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    Politically Correct vs Manners

    I recently heard Donald Trump give a speech and made a comment about political correctness:

    “I think we’re so politically correct in our country, that people are sick and tired of it”

    So I wondered what is politically correct verse what would be considered rude, unfeeling, incompassionate or lacking in manners?

    The dictionary has the term Politically Correct define as :

    "conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated"
    merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politically correct

    It would seem political correctness is suppose to refer to what some would consider proper manners and politeness.
    Although in many instances it has gone way to far into the realm of absurdity, I still have to wonder if this is something that should be really thought through and considered before it's completely dismissed.

    We have an iReporter here who has no issue calling someone with mentally disability a…forgive me the word, but a “retard”.
    This iReporter considers it just another moment of political correctness when others correct or chastise him for his obvious lack of compassion. I personally find the use of the word revolting and IMHO shows a lack of much more than just compassion.
    But still, is it just politically correct to use the term “mentally challenged”, or one like it, to explain someone who suffers from this?

    Which brings me back to my question:

    Is there a difference between being “politically correct” and using correct manners or politeness?

    Do we give up one for the other?

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