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Political Correctness

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at 12:13 PM

PC = Politically Correct

A term flashed around the city quite often is "PC". It's become a catch-all phrase to cover a host of verbal or written indiscretions that might offend someone. To be PC nowadays, you say a person of Spanish decent is Latino, and a Black person is that...not Negro or other slang terms....That's the PC way to say things according to whoever makes up the rules. I've actually had required corporate training on this stuff.

I'm not considered in a racial minority, but I firmly believe in embracing diversity as I think that is much of the foundation that this great country was built on. My folks taught me everyone is created equal, and I sure don't want to offend anyone by the careless use of terminology.

BUT...when PC-edness goes over the top, I'm pretty sure we're making the right choice on where we're choosing to live. I read several different web sites for news and entertainment, and a recent headline you may have heard about already was...

"No more 'ho ho ho' - Santa's are told to say "ha ha ha" instead of "ho ho ho" so they don't offend women."

Now I know this happened in Australia, but the company that set the hiring standard is US based, so somebody think's it might not be PC for kids...gimme a break!

I don't know about you, but when my grand kids (if I ever have any) come to the farm and we go into town to see Santa, I sure hope he BELLERS "HO! HO! HO!"

And another thing...is it OK to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Hollidays"? In the world of corporate PC-edness, fear of offending anyone makes "Happy Hollidays" the "recommended" saying. I love the meaning behind "Merry Christmas", and if my saying that offends you, then I don't think you get it when it comes to American liberty and freedom.

To hell with being "PC" on these two items in my book! Are we moving to a place with some common sense to go with PC?

We're counting on it!

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