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Does democracy mean 1st amendment be forfieted for political correctness? The case of ex-Speaker Gingrich:

14 Dec

Is Political correctnes­s more important than are first amendment rights? Case in point: Two recent events in the Newt Gingrich campaign.

Newt Gingrich the outspoken ex-Speaker of the House, and vying for the GOP Presidential nomination often is in the middle of firestorms. Two recent issues bring to question the viability of political correctness. The main issue has to do with public opinion especially when the cases in question are during election years.

In an interview, Newt Gingrich suggested that Palestinians are but an invention, that statement came under fire and the ex-Speaker her to defend it on of the GOP debates. The other statement, by a staffer who said that Mormons are cultists, and as the result was made to resign.

Perhaps the fact that a politician must count on public opinion and the votes it represents weighs so heavily on ones action, one could understand why first amendment rights, and often facts must be sacrificed in favor of political correctness, but is that was at the roots of democracy?

When Newt Gingrich defended his true statement about the Palestinians, saying that he was willing to take the heat in favor of the truth, the ex-Speaker demonstrated commendable integrity. When a staffer was made to resign because of making an unpopular statement, the system with its political correctness nature seemed to have won over the simple truth.

The Merriam Webster dictionary gives five sets of meanings to the world ‘cult,’ none are derogatory­, the most “outlandis­h,” perhaps are: Unorthodox­, and spurious. Why should one take offense by having one’s religion referred to as a cult, essentiall­y as being unconventi­onal?

For some strange reason political correctnes­s seems to have trumped out actual meanings of words, it is now de facto interferin­g with first amendment rights of the people.

A Gingrich staffer in Iowa had to resign because he said that Mormonism is a cultist religion; why did he have to resign?

When Newt Gingrich referred to the Palestinia­n people as an invention, a statement based on historical facts, he was criticized and asked to apologize (credit to the ex-Speaker­, he did not apologize, but rather defended his position.)

Why are the American people willing to give up first amendment rights in order to be politicall­y correct? Isn’t it time for Americans to be able to say what they mean and only be constraine­d by facts and reasonably good taste? Or, does democracy mean that in order for people to be elected, political correctness is the rule, even at the cost of shading the truth when politics dictate the rule?