Politically Correct: Is it ruining our Society

With the 2nd GOP debate just finishing up and Donald Trump leading in the poles the one thing that keeps coming up is the word "Politically Correct." The term Politically Correct was coined and made famous by  author Dinesh D'Souza in the 90's. Since then, it has seemed to give everyone the right to all of a sudden become super sensitive and to take everything personally. As Trump said, "I don't have time for being politically correct, and neither does America" and I'm couldn't agree more. If anything is said now-a-days, someone will be offended in some way or another. At what point can Americans say what they want or how they feel without getting back lash from the pubic. I say all of this with the understanding that I don't agree with hate speeches, but I do agree that we can say what we want and express how we feel. Let's take a look...
Freedom of Speech
This nation was founded on a few core values, one of those being freedom of speech. Without this
very important fundamental law, our country wouldn't be what it is today. However, as I have gotten older I've noticed our tolerance to being able to say how you feel has become less and less. If you say anything about race, breastfeeding, gender (just as a few examples)  someone is going to say you are a bad person or you are making them feel a negative way. Even though you were just making a joke or expressing your opinion.

Public Sensitivity 
At what point in time did Americans become soft? When did someones words, who we don't even know, hurt us to the point of seeking legal action or even protest. 
"Stick's and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me"
My grandmother taught me this when I was a child, after I came home from school one day. I told her a little boy called me a nigger for the first time in my life. Truth be told I had no idea what the hell it meant. But in that instance, I was taught that I couldn't allow others to hurt me with their words. Now, I don't tell this story to advocate  people being cruel, but instead to show we need to not allow others words effect us so much. If I was able to learn this vital life lesson in the 2nd grade, why can't Americans today learn the same thing on trivial issues?! 

Literally Speaking
People don't always mean what they say, but does that mean I have to change the way I choose to
express myself to not offend someone somewhere? You hear someone say "Sometimes I just want to kill her!" Now all of a sudden they are a terrorist that wants to kill people. NO, they where upset and expressing themselves in the heat of the moment. There was no literal intention of doing physical harm to someone. Or saying "That's gay!" I will be the fist to say, I used that phrase a lot for a time. By no means does that mean I was opposed to homosexuality. It was simply a saying that we used in my school at the time. People need to realize that what people say doesn't always directly apply to them. It's not all about them and it isn't used to be rude, hateful or disrespectful. Instead let's focus more on the meaning of the conversation and less on the verbiage used. 

America was built on strong willed tough American people who were made out of strong fibers. But lately it seems that we are getting so caught up in political correction that it weakens those fibers that have made us strong. Say what you have to say, however you want to say it. Be kind, respectful and let others decide how they choose to let your words effect them. 

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