“Political correctness” is one of those words that, if you examine it closely, is defined by what it’s not — an “anti-definition,” if you will. And in this case, “political correctness” can be anti-defined to mean, “an ideological outlook that opposes sexism, racism, xenophobia, and white supremacy while trying to express equality for all regardless of skin color, gender expression, sexuality, or religion.”
So of course conservatives would oppose it, vehemently so. In order to be the “good guys” according to their infantile understanding of politics, they have to define themselves as being opposed to the “bad guys,” and if the “bad guys” support social initiatives that reduce racism and sexism, well, consequences be damned.
Thus, we get memes like this:
Here we have a prime example of how Conservatives treat words like Humpty Dumpty from Alice in Wonderland:
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master—that’s all.’
Raise your hand if that sounds like every attempt ever to argue with your conservative relatives.
Fascism is a very specific ideology which combines xenophobia, autarky and ethnic nationalism into one poison pill that is based in revolutionary rhetoric and a disdain of the elites. And given that’s what they just elected to the highest office in the land, you’d think they would have a better understanding of it.
Of course, understanding that requires a system of ethics beyond, “whatever proves me right is correct, and whatever the other guy believes is wrong.” And if you’re waiting for conservatives to hit that point in their moral development — don’t hold your breath.