Politics to go: Jeff Dunetz

No feelings hurt. Everybody gets a trophy


Little by little political correctness has taken over our culture and our language. In some communities, manholes have been renamed “personnel access units” to avoid offending women. Even though it is only Christmas that is an official U.S. holiday, communities have renamed their Christmas displays “Holiday Displays” in order to assimilate Chanukah, a holiday at least partially about a war against assimilation, and Kwanzaa, a day invented by a black separatist group in 1966 to separate people rather than unite them.

Remember when people would get their Academy Awards after hearing the sentence, “And The Winner Is…” Now their victory is a dulled “And the Oscar goes to…”

Face it, our culture has been damaged by the politically correct, nobody’s feelings get hurt, everybody gets a participation trophy police who are little more than jackbooted thugs attacking anybody who disagrees with their nonsense.

Their assault on our language and culture has a supposed goal of softening words they decide are hurtful, but in doing so they are destroying the true meaning of words and actions. In the extreme, it means when a Palestinian straps a bomb to his body, barbarically exploding it, killing dozens of Israeli civilians, he is no longer described by the press with the evil sounding terrorist but a softer sounding “militant.”

The guardians of political correctness have invaded every aspect of our language. A tax increase is now a revenue enhancement even though either way we have less cash in our pockets, and additional government spending programs are called investments even though either way they lead to more “revenue enhances.” Softening the term does not make the case more valid, it simply makes people wonder what is being covered up.

About a year ago, at the urging of the PC bullies, the news media decided the term illegal alien does not accurately describe illegal aliens and from that they would henceforth use the term “undocumented immigrant.”

The dictionary supports the use of illegal alien for anybody not citizen surreptitiously crossing the border without permission.

Illegal: forbidden by law; unlawful; illicit

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