Politically Cracked

Tired of Political Correctness

When the phrase politically correct was first used, it had a much more literal meaning. During the early 20th century, debates raged between hardline Communists (who adhered rigidly to Stalinist doctrine) and the less dogmatic Socialists. From the Socialists’ perspective, the Communists had defined what was “correct” to believe, politically speaking. Anybody who toed the Communist party line was therefore politically correct.

If right wingers are aware of the historical connection between political correctness and Communism, they aren’t very vocal about it. I’m surprised; I never expect a conservative to pass up an opportunity to conflate a liberal idea with something un-American.

At any rate, the phrase politically correct has evolved dramatically since the 1950’s. When liberals appropriated the phrase near the end of the 20th century, they changed its meaning to something less Orwellian: self-restraint from saying or doing things that would marginalize or discriminate against minority groups, particularly those that are already socially or economically disadvantaged. Almost overnight it became de rigueur to say Native American instead of Indian (unless you happen to be referring to somebody from Mumbai, of course). Gender neutral firefighters and salespeople replaced firemen and saleswomen. And of course it became more appropriate to refer to your black neighbor as African American or, more recently, as a person of color (although the last term can refer to any non-white person). And Morgan Freeman wishes you wouldn’t bring it up at all.

While we’re on the topic… Don’t confuse true political correctness with mock political correctness. Calling a short person vertically challenged doesn’t do anything to avoid discriminating against a minority group (although it is kind of funny).

You can offend people and still be PC; in fact, making a conscious effort to be politically correct will offend just about any conservative. When late December rolls around and winter’s chill is in the air, try saying “Happy holidays” or “Season’s greetings” to an RWCM (rich white Christian male) conservative. I guarantee he’ll get so angry he’ll froth at the mouth. There: you’ve been offensive and inclusive. Everybody wins!

Bad American

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The following text accompanied this meme. My responses are interleaved with the original text.

This Guy Had The Guts To Put This On The Internet .
Praise God !!!

Hoo boy, I can’t wait!

YES, I’M A BAD AMERICAN
I Am the Liberal-Progressives Worst Nightmare.

What, a guy who doesn’t know how to use apostrophes to make words possessive? A guy who uses tired clich├ęs like “I’m so-and-so’s worst nightmare”? A guy with an unfavorable view of Canadian political parties between the 1920’s and 1950’s? Please continue.

I am an American.
I am a Master Mason and believe in God.
I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles and believe in American products.

Liberals aren’t actually afraid of any of those things, so I’m not sure where you’re going with this. Ah, you must be operating under the Ann Coulter Delusion – the irrational notion that anybody with a slightly left-of-center ideology hates God and eats puppies.

I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some Liberal governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican!

So…you don’t like paved roads, police and fire departments, and public schools? Or do you just think all those people should work without pay?

I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!

Ummmmm…congratulations?

I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer, it makes you a smart American.

Oh, well there you go. We can just close down all those tax-sucking public schools and give every toddler a gun. We’ll be back on top of the industrialized world in no time!

I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!

It’s amazing what you won’t see when you choose not to look. I think that being intentionally blind to the plight of other human beings definitely doesn’t make you noble. Racism still victimizes minorities. Deal with it. No seriously, I want you to deal with it on a substantive, emotional level.

I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, do it in English.

Great. Now I have this funny mental image of a non-English-speaking door-to-door Big Mac salesman.

Come on, dude. It’s McDonald’s! If you want a Big Mac you just say “Big Mac” or “Number One” (or “Numero Uno”, if you want to reach out…I’m sure you don’t, though), then step aside and wait for your order. If you’re trying to specialize your order to the extent that your language barrier becomes a hindrance, you’re putting way too much thought into a crappy cheeseburger. At that point you should probably excuse yourself and go to a much nicer restaurant where the staff is paid well enough to care how many pickle slices you want.

But it’s not really about the Big Macs, is it? I’m guessing you don’t like to hear people speaking Spanish because it reminds you that you have to live around people who are different from you.

I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.

And you’re absolutely correct; you just can’t force other people to do the same thing.

My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson that makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Is this still part of the liberals’ worst nightmare? I’m starting to think this is your eHarmony profile.

I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.

Liberals don’t hate every rich person; they just disapprove of the ones who give their workers a pittance while moving their massive fortunes into overseas banks to avoid paying taxes. I can see why you don’t hate them: they share your sentiments about keeping money.

Let me guess…you don’t pity the poor because you believe it is their own fault for being poor, right? Sure, sure, look at that guy living in a single-wide trailer who keeps expecting the government to help him buy food. It sure was stupid of him to get cancer and have all of his savings wiped out, wasn’t it? Or how about that lady whose only possessions are stuffed into a shopping cart? You know, the lady who constantly talks to creatures only she can see? Man, what was she thinking when she decided to contract a mental illness so severe that she couldn’t hold down a job?

When you said you believed in God, I assumed you were compassionate for the poor. My mistake, sir.

I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.

Again…congratulations?

I’ve never owned a slave, or was a slave, I haven’t burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you! So, shut up already.

Oh, you first. I understand where the slavery comments come from (stay classy, sir), but witches and Turks? Really? Are the modern-day descendants of the Salem Witch Trial victims seeking reparations? Is the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of some peasant who lost everything when the Ottoman empire overran his homeland demanding a formal apology? I didn’t realize…

See, nobody thinks you’ve owned slaves. That’s not the point. Slavery was abolished long ago, but minorities did not automatically achieve equal footing with their former masters. Even now, minorities suffer at the hands of institutionalized racism. Oh sure, nobody chains black people together and forces them to plow a field, and nobody says they can’t drink from the same water fountains or eat at the same restaurants as white people, but…

There are still people actively trying (and in some cases succeeding) to create laws that will effectively prevent minorities from voting. There are still cases where a white man can shoot and kill an unarmed black kid and the justice system has to be held under one arm and noogied until it agrees to prosecute. For crying out loud, man, you don’t have to own a person to recognize that we are not past racism.

I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country!

Um, you do realize that a lot of the people who are unhappy with the current state of American politics are in fact American citizens, right? Just wanted to clear that up. We have no country to go back to, and we are trying very hard to change our country for the better.

This is AMERICA .We like it the way it is!

Except for all the taxes, minorities, immigrants, atheists, liberals, people who talk about wrestling, and people who don’t ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles, right?

If you were born here and don’t like it you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you.

I love this country, which is why I could never leave it in the hands of people like you. There are problems (you’ve made that abundantly clear) but I’d like to help solve them, if I can. Also, once again, an uber-conservative rolls out the S-word. Congratulations, sir. You’ve earned an Inigo Montoya meme:

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I want to know exactly where the churches are that Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton preach, where they get their money, and why they are always part of the problem and never the solution.
Can I get an AMEN on that one?

Not from me. You can be an ordained minister without preaching in a church. I would have thought a religious man like yourself would know that. Then again, given your racist remarks and utter disregard for the poor, I’m starting to doubt your Christian bona fides.

Sir, you too are part of the problem, so let’s not cast stones, shall we?

I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what color you are.

Uh, yeah. That’s what police officers are supposed to do – as long as you’re actually doing something wrong. The problem is that some cops pull over minority drivers who have done nothing wrong. Statistics bear this out. It’s so common that it has a name: Driving While Black.

And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my drivers license.

At first I thought this must be another bit of anti-black racism – there’s been so much already – but I was having difficulty figuring out the angle. I haven’t heard much about black people who don’t want their photographs on their DLs (although I did a bit of digging and I can certainly understand why some people might be uneasy about it).

But no, this isn’t anti-black racism; it’s anti-Muslim, I think. After 9/11, a Muslim woman in Florida pushed back against legislation requiring that all driver’s licenses bear a full-face photograph. She ultimately lost in court.

Sir, I’m very happy that you have no problem showing your face for a driver’s license photograph, but I doubt very much that you understand what it means to have the state impose on your religious liberties (And don’t even start griping about the “Merry Christmas” / “Happy Holidays” nontroversy…that’s a load of crap and you know it!) When you smugly imply that these laws don’t affect you, you’re not making a poor Muslim woman look foolish – only yourself.

I think it’s good…. And I’m proud that ‘God’ is written on my money.

Good for you. A lot of people disagree. I could argue that the United States was founded as a secular nation so that we would not become enthralled to any particular religion (a decision – I might add – that affords you the freedom to pray whenever and wherever you want and to whichever deity you prefer). I know that doesn’t mesh with the right-wing fundamentalists’ historical revisionism, but there you go. The only reason our money bears the words “In God We Trust” is because a group of people who did not understand the value of America’s religious inclusivity succeeded in convincing the government to tacitly endorse one particular group of religions.

But if you’re proud of that, good for you. I guess.

I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don’t want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.

And if you’re too incompetent to design a ballot that anybody can use, regardless of age, gender, or educational background, and have the votes counted fairly, then I don’t want you to have anything to do with an election.

I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause.
Get a Job and do your part!

You dislike a lot of people. Why don’t you help those people out: hire them to keep track of all the people you hate and why. That’s got to be a full time job and it will free you up for other activities.

I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents.

Do you even understand what that saying is supposed to mean? By the way, you forgot to add the words “who aren’t gay” at the end of your sentence. It seems like the kind of thing you might have been thinking.

I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think.

Hmmm, this statement is vaguely hateful but not specific enough for the reader to determine at whom you are spewing your bile. My 11th grade English teacher would not have approved.

I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA !

Finally, we agree on something! Let’s get rid of the Confederate flag decal that I’m almost 100% certain is stuck to the back of your mud-splattered pickup truck!

If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American.

The prosecution rests.

If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know.

No thank you.

We want our country back!

It hasn’t gone anywhere.

We NEED GOD BACK IN OUR COUNTRY!

Then perhaps you should spend more time talking to the God you claim to believe in and less time being a total ass.

Tebow Times Two

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Poor Tim Tebow. All he’s trying to do is publicly display his faith, and he catches all kinds of flak about it. It’s not like the Bible explicitly forbids showy displays of religious faith. Oh wait, it totally does.

Anyway…the point of these memes seems to be that street-praying Muslims and openly gay basketball players have praise heaped upon them (or at least acceptance) while dyed-in-the-wool Christians like Tebow are fast becoming America’s new pariahs. Excuse me while I prepare a fictional list of situations in which Christians are persecuted simply for being Christian. (As an exercise for the alert reader, try to figure out which minority group each statement actually refers to!)

  • Christians cannot get married in most states, and in some states they cannot even form a civil union.
  • Christians are pulled aside for extra screening at airports just because they look Christian or have a Christian-sounding name.
  • Christians have all kinds of derogatory names hurled at them as they walk down the street, despite the fact that they’ve done nothing at all to provoke their tormentors.
  • Christians cause tremendous controversy when they try to get jobs that involve working with children, because people have an irrational fear that they’ll somehow cause non-Christian children to become Christian. But of course Christians aren’t interested in turning non-Christians into Christians.
  • Christians are automatically assumed to have caused every terrorist attack that happens, whether the actual terrorists were Christian or not, and Christians that had nothing at all to do with the terrorist attacks are automatically lumped together with the extremist elements of their religion.

Now I’m not going to deny that Tebow has taken some criticism because of his faithful displays. But how far must you climb up the mountain of ignorance before you honestly suggest that being Muslim or gay is actually more “okay” in modern American society than being a Rich White Christian? Yes, homosexuality has become more accepted, and the Keepers of Political Correctness have tried to stem anti-Muslim sentiment, but any reasonable person would agree that there’s still much work to be done. We are by no means the society of the paranoid super-Christians’ fantasy. Until the labels “Muslim” and “gay” become no more significant than “right-handed” or “left-handed”, nobody can defend the position that being a minority is more acceptable than being a Rich White Christian, no matter how much ribbing Tim Tebow has to endure.