Political Correctness Claims Another Victim

Now I am really fed up. Political Correctness has claimed another victim. This time it is a liberal; Juan Williams was fired by NPR for stating his opinion on Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor . NPR is the same agency that published the offensive “How to speak Tea Bag” cartoon by Mark Fione. When Juan Williams contacted NPR last night he was told he had crossed the line. Really? Crossed the line? Stating his opinion and exercising his First Amendment rights. This, from the people who slam anyone who disagrees with their political agenda. On the road to getting canned, Juan also said this on O’Reilly Factor ,” I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality”. In firing a shot at political correctness the round ricocheted and took him out.

As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom I know firsthand the importance of “positive identification”. Soldiers can suffer dire consequences by not positively identifying a threat to his or her life. This also increases the risks that are already high to a service member’s life. We cannot positively identify our enemies if we are so worried about who we may offend. The right to not be offended has never been guaranteed by the Constitution. If Juan Williams offended anyone, well too bad! Get over it! Take it up with Juan Williams. He was man enough to say what he felt and I believe he is man enough to defend his remarks. NPR, however, is not man enough to hear his defense. Our tax dollars that fund NPR have just funded a blatant disregard for the First Amendment.

I very rarely agree with Mr. Williams. With that said, I absolutely defend his right to express his opinion. I know that Mr. Williams is a very decent man and a great contributor to his community. Mr. Williams’ career of over ten years is a victim of political correctness. In our efforts to not offend anyone, we are leaving a pile of victims in the wake of political correctness. The thirteen victims of the Fort Hood shooting are just as much victims of political correctness as they are victims of the radical Muslim who shot them. We can no longer call what looks like and quacks like a duck a duck, we cannot correctly identify problems. This blocks any ability to solve problems. You cannot talk about problems if you are rendered ineffective by paralysis as Mr. Williams suggest.

I, for one, am very tired of the paralysis. Offending someone does not necessarily make you a mean person. Sometimes being offensive is necessary for reality’s sake. We have to stop tip-toeing around issues for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. If I had a dollar for every time I had my feelings hurt as a child, I could retire (twenty years ago). Get over it, everyone! We will never resolve anything the way we are going.

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rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

The right to not be offended has never been guaranteed by the Constitution... that line right there is probably the best one I've read all night. That is so right. Love this Hub, and I will be following you. This is awesome.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Thank you for your great comment, Rachell. I am proud to have you following me, I returned the favor by following you back. I saw some interesting Hubs you have published and look forward to others that you will post. Thank you again.


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L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

I'm all over your hubs tonight lol.

+1 to this whole article. This age of sugarcoating is outrageous. You can't tell kids they're wrong, there can't be losers, so regardless of who wins, everyone gets a prize, no one ever does anything 'wrong', god forbid someone's feelings get hurt.

In a managers meeting I was told that the employees didn't like being told that they were wrong, when they made mistakes. They said it made them feel anxious. So, instead of being logical HR instructors, they jumped onto the feel good wagon and actually made it a rule that I couldn't tell anyone that something they did was done wrong. Also, I wasn't allowed to use the color red in emails. It made people feel anxious. Then it was the word 'error'. Too offensive. Then the word 'immediately'. It was ridiculous. If you do something wrong, you've done something wrong! If you don't want to hear you're wrong, don't do it wrong in the first place.

I'm a huge fan of giving it straight. Truth and honesty hurts less in the long run. That this man's right to free speech has been taken away, and his opinion used against him is ludicrous. Last time I checked you're allowed to have your own opinion, regardless of what others think.

Where the heck did all the big people go?

You also cannot tell someone to put their big girl panties on and get over something. Frowned upon.

This hub is great. Will be following you for certain.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Another great comment, thank you! Stay tuned, you will like my take on the Army's After Action Review if you like this one.


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TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I've found my freakin twin. We're going to get along just fine my man!

jim


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Thank you Jim! I knew we would my brother!


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

JT

Political Correctness, can these two words really be joined to make any sense?

It is more like Pure Crap.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Duck, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment! I agree, its kind of an oximoron like Military Intelligence. I guess Pure Crap is not very PC though, lol.


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

"Soldiers can suffer dire consequences by not positively identifying a threat to his or her life. This also increases the risks that are already high to a service member’s life. We cannot positively identify our enemies if we are so worried about who we may offend." Such a great statement and I'm glad you read my hub on prejudice because you are making a point about it here.In fact I'd love to put a link to this hub from my hub if that's alright. Police are also in the same boat as military.

I love your stuff here. Funny and true! Keep writing it and I'm glad to find you on hubpages.My husband is also a marin corps vet. We talk about this stuff a lot.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Laura, you have a "blank check" for linking anything of mine to yours. Your Hubs blow me away! Glad you like this and thanks for coming by.


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I printed this up for my husband and he loved it.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Glad to hear that, Laura. Now let's get your husband writing, too!

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