What does it mean to be politically correct? I usually know when to bite my tongue, but I also slip up pretty frequently. I'm not talking about being deragotory or mean or insensitive. I'm talking about expressing my thoughts on politics. I have this uncanny habit of bringing it up at parties. Dennis LOVES it when I do that.
According to Wikipedia, Political correctness (PC) is a term used to describe language, ideas, policies, or behavior seen as seeking to minimize offense to gender, racial, cultural, disabled, aged or other identity groups. If we're all adults here, is it unreasonable to think that we could have a conversation about politics without offending someone? Well, it would be possible if people weren't so dang emotional about politics. Why? Is it because people often take the same political views as their parents or their family? And people's families are never wrong? Or people never differ from their parents views on certain topics? C'mon.
Whatever the reason for the strong emotional tie to politics, we need to get over it. It's not about this party or that candidate. It's about educating ourselves on the issues at stake and discussing facts. Let me say that again: facts. Let me say it louder: FACTS. Did you get that? If someone else has more knowledge, newer facts or figures than I do, please share them with me. Make me more intelligent and please share what you know. I know a little - enough to be dangerous - but I'm the first to admit when I don't know the answer and/or when I need to do my homework on a topic. I want to learn and be able to speak intelligently about politics because like it or not, it has an enormous impact on my life. And yours. And our children.
So, it's in our best interest to talk about politics. Simply asking the questions of a friend on why he or she believes something to be true is easy. Let me give some easy examples: "Why do you think that?" "Where did you get that information?" or, to be more blunt: "Prove it to me." Or, I'm particularly fond of "Show me why/how" (it has something to do with being from Missouri).
What I'm asking is this: Let's be brave and not be PC. Instead of worrying about being politically correct, let's have some political conversations. It's possible to do both at the same time.
Let's start by learning about the "global warming" nonsense.