By Jedediah Bila, Author and Political Commentator
Will all those who still have a backbone please stand up?
The term politically correct is defined by Merriam-Webster as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.” We live in a politically correct day and age in which one not only has to think before he or she speaks, but must also calculate the potential offensive caliber of every rising idea, taking into account—to name just a few—the race, gender, occupation, emotional and physical weaknesses, childhood trauma, self-image, appearance, and financial struggles of listeners. It’s a wonder anyone speaks at all.
I’ve come to comprehend the catastrophic havoc that preaching political correctness to children reaps upon their resiliency and fortitude, engendering instead fragile, insecure spirits. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way advocating bullying, suggesting that we should ignore vicious acts by one child toward another, or proposing that we cease to invoke the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What I am affirming, however, is that ingraining in children’s impressionable minds that they must fear their every utterance due to the fact that someone, somewhere, may take personal offense, is as stifling and detrimental as instructing them to feel persecuted by the hearsay of others.
Children indoctrinated with political correctness don’t learn the sincere reality that people can be mean, but it shouldn’t break your spirit. They don’t discover a sense of self-worth upon—heaven forbid—standing up for themselves, perhaps even answering back assertively now and again, and hence emerging from a situation with one’s head held high and dignity in tact. What they decipher instead is that it is rewarding to play the role of the eternal victim. They begin to fear speaking what they believe to be true, to hide the authenticity of their thoughts behind a shield of political correctness, and to in turn feel entitled to inflict that dishonest, restrictive limitation on the speech of others. These are our future Fairness Doctrine champions.
As an author, I do not seek to be politically correct, nor do I aim to coddle the sensitivities of my readers. I strive to disclose the truth as I see it, one that I hope will inspire others to work toward the growth and prosperity of this great country. I did not apologize for referring to Barack Hussein Obama by his full name during the 2008 campaign. I am appalled by clueless Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s aversion to the word terrorism and preference for the much gentler, kinder “man-caused disasters.” And I’m horrified that we have a President who shakes hands with the likes of Hugo Chávez and repeatedly bows to world leaders—both literally and figuratively—yet couldn’t bring himself to mention the word terrorism in his televised commentary following the Fort Hood killings.
I hope that this administration’s prioritization of political correctness doesn’t lead to yet another devastating attack on a great American city. And I pray that parents, teachers, and adults of all walks of life begin to take a good, hard look at our increasingly politically correct society, and to comprehend that a nation is only as courageous and supple as the sum of its parts.