Explaining Political Correctness

We have heard now for 20 years the term “political correctness.”  We know that liberals promote speech that is politically correct. We know that conservatives say the term with disdain. Liberals hear that and sort of shake their heads, thinking; right. you should be correct. That is what we are talking about. It is a clash of values, I think people know that but no one really understands the other side.  Here I am going to try to explain to both sides so that there can be progress.

Conservative, the liberal is promoting what they think is right, correct. So, what you need to realize is that what you are promoting as right is not comprehensible to the liberal. Either on one point, you have been lumped together with others incorrectly. For instance, they think you beat your wife and discriminate against women and so your calling God He sounds to them like promoting that. If that is not true, you need to clarify. However, on some points it is exactly what you ARE suggesting, you just have not made yourself clear. Why, for instance, is it better for society and for homosexal people that they refrain from sexuality. They have not heard you make a reasoned argument and think it is YOU who is closed minded.

Liberal, when the conservative Christian (and obviously not all conservatives are Christians and not all Christians are consevative politically) say “political correctness” with disdain, it is derisive because it is unimaginable to them how some modern upstart could suggest that their values, newly innovated and untested  — or tested with bad results — could be imposed upon other people over and above the ancient, wholesome values given by God, the majority religion and founding religion in this country — and often from all religions.  The hubris is beyond comprehension.

It is even unimaginable politically. In a democracy, let along a republic, how is it that a handful of intelligensia on one far side of the political spectrum impose their will on the rest? Without reasoned discussion?

When the elite oppress others for very long, eventually the rabble get restive. Then the elite suggest the rabble are only animals. This is what the liberals are doing. It is just that they don’t see it. They have no mirror. Conservatives are not communicating well. And of course, it is pretty hard, given that the media normally choose the worst, silliest  representative. Equal time went out the window a long time ago.  Narrow casting, now on steriods, has taken over.

So it is time that each of us become an agologist — giving a reasoned or impassioned — answer for the hope within us. It is difficult, I know.  We have faced so much discrimination in the workplace, in education, in the marketplace, in the media, and often in our family for so many decades. But freedom costs lives. Just as grandparents went to war in a literal way, and just as our brothers and sisters are decapitated across the globe, it is time to stand and speak and face the giant, the furnace — and our Lord standing up from His throne to greet us.

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