I have never quite understood the argument made by some that America is so politically correct that they would rather move to Canada or other country (in case you were wondering, those same people still live here). Anti-political correctness advocates usually angrily point to their first amendment rights to freedom of speech which few have apparently actually read and/or fully understood as justification for alleging they should have the power to be able to say whatever they want, when they want, and where they want to. If you've actually read your first amendment right, it does NOT actually say that you can say and or do whatever you want, when you want, free from any restriction whatsoever. It also ironically protects many of the things you want to and express mainly because political correctness is not actually law. I mean if you are going to stand up and strongly defend something, you might want to know what you're actually defending.
What are your actual rights? Freedom of Speech is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws (see video below).
The freedom of speech is NOT absolute; the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized several categories of speech that are excluded from the freedom, and it has recognized that governments may enact reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on speech.
"Criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find distasteful or against public policy are almost always permitted. There are exceptions to these general protections, including the Miller test for obscenity, child pornography laws, speech that incites imminent lawless action, and regulation of commercial speech such as advertising. Within these limited areas, other limitations on free speech balance rights to free speech and other rights, such as rights for authors over their works (copyright), protection from imminent or potential violence against particular persons, and restrictions on the use of untruths to harm others (slander). Distinctions are often made between speech and other acts which may have symbolic significance."
I see a few problems with those that feel we need to get rid of political correctness in America.
1. The problem with the argument that we need to get rid of political correctness is that the very people who say they should have more freedoms of speech, already in fact have them. If you have a dessenting opinion, you are free to express it. If you want to call an officer who is a woman, a police man, instead of police officer or police woman, you cannot be arresseted for that. If you want to make your youtube vidoes, or protest your local government, or get on tv in an op ed piece, nothing is stopping you. We don't live in a country where a corrupt government/police force is going to bang on your door in the middle of the night, strangle your children in front of you, and then blow your head off because you wrote a blog about how you dislike the president or your hatred of feminism. If you don't agree with whomever, about whatever, aside from the exceptions to your FOS under law, you can say pretty much what you like already.
2. Aye, but there's the rub. Those who want to be so free to express themselves, don't like the idea that people can and often do, fervently oppose their opinions and ideas. Freedom of speech doesn't mean you are free from the opinions of others on said speech whether they agree with you or not. With the instantaneous nature of things like social media and news outlets, such opposition can be swift and unyielding, and few, knowing their opinions, want to deal with the consequences of their freedom of expression. They just want to be able to say anything they want and basically have everyone agree with them, but you have to be able to deal with opposition. You think everyone just stood by and agreed with the Founding Fathers?
3. Then there are those people who freqently complain about their ideas being censored by a social media site like GaG because of so called political correctness, but again, this is where knowing your rights comes into play. If you create something, such as a website, you have the right to censor it all you want because when you create something, whether you open it up to the public or not, it is yours. In fact, if you read the fine print on those contracts no one reads when they sign up for sites such as these, YOU have already agreed to allow this and other websites to censor you in anyway they deem appropriate. Don't like it, what is free is that you don't have to be a part of a so called "repressive institution" and you can exercise your own rights, create your own website, and truly allow anyone to say what they want on it, but much like those moving to another country, you're...still...here.
4. There is that subset of people who's intentions are less about being able to make more political commentary or express opposition to certain ideas, and much more about feeling that they should be able to freely use/implement things like racism, hate speech, sexism, bigotry, religious discrimination, homophobia and/or obsenities, etc. There are clearly reasons why your FOS does not neccessarily guarantee or protect this as part of that freedom, but despite someone not liking the idea of someone saying these things, a lot of your right to do so IS already protected by FOS. (see no. 3)
When you stand up and say I'm going to move away from this country because you want more freedom of speech and to do away with political correctness altogether, you will quickly find yourself with very few options for that and continuing to say this as if it actually means something without action, means to some degree that you recognize that you have far more rights here then you would in a lot of other countries. Now considering, aside from those protections under law, you have freedom of speech and cannot be arrested for expressing your opinions, or not wanting to use certain so called PC terms for certain people or places, and no one is coming to kidnapp and kill you for having an opinion, the only thing stopping you from using your right, is you, but again, don't think that just because you use it, there won't be opposition to your thoughts and ideas. This is exactly WHY we do have freedom of speech in the first place.
An interesting article if you're interested: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/02/free-speech-isnt-free/283672/
...and more on what freedom of speech actually means: