2015 was the year the GOP officially went bananas over “political correctness,” but in 2016 their hysteria could be even bigger—and it’s all a bunch of hooey. It’s been a favorite right-wing myth for a very long time—starting right around the time that international communism was disappearing. (Coincidence? I think not.) But it’s taken the twin outsider candidacies of Donald Trump and Ben Carson to put the complaints center-stage like never before.
Characteristically, at a defining moment in the Fox News debate, when Megyn Kelly challenged Trump with his record of disparaging women–” You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals”– he responded by sweeping the whole subject aside, saying, “The big problem this country has is being politically correct.” That interchange—using the charge of “political correctness” to silence any further questioning or debate, particularly in the face of specific allegations—sums up the whole GOP presidential campaign in a nutshell, although as Dana Milbank recently noted, GOP candidates have since invoked “political correctness” when speaking about (or running away from) every issue under the sun.
A lot of folks aren’t exactly clear about what’s going on here. For example, over the holidays (P.C. Alert! I didn’t say “Christmas!”) some very smart columnists even wondered if “political correctness” might hurt Democrats in the election. But, as Digby pointed out, this concern was misplaced. “Donald Trump voters are not reacting to ‘political correctness’ they’re reacting to real, fundamental, social change,” she argued:
[W]hite men are losing their total dominance. Their world is changing. And Donald Trump is making it ok to be mad about all that…. [T]he true source of this resentment is not the alleged suppression of their right to say racist and sexist things and have everyone agree with them — it’s the racial minorities and the women having equal rights. The anti-PC issue is a smoke screen.
The Megyn Kelly interchange made this blindingly clear. Trump’s answer to her question was essentially “Shut up!” And it was hardly unique. As Milbank wrote, “GOP candidates are now using the ‘politically correct’ label to shut down debate—exactly what conservatives complained politically correct liberals were doing in the first place,” which is hardly a surprise, since that’s been the very purpose of the label ever since conservatives stole it in the late 1980s.
In the early 1990s, education writer Herbert Kohl explained that he knew the phrase from the Jewish working-class block he grew up on in the 1940s and ’50s, where it was used by egalitarian socialists to ridicule authoritarian Communists, most notably for their blind support of the Hitler-Stalin pact. “The term ‘politically correct’ was used disparagingly to refer to someone whose loyalty to the CP line overrode compassion and led to bad politics,” Kohl recalled. “It was used by Socialists against Communists, and was meant to separate out Socialists who believed in equalitarian moral ideas from dogmatic Communists who would advocate and defend party positions regardless of their moral substance.”
But decades later, the term was turned upside-down:
Given that history, it was surprising to hear right-wing intellectuals in the 1990s using the phrase “politically correct” to disparage students and professors who advocate multiculturalism and are willing to confront racism, sexism, or homophobia at the university…. The implication of these accusations is that people calling for compliance with anti-sexist and anti-racist education today are similar to the Communist party hard-liners who insisted on compliance with the “correct” line on the Hitler-Stalin pact.
It is a clever ploy on the part of neoconservatives, a number of whom were former CP members and know how the phrase “politically correct” was used in the past, to insinuate that egalitarian democratic ideas are actually authoritarian, orthodox, and Communist-influenced when they oppose the right of people to be racist, sexist, and homophobic. [Emphasis added.]
it is a plan by republicans to seize on a term make it a buzz word than use it to demonize and degrade, call them anything other than republican or conservative and they treat you like you killed their mama's we call it thin skinned. like they never thought it would come back and be used on them perpetual "i know you are but what am i".
for people who act entirely outside the American way they sure like their terms of disparagement those terms many were actual people or nations or religions that now thanks to Pres. are more receptive to us even during the last 7 years when republicans have made it clear they intend to tear down everything he's accomplished while saying he's made us less liked in the world today, there they go sweeping their dirt on his shoes again. more in article please read
“Happy holidays” is politically incorrect. “Merry Christmas” is politically correct.
“Black Lives Matter” Is Politically Incorrect. “All Lives Matter” Is Politically Correct.
“Radical Islamic Terrorism” Is Politically Correct. “Jihadi Radicalism“ and “Violent Extremism” are Politically Incorrect.
Now it seems that Bush was a PC wimp, given how ferociously the current crop of candidates responded, both during the debate and after:
Jeb Bush: Yes, we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism.
The RNC: Hillary refuses to say we are at war with “radical Islam.
Carly Fiorina: We need a President who will see and speak and act on the truth…Hillary Clinton will not call this Islamic terrorism. I will.
Rick Santorum: Yes, @HillaryClinton we are at war with radical Islam! You are not qualified to serve if you cannot even define our enemy!
Mike Huckabee: You’re all grown up now. You can do it. Three words. Ten syllables. Say it with me: “Radical Islamic terrorism.”this is the mole hill republicans tried to make a mountain of just like the flag lapel pin they want to force mostly Pres. and Hillary to bow to their usage of broad brush painting Muslims as all being terrorist and trying to make it seem as though he's a sympathizer when in reality he's respectful and aware that their broad brush has some bristle missing they refuse to acknowledge.
Ted Cruz: We need a President who is unafraid to name our enemy — radical Islamic terrorism — and will set out to defeat it.
Donald Trump: Why won’t President Obama use the term Islamic Terrorism? Isn’t it now, after all of this time and so much death, about time!
Donald Trump (again): When will President Obama issue the words RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM? He can’t say it, and unless he will, the problem will not be solved!
WHY WON'T THEY USE THE WORDS "RADICAL EXTREME RELIGIOUS RIGHT OR EXTREME RIGHT WING TERRORIST"??????????????