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  1. Laura
    March 16, 2016

    I first heard the term “politically correct” back in 1987 in my freshman year at college. Back then, it meant “don’t be an ass.” The idea was that if you were going to say something hurtful, you should think twice and maybe either not say it or find another way to put it so it was kinder. Like maybe don’t use racial epithets. In my mind, it was always about self-regulating: I don’t want to be an ass, so I’ll say this thing in a less asslike manner so I can have a civil conversation without hurting people.” So now, whenever someone says “I hate political correctness,” I hear “I hate having to not be an ass.” So when someone like this woman decries “political correctness” and then procedes to say a bunch of racist crap, I’m hardly surprised. The translation is just “I’m tired of supressing my inner asshole so I’m gonna just let it fly.”

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  2. Richard G. Kopf
    March 16, 2016

    Murray and Laura,

    I have a far different perspective. Take it from someone who knows, Ms. Smith needs an editor and nothing more.

    She does not warrant condemnation. She does not warrant being pulled from her responsibilities as a prosecutor. She mistakenly grabbed, with unfiltered gusto, the law’s third rail (race) in a simple-minded way in order to make a point that unfortunately was only elliptically connected to the predicates.

    Her point was essentially this: OK Trump, I’m down with being politically incorrect. But that’s hardly enough to warrant electing you as President.

    Ms. Smith has been pilloried and for that, I have great empathy for her. With respect, there is no need pile on.

    All the best.

    Richard G. Kopf
    Senior United States District Judge (NE)

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  3. Michael
    March 16, 2016

    The best part about the First Amendment (and liquor) is it shows us who we are dealing with.

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    • Richard G. Kopf
      March 16, 2016

      Michael,

      I like both (the First Amendment and liquor)!

      All the best.

      RGK

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  4. Justice
    March 17, 2016

    The county’s social media policy explicitly states that employees should refrain from making statements that hinder the effective performance of County functions also refrain from making comments that threatening physical violence harassed and bullied discriminate or retaliate against the county’s customers elected officials officers employees representatives business partners vendors or service providers also refrain from using social media to engage in abusive defamatory obscene violent deliciously false or otherwise agree just conduct or statements directed at or implicating the county its citizens or customers elected officials employees representatives business partners service providers or vendors .

    Her statements reflect who she really is.

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