Is This Country Going Nuts Or What?

leonaI don’t know if we’re turning into a bunch of spineless, whiny, wussies or if we’re just going nuts.  This endless quest to be politically correct in all areas of our lives is just plain crazy.

Take for example this pathological need to change how we normally speak.  TheUniversity of North Carolina will no longer use the word “freshman” and instead insists on the term “first year student.”  Has any woman out there felt the least bit slighted when referred to as a “freshman”?  If you have, put on your big girl panties and live with it.

And for all you actresses, yes, actresses, who prefer to be called “actors,” I’ll be sure to suggest to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that it eliminate the category of “Best Actress” and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” and you can all compete for Best Actor.  How would you like that?

Last year, the House approved a Senate-passed bill striking the word “lunatic” from federal law, without removing a reference to “idiot.”  The advocates of this waste of time consider “lunatic” an outdated, offensive term for mental illness from the U.S. Code.  If I had any confidence that the “idiots” in Congress could actually multi-task, this wouldn’t bother me, but I’m not confident that anyone in Washington can walk and chew gum at the same time.  With all the serious issues facing this country, you’d think this kind of “busy work” would be low on the list.  And how much did this waste of time actually cost the taxpayer in copying costs, time, energy, manpower (oops! perhaps I should say peoplepower)?

And in my state of Washington, our fearless leader, Gov. Jay Inslee, just signed a bill which bans gender-specific words in state laws, calling for the massive rewrite of legislation that mentions terms like “fisherman” and “journeyman plumber” – which will now read “fisher” and “journey-level plumber.”  Even “penmanship” has gotten the boot and will be replaced with “handwriting.”  Can you believe this crap?  Our ever vigilant Democrat state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, the bill’s sponsor said, “mankind means man and woman … [but] no good reason for keeping our legal terms anachronistic and with words that do not respect our current contemporary times.”  Well, if “mankind” means man and woman, then why do I hear people use the term “humankind,” Senator?  By the way, Sen. Kohl-Welles ranks #5 on the Freedom Foundation’s Big Spender List, having proposed over $24 billion in new spending.

“Person of color” is alright, but “colored person” is not.

An “illegal alien” is now an “undocumented immigrant.”

Even the real estate business is getting in on the act.  “Master bedroom” is a no-no – it’s now called the “owner’s suite” or “owner’s bedroom.”

People too stupid to know that the word “niggardly” means stingy or miserly are actually offended by the proper use of the word because it sounds like a racial slur.  Same goes for the word “niggling.”  Is this the dumbing down of American or what?

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised when our Administration continues to use the words “workplace violence” instead of terrorism when it refers to the Ft. Hoodmassacre or when it refuses to say that the Boston terrorist attack was perpetrated by Islamic jihadists.

What’s really amazing is that everyone is so concerned about whether someone is a “Chairman” or holding the “Position of Chair” or whether the guy is a “brakeman” and not a “brake operator” or whether the “flagman” is actually a “flagger” but no one seems to care that the word “fuck” is nonchalantly used in public, in books and repeatedly used in movies.  That word apparently doesn’t disturb any of the PC kookaloonies.

I guess all this touchy-feely nonsense is supposed to make us feel good; we’re not supposed to make any one feel excluded.  If any of this would solve a real problem, I’d say, “ok.”  But it really doesn’t.  It’s all a mere distraction from our real problems.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • wally12

    It gets worst. Remember Bill Clinton started this by ask what the definition of is -is. How about Holder when he was asked what the definition of a lie was. He said it was a state of mind. It appears that the democrats started this change and have succeeded in convincing the media to go along with this garbage. It is no longer a war on terrorism. It is a overseas contingency operation. Is all this BS a means of changing the meaning of marriage from a union of a man and a woman to any union even one between a human and animal?


    I guess an airplane cockpit will now have to be referred to as a personpit.

  • TheGoodDoctor

    Going? It has long since reached the outskirts of sense and left good sense far earlier than that. As long as folks prefer the wrong/incorrect/unmeaningful meaning of “kindness” over “mercy,” over “truth,” we’ll continue on the downward spiral into mean-ing-less-ness, and mercy will evaporate before our eyes as Truth disappears.

  • chief98110

    Wimps, that is what we have in growing numbers. Some days I just want to say,”man up”!

  • Ron F

    I generally agree but I can also understand removing gender related words to describe positions or occupations. At one time, workers were primarily male so many job classifications used male terms, i.e., mailman. I have also learned that because I do not find something offensive, it does not mean that someone else might find it offensive. I can also understand not using the word “freshman”
    since it is a throw back to when very few women went to college and college was
    primarily for males. I agree that we are too sensitive but, on the other hand,
    we have removed a lot of words from usage that had negative racial meanings,
    such as “wop”, “kraut”, “frog” and “wet-back”.

    • another_engineer

      You sound like you sit down to pee.

      ~ From a proud Kraut.


      The words you quote were intentionally derogative to demean people. Freshman, mailman, ect are not.

      • Ron F

        James, I agree but the other words were used at a time when there was discrimination in work places and, therefore, I can understand why some women find it offensive. As for the other words, I agree although there apparently still is a fight over the Washington Redskins using the name “Redskins” which I believe was an intentionally derogative at one time.

  • Roger Ward

    The PC police never stop!! I remember when “Negro” became “Afro-American”, which became “African-American”, which became “black”. It would be better if the blacks spent less time worrying about how they are to be called and addressed the fact that 75% of black babies are born to single mothers and raised in a household without a father.

    How about when “illegal alien” became “undocumented alien”, which became “undocumented worker”, which became “undocumented Immigrant.” The situation never changes but the terminology does because we “need to be sympathetic” to their plight. How about some sympathy for the American taxpayer …. or for the border ranchers whose lands are being over-run by these illegals?

    Legislators legislate and lawmakers make laws. The more of them we put into office and the more time they have there, the more chicken-shit laws, regulations and politically correct terminology we’ll get. We need a part-time legislature, both state and federal, to limit the damage they do while in office!