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Chuck Pinkey

November 5, 2013

Proud to be politically incorrect

When the movement began to restrict smoking in elevators and restaurants, who would have dreamed that someday you wouldn’t be able to smoke a cigarette on the streets of Manhattan? Likewise, who would have envisioned multi-culturalism morphing into “press 1 for English” in America?

The granddaddy of them all is the politically correct movement. This little gem has come to bite us in the butt like no other. Just think of the jobs lost and the careers ruined, because of certain words spoken or benign deeds done that have been deemed forbidden by the politically correct police.

In 21st century America, the most horrible crime is to offend someone, and believe me, there are plenty of people just waiting to be offended. Worse yet, there are endless bleeding hearts policing America ready to “cry wolf” at the first hint of anything remotely offensive.

Recently, a white rodeo clown donned an Obama mask, and the politically correct police went berserk! Cries of racism were everywhere. My goodness, you’d have thought the Klan had burned a cross on the White House lawn!

Entertainers have been using presidents’ masks for years. Should President Obama be treated differently? If we’re ever going to get beyond race in our country, these harmless incidents have to go unnoticed. Not everything is a big deal.

Another PC victim is Hallmark, the greeting card company. They edited the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” on one of their 2013 ornaments to omit the word “gay.” It now reads “Don we now our fun apparel.” A spokesman for Hallmark said, “Today, it (gay) has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation.” 

The speech police are the worst. Good manners should dictate our dialogue, not some self-appointed politically correct avenger. This PC censorship smacks of 1938 Germany, not the good old U. S. of A. 

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