I think we can all agree that if there is one institution that has been a huge political loser this year, it is political correctness. Without political correctness, from sea to shining sea America would be a well ordered, peaceful, and prosperous society. But because of political correctness, we have mass murders and radi-Islamo-fasci-terro really bad people. And transgender folk in the next stall. There’s no place that is safe.
I’m not even sure what political correctness is, so I looked on the Merriam-Webster site where it is defined as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.” That seems mild but then, political speech is bound to offend some people. So I found another definition, from the urban dictionary:
There’s no consensus so I made up my own definition. Political correctness: a political accusation to make about policy when you have given no thought to it.
Donald Trump is our number one crusader against political correctness, though he may not be a Christian crusader. I say this because when he spoke to evangelical leaders he seemed to contradict a biblical command that Christians pray for all their leaders. He told the Christians “We can’t be politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders because all of your leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes. . . [w]hat you really have to do is pray to get everyone out to vote for one specific person.”
When challenged on his proposal to ban Muslims from the country in a January debate, Trump said “Look, we have to stop with political correctness. We have to get down to creating a country that's not going to have the kind of problems that we've had with people flying planes into the World Trade Centers, with the -- with the shootings in California, with all the problems all over the world.” Not to be outdone, Ted Cruz stated “I want to speak to all of those maddened by political correctness, where Hillary Clinton apologizes for saying all lives matter.”
Back in a December debate, Cruz said “We will stop the terrorist attacks before they occur because we will not be prisoners to political correctness.” According to Cruz, San Bernadino, the Marathon bombing, and the murders committed by Nidal Hassan were all because of political correctness.
Democrats think Orlando and our many similar tragedies have something to do with the easy availability of assault weapons. Trump congratulated himself post-Orlando for having the foresight to see terrorist acts in America. But the NRA determined the real cause: political correctness. Noting that Omar Mateen had been interviewed by the FBI, NRA spokesman Chris Cox stated "Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s political correctness prevented anything from being done about it."
Closer to home in what journalists kindly refer to as a rambling statement, Congressman Stephen Lynch offered one perspective for the success of ISIS: “You spend enough time in the Middle East - those people are not politically correct.” Yet President Obama refuses to utter the magic words, and the Boston Herald recorded Congressman Lynch’s frustration: “The president, Lynch said, has been talking through ‘a political-correctness screen ...’”
If there is a single place where the true American’s serenity has never been challenged, it’s the potty. But now Massachusetts’ citizens who can’t hold it are threatened by the transgender rights bill, and conservatives don’t want Governor Charlie Baker to sign it: Former GOP national committeewoman Chanel Prunier told Politico’s Lauren Dezenski: “If he doesn't veto the bill he'll be bowing to a very liberal pressure group and choosing political correctness over the safety and privacy of ordinary people in Massachusetts.”
That’s America in the Age of Obama. There’s no place safe to let your hair down. Or your pants.