Some people spend more time complaining about how other people say something than they do listening. This is a phenomenon we especially associate with “political correctness”. Here is the standard definition.
politically correct adjective (abbreviation PC)
disapproving avoiding language or behavior that any particular group of people might feel is unkind or offensive:
The politically correct term “firefighter” is used instead of “fireman.”
Carried to an extreme, political correctness is a form of censorship. Want an example? Then consider CASE STUDY OF A LIE: THE POST MODERN MUCKRAKER AT WORK: AN UPDATE. That post reviews the attempt by the news media and the H. Clinton’s presidential campaign to tar Trump as some kind of hater of combat veterans with PTSD. What is ridiculous is that Trump did not say anything that should have offended anybody. Instead, the news media and Loose Lips Hillary decided to take offense on behalf veterans with PTSD.
Donald Trump responds to a question about PTSD at about 113 minutes into the video. Trump’s response obviously indicates that he is sympathetic to those with PTSD and willing to make helping the victims of PTSD a high priority. Nevertheless, the easily offended decided to take offense.
I got two comments on CASE STUDY OF A LIE: THE POST MODERN MUCKRAKER AT WORK: AN UPDATE that are indicative of the problem.
Amazing, it appears that neither even bothered to listen to Trump. How do I know? I accidentally posted the wrong time where Trump responds to a question about PTSD. Neither had anything to say about the fact I had posted the wrong time. Neither had anything to say about context of Trump’s response to the question. All they wanted to talk about is the need to be sensitive to the feelings of people with PTSD. All they wanted to talk about was Trump’s supposed insensitivity.
What is sensitive about ignoring what people are trying to say and castigating them because you don’t like a few words? Is it more important to put our own words into someone else’s mouth than it is to listen?
To solve problems, we have to talk about them. To solve problems we must negotiate solutions. Because they are obsessed with putting their own words (and beliefs) into other people’s mouths, the politically correct risk being unable solve problems. If they are too busy trying to censor anyone who disagrees, the politically correct may even refuse to listen. That will just facilitate tyranny.