Political correctness, free speech and common sense

Aug. 10, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Some thoughts on political correctness, free speech and common sense.

The term political correctness has come into the American vernacular over the past 20 years or so. I, for one, find confusion with its use. What does it actually mean? Does it mean we can no longer debate issues that others find offensive? Does it mean we should be free to openly ridicule others by the use of the 'N' word or their ethnic backgrounds? What about the climate change topic? Do we ignore the sciences, and the weather pattern changes that appear to support climate change and only consider the economic consequences? What about the "Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays" issue? I remember when both terms were used in conjunction with one another with no one raising a red flag of concern. They are merely terms of greeting or salutations of friendship with no underlying agenda of disrespecting Christians.

I do find the campus speech codes and the curbing of open political debate at the college level disturbing. I was a college student in the late 60s and early 70s when the height of the Vietnam War protests led to the killings at Kent State University and Jackson State University. Being a part of that environment during those times gave me cause to question the workings and motives of my own government.

It certainly does no good to demonize or ridicule those who hold differing opinions from our own. It only serves to create a climate of fear and distrust. One of the main issues I have with our recently elected president is his practice of ridicule and fearmongering. To clear the air at this point, I did not support nor did I vote for either of the two major party presidential candidates in the most recent election. I found both to be morally bankrupt, pathological liars and power junkies!

Consider the following Benjamin Franklin quotes:

"Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have and none think they lack."

"Common sense without education is better than education without common sense."

"The problem with common sense is, it isn't."

Mike Laza, Victoria


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