

    You think we don't have our own?  And that they are orthodoxy?  Or that you poopoo them at your own risk?

    _"Love is the rosebud of an hour; Friendship the everlasting flower."_ Brook Boothby

    by Keith930 on Sun May 19, 2013 at 02:40:53 PM PDT

  •  Good Lord, If Tim Tebow could hit the broad side (5+ / 0-)

    of a barn with a football he'd be set.

    I've been an NFL fan for most of my life, and I cannot remember the last time there was as great a disconnect between what one could do on the field as a QB, or any other of the "skill positions" on offense, and the hype around a guy.

    If Tim Tebow was even a less-than-average grasper of non-high school gimmicky college pap, he'd be set.

    And he'd probably be the Jacksonville Jags QB right now.

    As as the whole "PC" thing goes?

    I am a believer than Movement Conservatism is entirely about projection. They accuse you of behavior that they, in fact, are engaging in.

    Movement Conservatism is practically Soviet in it's orthodoxy and belief in purges for the slightest deviation from ideological purity.

    White people are not oppressed by black people.
    Evangelicals are not oppressed by Atheists, either.

    But you need to be able to fix the rules to suspend consideration of basic math and the common sense that your own two eyes should give you to make some RW claims viable instead of laughable.

    Thus. The accusations of "PC" ness.

    Because otherwise it would mean having to defend being a racist homophobic sexist asshole on the grounds of being a racist homophobic sexist asshole being who you are and why that is both Christian and Okay.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun May 19, 2013 at 02:48:41 PM PDT

  •  I think people often overlook the second word (5+ / 0-)

    In that phrase: "correct."

    RWNJs don't like it, but you're acting correctly.

    I've been accused of being politically correct. I just smile and tell my accuser that if the choice is "correct" behavior vs wrong behavior, I don't understand the big deal.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sun May 19, 2013 at 03:00:07 PM PDT

    •  What the Right-Wing usually means when they (3+ / 0-)

      start on "politically correct" is "You liberals won't let us punch down anymore without calling us out like we're wrong for doing it."

      They want to be able to make disparaging remarks and unfunny jokes about people with less power than them and we on the left won't go along with it.

      The last time the Republicans were this radical, they were working to elect former slaves to Congress. What a difference a century and a half makes!

      by jayjaybear on Sun May 19, 2013 at 03:20:46 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, I know what they mean. (1+ / 0-)
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        The point is that they're still telling us that our behavior is correct when they try to insult us.

        It's absurd. I simply call them on it.

        They think that PC is an insult. When you ask them why being "correct" ( a term that rightwingers came up with) is bad, they just stand there sputtering.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Sun May 19, 2013 at 05:08:12 PM PDT

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  •  One thing I've noticed... (4+ / 0-)

    The only people who are offended by political correctness are bigots.

  •  You know, I get that language is powerful (5+ / 0-)
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    and should be used in a way that does not hurt others if we can possibly avoid it. However, sometimes--and this is my own critique of the language police--there are people who spend more time taking umbrage over language than eating or sleeping.

    Sometimes, a waitress is just a waitress, not a "waitron" (that's my favorite I remember from college) and frankly, I would be much rather be called a waiter than a "server", which in my opinion is totally dehumanizing and sounds too much like "servant". I just use this as an example, but it's one some people would really get their cocktail aprons in a tizzy about. ;)

    But a good rule of thumb is if it's sexist, homophobic, racist or any other "ist" avoid it. That's not about being PC--it's just honoring the dignity of others and by extension, your own dignity.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Sun May 19, 2013 at 03:15:23 PM PDT

  •  yeah, they've never stopped brandishing it (2+ / 0-)

    i guess you are just supposed to be struck speechless with shame and remorse  and beg for forgiveness and advice on how to change your sorry ways when someone accuses you of it...

    so far i have never actually seen it work out that way, but  bless their dim  lil noggins , they keep trying......

    •  'Through My Fault, Through My fault, (0+ / 0-)
      Through My Most Grievous Fault'

      With the new English translation of the Mass, there will be a change in the way in which we will celebrate the Penitential Rite. This is the part of the Mass in which we prepare for all that follows by calling to mind our sins and asking the Lord for His mercy and compassion.

      i guess you are just supposed to be struck speechless with shame and remorse  and beg for forgiveness and advice on how to change your sorry ways when someone accuses you of it...
      Yes~! and you'd better be sincere and humble as you plead
      fer forgivness.
  •  That term was already stale (1+ / 0-)
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    in the early 90's.  I remember running across two reviews close together, one calling the new TV show Star Trek:  Deep Space 9 "politically correct," and one a of Aladdin that stated off with the words "Disney has gone politically correct."  In both cases, the reviewer went on to explain that the "political correctness" consisted of having a lead character who wasn't white.

    Another praised the Harry Potter books while adding something like, "Considering her history, it's surprising that Rowling didn't do something more politically correct - like the same story, but with a girl as the main character."

    Really, the term is just a way of shutting down any discussion of racism or sexism.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sun May 19, 2013 at 04:16:28 PM PDT

  •  the PC trope is such BS (0+ / 0-)

    since it is a pastiche of this origin in the Modern period and co-opted by the post-Nixonian RW from the joking, non-serious use of it by SDS in the 1970s:

    In the 20th century, the term was a European political usage among Communist and Socialist parties, which they applied pejoratively in their party debates, about what was and what was not the politically correct (official) policy to be voiced, supported, and abided — as determined by Josef Stalin, leader of the U.S.S.R., in his capacity as the principal ideologist for every Communist party in the world.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sun May 19, 2013 at 05:06:27 PM PDT

  •  In my world, political correctness (1+ / 0-)
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    is another term for "good manners."  When I explain it that way, the person who uses the term as a pejorative usually slinks off in shame.

    Calling out bad manners in pleasant but firm terms is good old Anglo-Saxon, and rarely does it not work.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Sun May 19, 2013 at 07:46:27 PM PDT

  •  Just explain you are't being PC you are trying not (0+ / 0-)

    to be hurtful.

    I try to explain to such people that we are careful how we speak about members of (relative) minority groups especially because it is HURTFUL to say some things in some ways to them even if we don't understand way or saying the comparable thing wouldn't hurt us.

    Obtuse people think just because they cannot conjure why sayign something would be hurtful, or it wouldn't bother them, the person is just being oversensitve. Basically they don't believe them when they say it hurts.

    I guess they think the minority people (fat, women, Gay, Black, Muslims) must be tryin to CONTROL what they say since they have "no good reason" for not wanting to hear those words. They are so dense they can't understand that their own perception is too narrow to see or feel what the minority person is.

    IT is arrogant to assume that because you can't percieve something or can't understand or empathise it doesn't exist. Really arrogant. That is what they are.

    Believe it or not, I have convinced two people to understand this, two Republicans.

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