OCALA, Fla., February 18, 2014 — In our society, there are certain hot button issues which can be painful to press.
A question that few ever ask is this: Who is applying the heat? To take the matter one step further, why not inquire about the reason for him, her, or them increasing the heat in the first place?
This leads to the heart of an oft-silenced debate over political correctness. Nobody can attest to the perils of PC better than those who have been castigated by it. Two high profile victims of politically correct inquisitions are Ted Rall and Roosh V.
Rall is a left-leaning columnist and cartoonist whose work is syndicated nationally. For years, he has provided keen insight about the follies of American political life; irrespective of whether this irritates leftists, rightists, or even centrists.
Roosh has built the career which every man surely dreams of. A career playboy who writes about relationships and the human condition, he speaks for a new generation of men that have no wish to be feminized. As one might imagine, Roosh’s politics track rightward.
Despite having very different perspectives, both Rall and Roosh speak to heart of being factually honest in a politically correct world.
“No doubt, political correctness comes out of the left,” Rall explains to Communities Digital News. “(Although the right has its own version. For example, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, conservatives used politically correct terminology of their own to smear opponents of the GOP and President Bush as traitors and un-American and unpatriotic.) I would say that currently political correctness is a bastard creation of the left, emanating from it, but not of it, and in many ways counterproductive to the goals of true leftists who seek to emancipate the oppressed and liberate everyone who is being screwed over.”
Roosh tells CDN that he has “never heard of a liberal or a feminist getting fired for their views, but it seems like a weekly occurrence that a mob attacks someone who shares a sentiment that is right of center.”
“As Voltaire said, ‘To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.’ You’ll find yourself in far deeper trouble if you publicly criticize women or gays than if you criticize men,” Roosh says.
“In fact, the easiest way to earn credibility in our politically correct world is to attack men with all your energy and passion (one woman even went so far as to write a book called ‘The End Of Men,’ which has gotten praise in mainstream publications). Ask yourself what would happen if someone wrote ‘The End Of Women’ and you’ll know which side of the spectrum political correctness falls on.”
Does the right play a major role in fostering political correctness?
“They play along, sure,” Rall says. “Ann Coulter, for example, has made an entire career out of deliberately poking fun at political correctness in an attempt – often successful – at riling up liberals and progressives. If leftists were intelligent, they would ignore people like her. Certainly, the last thing that right-wingers want is for the main discussion in American politics to begin to focus on the clash between the 1% and 99%. Or the military-industrial complex. Or inequality of wealth. Or labor-management relations. So yes, I think the right is pretty happy about it.”
Roosh claims that “(t)he right, through their spinelessness, has enabled political correctness. At the first instance of liberal rage, members of the right trip over themselves to parse their words or apologize. It’s clear to me that modern conservatives are not made of the same stock as ones in the past, and will do anything to protect their skin instead of standing up for their beliefs and the more traditional voters who put them into office.
“Political correctness places yet another notch on its victory belt every time someone apologies for something they believe in.”