05-02-2014 Political Correctness–The Death of America   Leave a comment

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I was cleaning out some old boxes of papers a few days ago attempting to rid my home of old junk and a host of bad memories.  These boxes contained books, papers, and other assorted BS from one of the worst employment experiences of my life.  It was two years of hell on earth for me and went a long way to making me the confirmed cynical SOB I’ve become.  Even after all the time that’s past it still pisses me off as much as ever.

Most people don’t like to name names when talking about their past bad experiences but I have no qualms at all.  Some of you’ve never heard of the Hechinger Corporation and I’m happy to let you know that it no longer exists. It was a small family run hardware business that grew into many hundreds of stores across the country.  The company’s  philosophy, as directed by the Hechinger family,  seemed to be more interested in liberal causes and making political contributions  than actually making money or being successful.

I then worked for a big-box home improvement company called HQ (Home Quarters Warehouse).  It was a small, dynamic, and a fun place to work.  It was expanding slowly and steadily across the US and everything was coming up roses.  That was until the failing Hechinger company made a hostile stock buyout in an attempt to keep their company afloat. Instead of absorbing everything good from HQ and eliminating the bad from their own company they decided to go the PC route. That decision was the beginning of the end for both HQ and Hechinger. Hechinger began attempting to change the way in which HQ did their business, eliminated many of HQ’s talented upper level management members which began the slow and painful process of killing a vibrant and successful company.  At the same time they acquired Builder’s Square Company and proceeded to destroy them as well.

I’m getting off my main point which is this.  Political Correctness has always been in my cross-hairs since the day I started blogging. Experiencing it first-hand is not fun and not something I’d wish on my worst enemy (well maybe on my worst enemy).  It’s a dangerous tool when used by people who care more about being PC than caring about people. I was one of the unlucky few who survived the slaughter and the Hechinger brainwashing machine kicked in almost immediately.  I was forced to attend a steady stream of team building seminars, personality testing,  and spent hundreds of hours  getting my head filled with their liberal PC BS.

For over a year they attempted to change my approach to my job and how I did business. I wasn’t about to change because I’d been very successful for years at what I did and they had not.  They kept the pressure on me with all of their PC crap until I simply lost it.  While getting my first annual evaluation from my new bosses, I stood up from the table, told them I thought they didn’t know what the hell they were doing, and begged them to just fire me.  Being the PC idiot’s that they were, they spent the next hour trying to convince me that I should calm down and relax.  I ranted and raved for most of that time and again begged them to fire me.  They wouldn’t do it and abruptly ended the session. 

I think they felt they could save my non-PC soul,  convert me to their way of thinking, and lead me to the promised land.  The next day I was given a better than average evaluation, a decent raise, and sent on my way.  Any good businessman will tell you that if an employee begs you to fire them and you have just cause, JUST DO IT.

Anyway that’s why I continuously bitch and complain about PC issues.  If the minor issues are ignored by intelligent thinking people more will follow.

“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.”  Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

So as I’m delivering these books and papers to the trash what falls at my feet but a book I hoped never to see again.  “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey.  He was god almighty to the Hechinger Company and they beat me over the head for more than a year with his books.  If I never hear the term “paradigm” again it will be too damn soon.

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED Once AGAIN

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