Leslie Cook

Political Correctness Gone Wild

In In My Opinion... on June 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

I must admit that sometimes political correctness can be very useful in our world.  It’s nice when people are polite and aren’t arbitrarily throwing around terms that most people find offensive.  But when we get to a point where a warning is required for the U.S. Constitution, I think the P.C. Police (a.k.a. lawyers) have gone too far.

I was just sent the following link to the <gasp> Fox News website (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/09/publishing-company-putting-warning-label-constitution/?test=latestnews), and it appears that a small publishing company is placing the following disclaimer on the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other historical documents:

“This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today.  Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”

Really?  I need that disclaimer on the Constitution of the United States to save my kids from reading about what….freedom?  Yes, I suppose it does mention slavery, and toward the end lets women vote.  And frankly, it hasn’t been updated since way back in 1992, but do you really need to warn your kids about the content? True, if they read it, they might get dangerous ideas, and I agree that parents really should sit down with their kids to go over the content of the Constitution but I’d recommend that they read it together, rather than warn them before they read it.  I mean, really, when was the last time you read the Constitution?  High School?  It’s riveting.

I think I’ll have to have another peak before I head off to France.

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  1. Love your Blogging!!!!!Have a wonderful time in Paris….so jealous!

  2. Thanks Vickie! So far I’m having a great time, even though there has been a bit of rain. Glad somebody is reading this thing. Sometimes I think I’m talkiing to myself 🙂

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