There is an all-pervading problem going unnoticed by many in the United States. Although wasteful spending, big government policies, and corruption have exhausted and equally crippled our economy, this problem poses a greater threat to our livelihood. That problem is political correctness.
A recent Rasmussen Report poll revealed that 79 percent of Americans think political correctness is problematic in America.
What is political correctness, and who is responsible for it?
It is important to note that political correctness derives from Cultural Marxism. This connection is expounded below:
If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I.
Bill Lind of Accuracy in Academia attributes Cultural Marxism to the Frankfurt School in Germany.
In 1923, the Frankfurt School—best known as the Institute for Social Research—was established with the task of translating Marxist economic theory into Marxism cultural theory. When Nazis took control in Germany, members of the Frankfurt School relocated to the United States in 1933 and found their way into American universities.
Their work also gave rise to Critical Theory, which is “essentially destructive criticism of the main elements of Western culture, including Christianity, capitalism, authority, the family, patriarchy, hierarchy, morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism, convention and conservatism.”
Additionally, one prominent Frankfurt School member, Herbert Marcuse, helped to champion Critical Theory so as to cripple free speech. Bill Lind also wrote, “Marcuse defines ‘liberating tolerance’ as intolerance for anything coming from the Right and tolerance for anything coming from the Left.”
From these findings, it is important to note how political correctness pervades everyday life.
Cultural Marxists have waged a war on holidays, word choice, free speech, religion, and a whole host of other facets in American society.
Below are modern-day examples of political correctness:
Terrorists are now enemy combatants.
Criticizing President Obama’s agenda is racism, not dissent from his belief system.
Quotas, not merit, shall be the chief determining factor of one’s entry into university.
Denounce the American flag and heritage, yet grant preferential treatment to other national anthems and cultures.
Embrace gender-neutral terms.
Demonize Christianity and Judaism, but give a pass to radical Islam.
Everybody wins a trophy. There are no winners and losers. Competition is offensive and mean-spirited.
Being pro-traditional marriage, pro-life, and pro-gun makes one homophobic, anti-woman, and dangerous, respectively.
Blacks, Asians, women, gays, Hispanics, and other “minorities” that stray from the Democratic Party are lesser human beings.
The list goes on and on.
As more Americans grow impregnated by fear of their own shadows, it should be duly noted that political correctness abridges one’s liberties and freedoms. Leftists—most pointedly, their Cultural Marxist peers—want Americans to live in a constant state of fear. If one does or says something that does not fall in line with political correctness, he or she will be ostracized and demonized.
Freedom is sacred, and the United States cannot not breed an environment that aids and abets political correctness.
Communists in the former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Baltic Republics, Cuba, and other formerly (or currently) oppressed nations, perpetuated fear and political correctness. They suppressed dissent and differing opinions through punishment, imprisonment in gulags, or death.
Cultural Marxism affected my family back in the former Soviet Union. My mother could not openly practice her Catholic faith, while my dad faced institutionalized anti-Semitism. Moreover, my grandfather was sent to a Russian gulag for 18 months because he wanted to practice his faith and hold private property. There, he nearly starved to death and was tortured. Many others faced similar, if not worse, circumstances back there.
It is undeniable that Cultural Marxists have placed Americans in a psychological gulag: one that leaves them mentally hopeless, uninspired, talentless, afraid, and weak to live like normal human beings. As a result, Americans cannot fall prey to political correctness given its totalitarian nature.
Regardless of party affiliation, skin color, or disposition, it is imperative to stand up to political correctness and demand a return to normalcy.
“Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.” -Ronald Reagan
Gabriella Hoffman is a senior at UC-San Diego who balances life as a student with life as a conservative activist. She’s majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. She serves as the Executive Assistant on The Rick Amato Show, and produces the “Top Young Con of the Week” segment each Monday.
Gabriella maintains her own blog at www.thegabriellahoffman.com. She is a regular contributor and staff member of UC-San Diego’s conservative paper, The California Review. She also serves as the Director of College outreach for Eagle Forum of San Diego.
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