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According to Wikipedia this just one of many definitions or explanations of “political correctness”. Political correctness or politically correct has been a subject of controversy for many years going back to 1934 America and before that in Colonial England. For the purpose of this posting the 2016 election is covered.

2016 US presidential election.
In 2015 and 2016, leading up to the 2016 United States presidential election, Republican candidate Donald Trump used political correctness as a common target in his rhetoric. According to Trump, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were willing to let ordinary Americans suffer because their first priority was political correctness.
In a column for the Huffington Post, Eric Mink characterized Trump’s concept of “political correctness”:
Political correctness is a controversial social force in a nation with a constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression, and it raises legitimate issues well worth discussing and debating. But that’s not what Trump is doing. He’s not a rebel speaking unpopular truths to power. He’s not standing up for honest discussions of deeply contentious issues. He’s not out there defying rules handed down by elites to control what we say. All Trump is defying is common decency.
In the light of the sexual assault allegations and the criticism the alleged victims faced from Trump supporters, Vox notes that after railing so much against political correctness they simply practice a different kind of repression and shaming: “If the pre–“political correctness” era was really so open, why is it only now that these women are speaking out?” Following the 2016 election, Los Angeles Times columnist Jessica Roy wrote that “political correctness” is one of the terms used by the American alt-right
As a conspiracy theory.
Some conservative commentators in the West argue that “political correctness” and multiculturalism are part of a conspiracy with the ultimate goal of undermining Judeo-Christian values. This theory, which holds that political correctness originates from the critical theory of the Frankfurt School as part of a conspiracy that its proponents call “Cultural Marxism”, is generally known as the Frankfurt School conspiracy theory by academics. The theory originated with Michael Minnicino’s 1992 essay “New Dark Age: Frankfurt School and ‘Political Correctness'”, published in a Lyndon LaRouche movement journal. In 2001, conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan wrote in The Death of the West that “political correctness is cultural Marxism”, and that “its trademark is intolerance”.

I would offer that political correctness could be defined as “honesty” (certainly an oxymoron these days). Many Trump supporters eschew “political correctness for “telling it like it is” (another oxymoron). “Telling it like is” is in the eye of the beholder and not necessarily true or false but more skewed to suit the situation. This assumption of bullying, name calling and pointing fingers as a political platform is not new but really should have no place in modern politics as all information on anyone’s political bent and beliefs is readily available to all if one wants to know. The key to good government is in the hands of the people not in someone running for election. It is wise to remember that many candidates will and have lied to gain an office. It is well to remember that election campaigns have become expensive and we (supporters pay just a small portion) while the larger share is put forth by deep pocket entities that have an agenda that does not usually bode well for the normal voters. Looking at the rash of executive orders signed with great flourish by our TOTUS, there is no careful consideration just the idea of repealing anything Obama no matter what good comes from it. What is apparent to me is we have an administration that has no true direction beyond advancing the ego trip the TIC is on while governing goes by the wayside or worse left in the hands of 535 neer do wells assisted by unqualified Cabinet members with no ability to fulfill the duties of the office they are tasked with administering.

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