OCALA, Fla., February 24, 2014 — Political correctness will probably always be with us.
An invention of the mid-twentieth century, it was designed to combat then-common prejudices. The ideas was that if discussions perceived as bigoted became forbidden, prevalent stereotypes would eventually erode. Then, and only then, would there be true social equality in our world.
Interestingly enough, the PC revolution has spurned a host of prejudices and stereotypes in its own right.
While many can debate the specifics of this development, most of what is said really doesn’t amount to much. This has little to do with political philosophy, and everything to do with personal experience. The only people who can attest to the virtues and vices of politically correct life are those who have lived through it.
Two high profile individuals who ran amuck of PC standards 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.
“Not only am I an editorial cartoonist and a columnist, I am one who personally despises politically correct BS, and I don’t hesitate to let people know that,” Rall explains to Communities Digital News. “Needless to say, this has made me a lot of enemies on my own side. To which I say, whatever. Most recently, the Democratic Party website Daily Kos targeted me for drawing Pres. Obama. Literally. I draw him pretty much exactly the same way that I have always drawn him, at least since 2008, and I don’t subject him to different treatment then I do white politicians.
“They claimed that I was drawing him in a racist way. Never mind that they’d never said a word about it for five years. And it isn’t exactly like my work has been secret or hidden. The real issue of course is that my cartoons were critical of Obama, from the left, which from the standpoint of the Democratic Party, is far more dangerous than attacking him from the right. This is because I threaten his coalition. If the liberal and progressive base were to stop supporting the Democratic Party, that would be the end of them. That I don’t care about that. I care about the truth and I care about the left, I don’t care about the Democratic Party.
“That’s just one recent example. Under Obama, there have been a lot of attacks calling me racist for not supporting the president. Under Bush, my lack of support for the president of the time led to calls for me to be shot or sent to Guantánamo, including by major political figures like Alan Keyes.”
Roosh tells CDN that he is “now unemployable in corporate America. In my early blogging days, there was a witch hunt to identify me that was successful. My leftist enemies have published my full name on dozens of sites, including Wikipedia.
“I can only imagine how quickly my resume would be shredded after a Human Resources associate googles my name to find the nightmarish result. Because of this, I’ve had no choice but to make a career out of my writing, which thankfully has been successful.
“The irony is that those who criticize me with bigoted comments against men and the ‘patriarchy’ do not see diminished employment prospects themselves. You can have a blog where you praise homosexual lifestyles and share dubious ‘rape culture’ statistics and still get hired at any Fortune 500 company. It is getting to the point where if your social networking accounts don’t possess pro-women and pro-gay sentiments, you may be viewed upon with suspicion.”
What sort of future is there for the political correctness movement in America?
“I’m beginning to see signs that people are getting sick of it,” Rall says. “The economy is in terrible shape, climate change is a real problem, and there is a real sense that Americans have lost their way in the world. Whether you are liberal or conservative, it’s hard to see how the war over words is worthy of your attention. Recently, an athlete came under fire for being decidedly un-politically correct in his postgame narrative, and although there was controversy, he seems likely to come out of it virtually unscathed. That’s a good sign.”
Roosh claims that there will be “(r)elative economic decline. By blacklisting independent male thinkers from the corporate workforce because of their views in favor of safe-thinking automatons, you’re effectively removing talent from the labor force. What do these ostracized men do instead? Some expatriate, some drop out completely, and some do just the bare minimum amount of work to get by.
“Any country which places ideology over production and innovation deserves to decline. In other words, if you hear of a country passing laws that force corporations to put women on their executive boards without regard for their merit, short the “stock” of that country. If merit is not rewarded, it will disappear, and this is what a politically correct culture aims for: victimhood over work, name-calling over truth.”