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Thread #157082   Message #3704942
Posted By: akenaton
28-Apr-15 - 04:03 PM
Thread Name: BS: Political correctness
Subject: BS: Political correctness
As a number of US members write with affection about President Harry Truman, I though you might get a smile out of this exchange with General McArthur.

What is the definition of the term Political Correctness!

Maybe the following is closer to the definition than what is in any book in a library.

The copies of four telegrams that were sent between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the Japanese surrender agreement, at the end the second world war.

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!