Def’n of “Political Correctness”

Here is a morning smile to explain the essence of the term ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’.


One of the original definitions for this overused modern term is found in four telegrams at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence Missouri. The following is the exchange of telegrams between then President Harry Truman and Gen Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945.


Note that the contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war – not a word has been added or deleted!


(1) Tokyo,Japan
0800-September 1,1945
To: President Harry S Truman
From: General D A MacArthur
     Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions?

(2) Washington, D C
1300-September 1, 1945
To: D A MacArthur
From: H S Truman
     Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct!

(3) Tokyo, Japan
1630-September 1, 1945
To: H S Truman
From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz
     Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean?

(4) Washington, D C
2120-September 1, 1945
To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz
From: H S Truman
     Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!


(ed. – Our thanks for this morning smile goes out to friend Dick Inwood who keeps us laughing here.)


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1 thought on “Def’n of “Political Correctness”

  1. Chris George

    From CBC analysis:
    Trump’s war on political correctness redefining U.S. race – Donald Trump, it turns out, is not alone in feeling America has become too PC in recent years

    “A poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University last fall asked respondents whether “a big problem this country has is being politically correct.”
    Eighty one per cent of Republicans who responded agreed. As did 62 per cent of Democrats, and 68 per cent of independents.”



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