Way more often than not.
It sometimes is. Not always.
I agree with both sides really- "political correctness" should not be a barrier for speaking the truth, bringing important issues to the forefront of public debate. However, it is not an excuse to cater to racist, bigoted sentiment and incite further division, hate, and even violence. It would be nice to see a day when people are over "profiling" (another form of PC) and a fear of being accused of it. e.g. crimes, regardless of race of the criminal/victim prosecuted equally and given objective media attention. Fears of reverse racism, though often overstated, are a real concern. Fact is- there are racists and bigots, criminals and violent extremists of every race, religion, color.
Almost always. Either that or they are an idiot
I wouldn't find political correctness to be good in any way. You can be cordial when talking to others, but to hide facts and your opinion because it may be "bigoted" or "offensive" is absurd.
Accusing others of "political correctness" is normally done when someone is called a bigot or something similar for accurately describing bad things. "Politically correct" people are those who accuse others of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. because of something "offensive" that they did.
It can be, but that's not its primary function.
What are the consequences of being bigoted and offensive? Its not like their is an actual PC police that will legally punish people for doing either.
Not at all. Anything anyone says can offend someone nowadays, and it completely halts the conversation. Illegal immigration from Mexico is a negative thing. "YOU'RE A RACIST AND A BIGOT." No, it's called a valid point. Too many pathetic people need to find something to whine about and get offended over to get attention, or whatever reason.
some conservatives do, and many some leftists deny that PC actually exists. It is a vicious cycle.
It obviously depends on who you're talking about. For example, Ben Carson and Sam Harris are both politically incorrect when they talk about Muslims/Islam. The difference is that Sam Harris isn't bigoted against Muslims and Ben Carson is. Harris criticizes doctrine while Carson says that he wouldn't advocate that a Muslim ever be president. In general, political correctness is incredibly stupid and anti free speech. If liberals want to do well in elections they need to drop political correctness.
No. Just because a person isn't PC doesn't mean they are bigots or racist, doesn't mean they aren't either. The flip side, just because someone uses PC language doesn't mean they aren't bigots or racists, doesn't mean they are either. Language is used to convey an idea, or several ideas. I would rather someone used the language that best conveyed their idea than to shroud it in vague, inaccurate, or imprecise language that often times makes me have to guess at their meaning. PC is a way of distracting people from the real topics. It's essentially ad hominem. Where, if one isn't PC, they attack that person's character instead of their argument.
It's just pointing out when people have gone to the side of ridiculous.
People are such pansies nowadays.
No, but many accuse others of being biggots for displaying different opinions that may be defined as uncomfortable.