Reader says Republican rhetoric encourages ‘wackos’
During the Republican presidential debates, the term “political correctness” has been repeatedly mentioned. The phrase has become a negative connotation regularly used by the GOP.
To the vast majority of conservatives, PC is seen as giving in to those they scorn – blacks, desperate immigrants, gays, poor, women and seniors.
The real meaning behind the concept of PC is showing courtesy and respect to other people with different views and ethnic backgrounds. What Republicans deride as being “politically correct,” most people describe as being “civil.”
When President Barack Obama and his administration refuse to call terrorists “radical Islamists,” this shows all Muslims who do not wish us ill that our government has chosen not label an entire religion with contempt.
It is very possible, if you wish, to disapprove of another person’s philosophical views, sexual orientation and religion and still respect each person as a human being. Otherwise, you not only offer disrespect but you are also dehumanizing a person.
When we hear people like Donald Trump and others refusing to be PC, they are telling us that it’s OK to be nasty, hateful, vulgar and callous. Do we really want people like that to lead our nation?
This attitude that belittle civility is a cheap way to stir up fear, hate and feelings of resentment. How is this approach going to “Make America Great Again” when it has been a major cause of our decline?
Sadly, this hate-filled style of speaking only serves to encourage the wackos and racists, giving them justification to go after anyone who is different from them.