Censorship begins with politically correct language

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Here is a little joke, stop me if you have heard this one. A white guy, a black guy, a Mexican, an Italian, and a Jew all wander into a bar…

Really, I had better stop myself before I end up offending someone and getting the mobs with pitch-forks and torches to start howling for the blood of the Griffon News.

It just wouldn’t be politically correct to go on.

I have no patience for politically correct speech. I think the whole concept is another step for mankind’s descent to hell.

Are we, in this country, really so foreign to real hardships that we have to make speech into something more powerful than it is?

When I was a child, my parents and the teachers at my schools would tell me this little rhyme to put things into perspective; sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Has everyone forgotten that little ditty? Say the wrong thing these days and it can hurt so much worse than rocks or rods.

It can hurt your job, your wallet, your reputation, and even your freedom.

I bet Don Imus would have rather been beaten with a stick than had to go through the media circus gauntlet he had to go through.

Encarta defines Politically Correct as “deliberately avoiding offense: relating to or supporting the use of language or conduct that deliberately avoids giving offense, e.g. on the basis of ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”

But that is not all that it means.

For Stalin’s Russia, it meant saying things that don’t go against the party line.

Take a page from Mao Tse-tung’s little red book and you can find the origins of PC.

Political Correctness is just another form of censorship.

I get the concept; some words are offensive, like “cunt,” it is a terribly offensive word. I am not sure why it gets credit as the nasty of the nastiest, maybe it is the hard C at the beginning and the hard T at the end.
Maybe there should be someone to protect us all form that horrible word.

Maybe sparing people from the horror of hearing bad words should be the government’s job; after all they know what is best, right?

But doesn’t the First Amendment say something about free speech, even if it is bigoted and hateful?

Okay, so we let Big Brother tell us what words can hurt people. Cool.

It starts in the media and throughout the way people speak, next thing you know, people are burning Mark Twain.
Right-wing icon, President Ronald Reagan had a few cool things to say; one of those things was this: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

I wonder what words my child will be allowed to say by the time he is my age?

I hope he is still allowed to cry for help.

I hope he is still allowed to speak the truth.

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