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Being a man in my mid-forties, raised in a pre-political correctness society, I have come to realize what is happening in our country today. We have compromised our principles and our integrity. Every day, it seems, in the midst of all of the political theatrics of the day, someone says something that offends another and before you know it, you may hear the words “I mispoke” or something along those lines. The average person no longer has a voice in society for fear of offending someone else. Case in point, Rick Santorum refers to Barack Obama as a snob for continuously pushing for higher education. Well, if anyone has noticed, where does Barack Obama give the bulk of his speeches? At universities or community collages. Rick Santorum has since apologized for his comment. Why? Mr. Santorum, in my veiw, is entitled to his opinion as is guaranteed by the First Amendment. But, as usual, political correctness ruled the day. Now, jump to the firestorm that Rush Limbaugh is now enduring. Nancy Pelosi marches out a Georgetown student to admit that she has sex so much that she can not afford contraception and therefore the rest of us should pay for it? Rush, in this case is correct. In my upbringing, someone that was that sexually permiscuous was referred to as a harlot, slut, or whore. But after Rush’s comments, the politically correct crowd has called for his ruination. This country, I believe, has come to a point where everything is acceptable, as long as the collective agrees with it.
The question that I now have for Americans is this: If our Founding Fathers were politically correct and fell in line with the collective, would there be a United States of America today? I dare say not. We have become a society where everyone gets a participation trophy. The new motto is, it’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. If our founders had adopted that stategy,we would still be under British rule. America is fast becoming a group of spineless cowards with the exception of those that stand strong against political correctness and do not compromise their integrity. One does not have to look far to see the damage that political correctness has done to American society.
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As near as I can tell, political correctness started it’s accendancy into American politics around the time of the Carter administration. It became much more amplified during the Clinton administration, and it has become totally out of control during the Obama administration. All one has to do is look at the current political arena. When the Democratic party controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency, there was absolutely no compromise with their Republican colleagues, even when the Democrats violated the US Constitution with the individual mandate set forth in Obamacare. In 2010, America spoke and the Republican party took control of the US House of Representatives. Now that the Democrats can no longer run roughshod over the will of the American people, they are insisting that the Republicans compromise on every issue facing our great nation. It is now a fact that Barack Obama is now basing his entire campaign on what he refers to as a “do nothing Congress”.
My fear for America? My fear is that America will become a mamby-pamby society that is dictated to by a few educated elitists at the top and that the freedom and intestinal fortitude that was installed in us by God and our founding fathers will become a thing of the past. We must wake up as individual Americans, realize our inner strengths, and seek the help of other like minded Americans to conquer our weaknesses. We must recognize our rugged individualism but stand together as one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.
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