Politically correct or bust?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s a term we hear bantered about in so many of the everyday things we think and do. The term is called “politically correct,” and it has become far more than just trying to keep in step with modern society.

Being politically correct seems to be invading all parts of our society. Nobody wants to be politically incorrect because we’ve been told it’s wrong and we’re wrong if we’re not acting, speaking or even thinking correctly with the “mainstream” of political wisdom.

When did our political system start dictating our attitude, our way of thinking, speaking, acting or just being ourselves? Is our political system now in complete control of how Americans must live in this the land of the free? In a culture that at one time prided itself on individualism, are we now being herded down a path of “get in step or else?”

There is a lot of talk these days about the First and Second Amendment Rights in the U.S. Constitution. Is it really politicians who now dictate how we must live in order to be correctly in line with their version American society? Have they changed us from constituents to subjects?

Somehow I fear we’ve allowed them to divide us into two schools of thought and labeled us Red and Blue. But why, with over 300 million people in the country, can’t we have various opinions? Are our political parties a reflection of the voters, or have the political parties divided us? And who is prospering the most from political correctness?

As an example, growing up I did not come from a gun-oriented family. We had no guns, so I don’t have a strong bias toward the issue of gun ownership one way or another. On the issue of outlawing certain guns from law-abiding citizens because of the actions of a few unstable people doesn’t make sense any more than removing prayer from government property and educational institutions because a small minority claims to be offended.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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