On the road that I live on someone has written the words “OBAMA FU*@” in some type of permanent chalk. Shocking? Yes. Vandalism? Yes. Horrible? As I took time to reflect on this last question, I realized that no, it’s not horrible. We live in a country where you won’t die, be arrested, or tortured for voicing opinions; where being critical of leadership is allowed, even encouraged, for it is part of the roots this country was founded in. Thomas Jefferson helped to write the list of grievances we had with King George III in the Declaration of Independence, and our freedom to speak freely is a right protected underneath the very first amendment.
Yet we live in a society where the ability to speak freely and exchange ideas is ever dwindling. Why is it that students cannot listen to a set of well-respected conservative speakers without calling out nasty and irrelevant slurs? Watch if you dare. Why are people protesting and shutting down Donald Trump rallies and denying a candidate his political platform to speak? Why are comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock refusing to speak at universities because of intense scrutiny and censorship of humor?
Universities are quickly becoming not a place where one goes to learn new ways of life and diversity of thought, but instead a place where young people are sent to be censured, to become not bold, but timid and singular in thinking. It is why political nominees like Ben Carson noted for his anti-politically correct speech at the National Prayer Breakfast and Donald J. Trump who obviously speaks anti-pc run with momentum and support.
It is because no one wants to be constantly censured and corrected at every turn. What is the definition of political correctness? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary it is, “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.”
But why such the fuss about offending people? Offense is not the worst crime in the world. We have all offended someone, that does not make one a bad person and every person who has walked the earth has been offended, yet we still somehow manage to survive. So the idea of offending someone does not seem like a strong enough catalyst to create such a radical change in thought.
The only recourse then is to look at the word politically correct for our answer. The question that raises first is, “If my speech is not political and I am not a politician then why must I worry about being politically correct?” The answer being: Totalitarianism. Totalitarianism is the politicization of everything to achieve a political agenda. We are beginning to develop into a Totalitarian society by enabling the power of government over all aspects of life both public and private enforced by censorship and terrorism. Political Correctness is the censorship by which an increasingly corrupt, authoritarian, and large government seeks to control society and the individual.
Look around. What political groups are promoting programs that give government more control over personal aspects of life like healthcare and education and cause government to grow larger? What parties have corrupt officials and candidates? What groups promote political correctness and who do they associate with and what are their agendas?
If we are not careful, and if we do not question authoritarianism and censorship we are sure to lose our rights. Political correctness has indeed gone too far if we want to continue to live in a society that upholds the basic right to freedom of speech.