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The Origins of Political Correctness
Accuracy In Academia ^ | Bill Lind

Posted on 08/23/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT by Ray76

Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.

We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious. In fact, it’s deadly serious. It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.

If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I.

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TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: brainwashing; governmentschools; homeschooling; origins; pc; politicalcorrectness

1 posted on 08/23/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT by Ray76
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To: Ray76

Bfl.


2 posted on 08/23/2014 12:02:42 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Ray76
No being one inclined to spend half an hour trying to decipher egg-headed pontification, I just want to know where the term "political correctness" came from? I first heard it in 1986, when I was stationed in Germany. Some new guy, just in from Stateside, told me it was all the rage back in The World. Even then, as a hormonally charged, skirt chasing and beer swilling 21-year old, I remember thinking it sounded like Orwell.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

3 posted on 08/23/2014 12:08:02 PM PDT by wku man ("Weenie in a Hybrid" by 10 Pound Test - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWdLDSB_6gY)
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To: Ray76

Thanks for posting. Saved it.


4 posted on 08/23/2014 12:19:20 PM PDT by all the best
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To: Ray76

It is not just political correctness. I have noticed it in family/friends. Make one mistake or say one wrong thing and....”I am done with them” is the first thing out of their mouths. The axe comes out. In the last year I have seen it first hand and dealt with it just yesterday. It used to take something that was actually malicious to make someone outraged or offended. Not anymore. The punishment is swift and final.
The whole thing is ridiculous.


5 posted on 08/23/2014 12:20:57 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Ray76; All

Simply put, as a consequence of parents not making sure that their children are being taught about the federal government’s constitutionally limited powers, corrupt federal politicians are successfully trading votes for the constitutionally indefensible federal legalization of special privileges and sin.


6 posted on 08/23/2014 12:22:23 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: wku man

That’s around the first time I heard it, around 1986-87. It became a topic of conversation right around that time. Truthfully, I thought it was so Orwellian, so unamerican, so warped to the radical left, that it would eventually and rather quickly be culturally rejected. After all, this was America! We wouldn’t stand by and tolerate such an unseemly, creepy, suffocating kind of “mindthink” being imposed on us, right?

Yet here we are in 2014, and it has grown a thousand-fold in size, enveloping every aspect of culture and life. Where even daring to oppose it, like expressing the view that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman will conceivably get you fired, sued, and deemed a social outcast.


7 posted on 08/23/2014 12:31:55 PM PDT by greene66
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To: wku man

Back in the day, I always thought of “political correctness” as a stuffy Miss Manners of political discourse for the uptight. I never dreamed it would morph and grow into the huge thought-control-monster it has become.


8 posted on 08/23/2014 12:36:12 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: greene66
Hehehehehe...this'll get me put in front of a firing squad, then.

Liberal Girl by 10 Pound Test

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

9 posted on 08/23/2014 12:43:23 PM PDT by wku man ("Weenie in a Hybrid" by 10 Pound Test - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWdLDSB_6gY)
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To: wku man
The first time,to my knowledge, that "politcally correct" was a phrase was in a 1922 speech by Vladimir Lenin. Approximately, "Although the comrade's words are politically correct, his ideas are a substantial departure from the ideas guiding state socialism."

Looked for the precise reference on Ask/Google/et al. but came up empty. I know the quote can be found in one of Omar Kazemzadeh's Russian history texts (because I used it in college).

10 posted on 08/23/2014 12:44:08 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: sheana

The last two Fortune 500 corporations I worked at where frightening. In one you could be “sentenced” to attend a week long off-campus course in “diversity, gender studies and cultural sensitivity.” There were any number of triggers starting with cultural insensitivity, which could be manifested in, for example, having a bumper sticker supporting traditional marriage. Both of these companies had government contracts as their only income. Much of this madness linked back to requirements in the contracts. Whether the results were actually required or simply implied to HR and the corporate directors, I don’t know.

I attended a mandatory training class on how to react when people told jokes. Both companies had a policy that no jokes could be told because “you don’t know who you might offend.” The teacher was from Central American and a died-in-the-wool communist. He said, “Okay, somebody had just told a joke and people have laughed. What do you do?” I raised my hand, saying, “Well, you know you have an appreciative audience. So, you try to top it.” He stared at me with his mouth open unable to respond. After class somebody said, “You know, I think if he’d had a gun he’d have shot you.” That was my impression as well. And, I did run afoul for an employee roast I gave at a restaurant off-campus. I was almost fired. But their reason for applying work rules (which were not published at the time) to me was that I’d created a work event by inviting people using company email. I wrote to the company legal office and said, “If that’s your reason to apply work rules, by saying my use of email made this a corporate event, what if somebody had gotten drunk and killed someone on the way home? You’ve admitted this was a work sanctioned event. Is the company not then liable for the death? The whole thing was quietly dropped.

But this is almost like living in a Nazi state where you have to watch every word even at home for fear of being punshed at work.


11 posted on 08/23/2014 12:46:27 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Ray76

We had a “Department of War” for almost 160 years, since 1949 it is named the “Department of Defense”.


12 posted on 08/23/2014 12:47:53 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: SAJ

And the comrade soon wound up in front of a firing squad, charged with `deviationist separatism’.

P.C. = Marxism-Leninism = totalitarian thought control.


13 posted on 08/23/2014 12:50:08 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: SAJ
Lenin...not surprising.

I remember being at an Army school back in the early '90s, and one of my classmates -- a female MI sergeant -- always reacted with shock and disgust whenever we combat arms types behaved, well, like combat arms soldiers do. "That's not politically correct!" she would protest, to the derision of we "real" soldiers. I told her one time that the day political correctness became mandatory in the Army would be the day I got out. That day came in 1996. Discharge, that is...political correctness had already destroyed the Army.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

14 posted on 08/23/2014 12:56:31 PM PDT by wku man ("Weenie in a Hybrid" by 10 Pound Test - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWdLDSB_6gY)
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To: Ray76

Political correctness came from The Frankfurt School of Transitional Marxism and it’s prime directive is the transformation’’(sound familiar?) of Western civilization with the aim of eliminating the Judeo-Christian heritage that has given us the society we have known and replacing it with Marxism. It’s other main aim, to put it bluntly, is the dismantling, i.e ‘’fundamentally transforming America’’.(there’s that word again.) To bottom line it this means the end of America. This son of a bitch in The White House and those who trained him for this mission , Alinsky, Ayers and the rest of the communists and socialist scum are realizing their dream. They along with Obama need to be no more. This is serious. I said here and to all those I know that Barack Obama is not a president. He’s a warning.


15 posted on 08/23/2014 1:01:54 PM PDT by jmacusa (Liberalism defined: When mom and dad go away for the weekend and the kids are in charge.)
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To: wku man

The first time I encountered the concept in popular culture was under the Billary administration. I don’t recall them calling it such; they just did it,some media type saw the trend and named it. The rest is Herstory.


16 posted on 08/23/2014 1:04:29 PM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: Ray76

Political correctness came from The Frankfurt School of Transitional Marxism and it’s prime directive is the transformation’’(sound familiar?) of Western civilization with the aim of eliminating the Judeo-Christian heritage that has given us the society we have known and replacing it with Marxism. It’s other main aim, to put it bluntly, is the dismantling, i.e ‘’fundamentally transforming America’’.(there’s that word again.) To bottom line it this means the end of America. This son of a bitch in The White House and those who trained him for this mission , Alinsky, Ayers and the rest of the communists and socialist scum are realizing their dream. They along with Obama need to be no more. This is serious. I said here and to all those I know that Barack Obama is not a president. He’s a warning.


17 posted on 08/23/2014 1:05:42 PM PDT by jmacusa (Liberalism defined: When mom and dad go away for the weekend and the kids are in charge.)
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To: wku man

Never heard of the band, what else do they have?
Skynard could do a nice job on that song, and get it heard


18 posted on 08/23/2014 1:07:51 PM PDT by reefdiver (The fool says there is no God. And the bigger fools sees direct evidence and rages against it.)
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To: Ray76

Sorry for the double post. Danged middle aged eyesight.


19 posted on 08/23/2014 1:08:28 PM PDT by jmacusa (Liberalism defined: When mom and dad go away for the weekend and the kids are in charge.)
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To: Ray76

Where no man....errr...Men...err..nobody has gone before...


20 posted on 08/23/2014 1:09:56 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: Ray76

Excellent essay, and written without the stuffy air of academia. A keeper for reference.


21 posted on 08/23/2014 1:11:07 PM PDT by notted
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To: Gen.Blather
In one you could be “sentenced” to attend a week long off-campus course in “diversity, gender studies and cultural sensitivity.”

I was not sentenced, but I had to take the tests a few times over. It was some years ago, after retirement, when I took a beer-money job on the night shift at Wal-Mart. They had a series of surveys/tests you had to take within a certain amount of time.

One was on sexual harassment. They gave a set of scenarios and jokes and asked how I would respond. I failed the damned test three times and for the life of me, could not see where I was wrong, as the "blonde" type of jokes were really funny. Same with the scenarios. I finally limped across home base with the minimum passing grade the fourth time. I thought it freaking hilarious that I was so out of touch with the current management thinking. Surprisingly, no one ever said anything.

22 posted on 08/23/2014 1:20:27 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka

I had to take an ethic’s course and pass it. One of the questions was, “A foreigner gives you a gift worth more than $50, what do you do?” The correct answer was return it. Wow! Depending on the culture that could be a relationship ending event. You never want to embarrass somebody. So I answered, return it. But I’d simply have quietly informed by boss, providing I had a relationship where I could trust him. Otherwise, I’d have just ignored the requirement. What matters is what I understood about the culture of the person giving the gift. There’s a huge difference between, say, $200 theater tickets and a night out with a prostitute. (A program manager I worked for kept a black book of all the favor’s he’d done. They included drugs, hookers and bailing customers out of jail.)


23 posted on 08/23/2014 1:28:13 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Ray76
It's an interesting read but not wholly convincing.

Obviously, in the 20th century where there's discontent or potential for disruption you'd find socialists or Marxists or communists or fascists, so clearly if you look at grievance movements (racial minorities, feminists, gay activists) you'll find leftists involved in the early stages.

The phrase "political correctness" was used by Communists in the 30s and by the New Left in the 60s before it was popularized by leftists, feminists, gay activists in the 1980s. You certainly could say that the word has a history involving Marxists.

But European Marxists didn't develop what we now call "political correctness." That was something Americans came up with and the connection to Adorno or Horkheimer is pretty tenuous. It's like blaming the philosophes for the French Revolution or Nietzsche for Nazism. There are intellectual connections, but they aren't as direct as some people suppose.

Lind seems to think that if he applies the phrase "cultural Marxism" to political correctness often enough and loudly enough, political correctness will just go away, and that won't happen. There are real political interests involved that don't derive from European theorists.

Finally, if the phrase "political correctness" has a dubious ideological history, so does the phrase "cultural Marxism" (Kulturbolshewismus). It's not really something one should throw around as freely and as naively as Lind does.

24 posted on 08/23/2014 1:31:11 PM PDT by x
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To: wku man
No being one inclined to spend half an hour trying to decipher egg-headed pontification, I just want to know where the term "political correctness" came from? I first heard it in 1986, when I was stationed in Germany. Some new guy, just in from Stateside, told me it was all the rage back in The World. Even then, as a hormonally charged, skirt chasing and beer swilling 21-year old, I remember thinking it sounded like Orwell.

Lind's article is well worth the read especially if you have kids approaching college age. I ran across it about 15 years ago. He's also written some essays on the coming next civil war which will put ethnic groups against each other.

Lind used to co-host a TV show called The Next Revolution with Brad Keena {Janet Parshalls brother IIRC} and they would get into some real good discussions.

To answer your question it came from Marxist which Columbia University invited here in the 1930's after Hitler booted them from Germany. They came here to take over our government via our education system. Read it. It's a good article and he gives good details.

25 posted on 08/23/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: cva66snipe
An historical side note: the first time I heard the phrase "hate speech" was in the early 70s. It was used in a discussion of some issue or other by a member of the Socialist Worker's Party, a Trotskyist aligning Marxist group.

At the time I laughed seeing how a Marxist, of all people, was calling for the suppression of "hate speech" (what else to they engage in?), and the implications for free speech. I am not laughing now.

26 posted on 08/23/2014 1:46:20 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Robwin
Those of us now 50 years old and older are likely the last ones taught primarily by non PC teachers in K-12 grade. While our fathers fought WW2 these tyrants were taking us over from within our own nation. They got established in colleges and universities as professors by the late 1950’s and eventually carried over into the military and elected offices as well. PC is merely a tool they used and it's been quite effective. It brought us campus riots of the 60’s and 70’s. The Great Society & decline to follow was the icing on the cake to give it an iron clad foot hold.

PC was becoming prevailent in the military even in the 1970's. If your evaluations didn't contain supporting certain PC programs it was a black mark.

27 posted on 08/23/2014 2:27:24 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: Ray76

Remember when PC stood for Personal Computer?


28 posted on 08/23/2014 2:45:08 PM PDT by getarope (Jesus is coming soon, and boy is he PISSED!)
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To: cva66snipe
Those of us now 50 years old and older are likely the last ones taught primarily by non PC teachers in K-12 grade. While our fathers fought WW2 these tyrants were taking us over from within our own nation. They got established in colleges and universities as professors by the late 1950’s and eventually carried over into the military and elected offices as well. PC is merely a tool they used and it's been quite effective. It brought us campus riots of the 60’s and 70’s. The Great Society & decline to follow was the icing on the cake to give it an iron clad foot hold.

Because of PC and other leftist influences, the left owns this culture now. With so much fail going on these days, I can only hope, the American people that were indoctrinated in to this culture, starts seeing what they were taught to believe, fails in reality, and starts to reject it.

CGato

29 posted on 08/23/2014 2:45:58 PM PDT by Conservative Gato
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Well written article, BTW.

CGato


30 posted on 08/23/2014 2:47:50 PM PDT by Conservative Gato
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To: Ray76

Bump for later.


31 posted on 08/23/2014 2:54:27 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Ray76

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
”A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority,
and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media,
which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible
to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

By spreading this definition around, perhaps we can employ one of the more effective methods of deflating and defeating the fools who practice and promote it: RIDICULE.

Unless stopped – and soon – PC will DESTROY Western Civilization — if it hasn’t already.


32 posted on 08/23/2014 3:24:19 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Ray76

Read this, then read about the 45 communist goals listed in “The Naked Communist”; it all comes together.

It is said that Satan’s greatest deception is convincing us that he doesn’t exist; communism’s greatest deception is similar.


34 posted on 08/23/2014 3:32:13 PM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: Conservative Gato
We need more Bill Lind's teaching students and far less Bill Ayres. Lind in intellect is miles beyond what pases today for teachers & professors. Parents paying for their kids college education need to look long and hard at what is being taught vs what is actually needed. In other words how much of the education offered is propaganda?
35 posted on 08/23/2014 3:35:27 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: Ray76

Bttt


36 posted on 08/23/2014 3:36:05 PM PDT by advertising guy ( <------------- lotta white in here ------------>)
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To: cva66snipe

Indeed it is leftist brainwashing. The architects and disciples of today’s leftist failures needs to be pointed out over and over again. I usually start with the trillions in debt, the bankrupting of our future, in order to keep their dream of big government utopia alive today.

CGato


37 posted on 08/23/2014 3:49:24 PM PDT by Conservative Gato
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To: Ray76
Great article. Thanks for posting.

And to add to that, I say “ Hail to the Redskins” and screw the PC would-be tyrants. PC ain't a joke. It is a deadly threat.

38 posted on 08/23/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: reefdiver
It's my "band"...project actually, since I'm the only current member.

Anyway, I have seven of my songs I've done "videos" for...they're all on the 10 Pound Test You Tube channel. I've tried shopping my songs with various bands (not Skynyrd yet...that's a good idea), but haven't gotten anywhere yet. Still trying, though...never give up!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

39 posted on 08/23/2014 9:42:06 PM PDT by wku man ("Weenie in a Hybrid" by 10 Pound Test - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWdLDSB_6gY)
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To: cva66snipe
Nah...I don't have time to read long-winded academic articles. If I can't find the answer to the question I have -- which is to say when and where the term "political correctness" come into popular usage (sometime in the 1980s) -- right off the bat, then I have no interest in a lecture on stuff I already learned in college.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

40 posted on 08/23/2014 10:01:51 PM PDT by wku man ("Weenie in a Hybrid" by 10 Pound Test - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWdLDSB_6gY)
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To: Ray76

In a nutshell, political correctness is the establishment of a moral code which excludes God.

An abomination.


41 posted on 08/23/2014 10:06:32 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: reasonisfaith

The moral code of the New Age.


42 posted on 08/23/2014 10:06:54 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: Ray76

There are a lot more names for the list of culprits than just Horkheimer, Gramsci, Marcuse and those guys.

You also have to assign blame to Hegel, Kant, Rousseau, Hume, and Sartre, Camut, Derrida, Foucoult and others. I’ve read some of the above, and I’ve read about some of the above. Many others from throughout the centuries that I know even less about are certainly to share in the blame.

In short, they were all about trying to take God out of the equation and to do away with truth and accountability. And to attempt to impose chaos, such as the idea of synthetizing thesis and antithesis. This was Hegel’s version of yin and yang—the merging of opposites into one which is also very unGodly.


43 posted on 08/23/2014 10:32:01 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: Cold Heat

We are fighting the enemy within the only problem? we are not fighting becuase we havent realized yet that we are at war


44 posted on 08/24/2014 3:53:13 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Ray76

So, “Cultural Marxism” morphed into “Political Correctness”. Yeah, I’ll bet it was hard to sell as “Cultural Marxism”.


45 posted on 08/24/2014 4:54:32 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves. America is no longer a Free Country.)
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