The Most Incredible Definition: 'Political Correctness'

General MacArthur

(this was an email sent to me from a friend, I enjoyed it enough to post it here)

 

 

The last letter from Truman (No. 4) has a great definition for the term 'Political Correctness'. 

 

For many years, almost all of the things I wanted to write or say, have been stymied by a recently coined term referred to as "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS"! Although I consider myself rather fluent in the English language, that term was not in my vocabulary. My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to do a little research and after two weeks of chasing fruitless leads, I found what I'd been looking for at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence Missouri. A unnamed source there sent me copies of four telegrams that were between Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the Surrender Agreement. The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received, 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!"