Should Authors Be Politically Correct?

I was chatting with someone tonight, and it brought to mind a post I’d written at some point…but never posted. It was a surprise to find that it’s been sitting in my drafts folder since March 31st, but here it is…

Should authors be politically correct?

Except to say that most politicians…on both sides of the fence (and even those tap dancing on the fence)…are corrupt, I do my best to stay away from political subjects. And I’m okay with that…because I hate politics. It was created to be one thing, and has turned into something entirely different. Mainly a war between the donkeys and the elephants, all the way down the line.

I also tend to stay away from religion, too, along with most everything else that I consider important. Heaven forbid I offend someone by letting it be known I have an opinion. Any opinion.

Why? Because that’s what the ‘experts’ have shoved down our throats. We are writers. We’re allowed to have opinions in our private lives, but should never, ever share them publicly. And I agree it’s a good rule to live by. At the very least, it saves on arguments and hard feelings.

It’s sad, though, that I have to keep such a huge part of myself so very secret. There was a time when it was okay to agree to disagree. Now it’s not. If you don’t jump on the politically correct side of the fence, you’re a piranha. It’s okay for ‘those’ people to believe strongly in a cause, but they’re not okay with  others believing differently.

I don’t have to agree with the choices and beliefs of anyone else in order to like them. I believe it’s our differences that make life – and friendships – interesting. Unless, of course, they’re child or animal abusers (or something equally vile), and then I don’t care if I offend them, or anyone who might defend them. You don’t hurt kids, and you don’t hurt animals. It’s just wrong.

To be fair, I also don’t expect everyone to agree with me. What I do expect is to not be judged when I choose not to make a declaration one way or another.

Having a public opinion about controversial subjects is not my job. Writing here, and writing fiction, is my job. And I will always do my best to set a good example. But with few exceptions, I refuse to use my blog, Facebook, Twitter, or email to shove my beliefs down your throats. And if that offends anyone, I’m sorry.

A word of caution, while this song wonderfully illustrates how out of hand political correctness has become, it’s…um…rather naughty. Okay, it’s more than a little naughty, so if you’re easily offended, I strongly urge you to stop here.

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Why a secret group? I thought it would be a fun place to just chat and get to know one another. Yes, I’m a teenager at heart. I’ve always liked the secret clubhouse kind of thing. They always seemed so mysterious and exclusive.

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