Is the US Constitution politically correct?

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Re: Is the US Constitution politically correct?

Post by wtf » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:37 pm

Philosophy Explorer wrote:If not, should its language be rewritten to become politically correct?

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Can you say what you mean in this context? What is political correctness? What was it at the time of the writing of the Constitution?

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Re: Is the US Constitution politically correct?

Post by Philosophy Explorer » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:46 pm

wtf wrote:
Philosophy Explorer wrote:If not, should its language be rewritten to become politically correct?

PhilX
Can you say what you mean in this context? What is political correctness? What was it at the time of the writing of the Constitution?
I don't think anyone knows what PC is. It's one of those concepts that seem to be fluid, depending on the POV of who you ask. I think it will eventually go out of style as I don't see any legal backbone for it.

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Re: Is the US Constitution politically correct?

Post by wtf » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:41 pm

Just for sake of conversation, I'll point out that in some ways the Constitution is anti-PC. For example the first amendment says
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the most vile, hateful, despicable expressions of ideas are protected speech. They've upheld flag burning. They've upheld the right of the idiots at the Westboro Baptist Church to express anti-gay slurs at the funerals of servicemen.

In fact it's traditional that the Supremes almost always come down on the side of free expression. I say that's a good thing.

This is in stark contrast to the "no-platforming, "safe space," "microaggression" culture we hear about on the college campuses. Many college students these days are shocked to find out that vile racist speech is Constitutionally protected speech.

To speak out for freedom of speech means to defend the expressive rights of the most awful humans imaginable.

In that sense the Constitution stands directly opposite to the concept of PC.

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Re: Is the US Constitution politically correct?

Post by NewBrain » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:36 am

To my understanding, political correctness means modifying speech or action so as not to offend anyone.
The constitution is not preoccupied with people's feelings, but rather protecting their "natural rights" and their ability to pursue self-interest under the law.

The two often clash, as the poster above me mentioned with the example of free speech. Other examples are the right to bear arms, which might scare some people, the right to freely assemble, and the right to property.

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