DUNETZ: The PC Police Aren't Trying To Protect Feelings, They're Just Trying To Shut You Up

Little by little the tyranny of political correctness has taken over our culture, language, and political dialog. Some believe it an effort to avoid scorching people's feelings, but the purpose of political correctness is to silence critics of the progressive point of view or to skew a conversation before it even starts.

In some communities, manholes have been renamed "personnel access units" to avoid offending women. Even though it is only Christmas that is an official U.S. holiday, communities have renamed their Christmas displays “Holiday Displays” in order to assimilate Chanukah, a holiday at least partially about a war against assimilation, and Kwanzaa, a day invented by a Black separatist group in 1966 specifically designed to separate people rather than unite them.

Remember the times when people would get their Academy Awards after hearing the sentence, “And The Winner Is…..?” Now their victory is a pallid, “And the Oscar goes to…”

Our ability to communicate has been badly damaged by the politically correct. Nobody’s feelings get hurt; everybody gets a participation trophy. The PC police are little more than jack-booted thugs attacking anybody who disagrees with their nonsense.

Their assault on our language and culture has a supposed goal of softening words they decide are hurtful, but in doing so they are destroying the true meaning of words and actions. Taken to the extreme, it means when a Palestinian straps a bomb to his body, barbarically exploding it and killing dozens of Israeli civilians, that person is no longer described by the press with the word "terrorist" but the less-damning word “militant.”

God forbid you use the term "radical Islamic terrorist," because if the PC police had the power, any use of that or similar terms would have you sent to Gitmo with the radical Islamic terrorists.

Today a tax increase is now a "revenue enhancement" even though either way we have less cash in our pockets; additional government spending programs are called investments, though either way they lead to more “revenue enhancements.” 

At the urging of the PC bullies the news media decided the term "illegal alien" does not accurately describe illegal aliens and started using the term “undocumented immigrant.”

A look at the dictionary supports the use of illegal alien for anyone who is not a U.S. citizen crossing the border without permission.

Illegal: forbidden by law; unlawful; illicit

Alien: An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.

Extrapolating the logic of those trying to corrupt our language to other crimes, if I steal a car and the cops come to my house and ask me to show the papers proving I own the car and I can't, I am no longer a car thief but an undocumented car owner. A kidnapper who can’t provide a birth certificate proving the parentage of a stolen child becomes an undocumented parent, and a criminal caught after breaking into someone’s home becomes an undocumented resident.

Words matter. Someone who targets civilians to frighten them from leaving their homes is a terrorist, someone who criminally trespasses the border of the United States is an illegal alien, a tax increase is not a revenue enhancement and additional government spending programs are not investments. Softening the term does not make the case more valid, it simply makes people wonder what they are covering up.

In a move that was supported by members of Congress, two weeks ago the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the six trademarks owned by the Washington franchise of the NFL, the Redskins. Yet the trademark offices database still features 15 other trademarked products with the Redskins name. The database also includes trademarks for products containing profanity and others with other politically incorrect terms such as Fags, Stinky Gringo, Retards, Coons, Half-Breeds, Nips, Beaners, Hillbilllys, Guidos, and Jesse Jackson's personal favorite, Hymies.

Our economy is falling apart because too many “investments” are driving our deficit over 17 trillion dollars; our porous border is allowing “undocumented immigrants” enter the country with no danger of them being stopped. And no one worries about the real danger that one or more of those criminal trespassers may be a “militant” with designs to kill American citizens.

But instead of working on government spending, cutting the deficit, or worrying about terrorists crossing the border, members of Congress are wasting their time supporting U.S. Government moves to enforce political correctness. And many of those same members who wasted time on the name of a football team blasted as a waste of time John Boehner’s lawsuit designed to protect constitutionally guaranteed separation of powers. Whether one agrees with the lawsuit or not, Boehner’s issue has to be a better use of time than selecting the name of a NFL team.

For those who thought the attacks on the name "Redskins" for the Washington D.C. NFL franchise were examples of political correctness gone wild, "you ain't seen nothing yet." Simon Waxman, managing editor of Boston Review, wrote an op-ed in Friday's Washington Post criticizing the U.S. military for using Native American names. He wrote:

Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters. Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe. Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle. Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden.

According to Waxman, the use of Native American terms is an example of the false narrative and denial of guilt by the invading westerners. He continued, "The myth of the worthy native adversary is more palatable than the reality — the conquered tribes of this land were not rivals but victims, cheated and impossibly outgunned."

He concluded with a suggestion for the U.S. Senate:

Perhaps the senators outraged by the Redskins name could turn their letter-writing pens on the Defense Department next. And when that’s done, there is the more important step, when these senators, and their constituents, choose not only to be offended on behalf of Indians but also to be partners in improving their lives. War and forced removal have been replaced by high rates of unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, illness and disability; by inadequate housing and education; by hate crimes, police harassment, disenfranchisement and effective segregation. Being a Native American means living, on average, more than four years less than other Americans. The violence is ongoing, even if the guns are silent.

So, sure, rename the football team. But don’t stop there.

It is interesting to note that in writing his polemic about the lack of political correctness of the U.S. military, Waxman insists on using the politically incorrect term "Indians" to describe Native Americans seven time while using the correct term "Native Americans" only twice.

That is typical for the PC Police; what’s verboten for others is acceptable when it emerges from their mouths.

The real intention of their self-righteous, moral indignation over the use of some words is to limit self-expression and the discussion of vitally important issues. By insisting on terms such as “militant” and “undocumented immigrant” and disallowing terms such as radical Islamist they have already put a gag order on the truth and skewed the discussion.

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