Political correctness is a threat to the republic.
It says, at bottom, that hurt feelings are more important than free speech. That some members of society have a right to mold the thoughts of others.
It’s exactly the reverse of what was intended by the first amendment, which sought to protect speech from the anger and totalitarianism of the insulted and aggrieved.
But today, the aggrieved are in control. They feel empowered to shut you up and shut you down if you say something they don’t like. And they are empowered in part by President Obama, and he is empowered by them.
Just before the controversy exploded over Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson’s remarks about gays, Obama mused that the Robertson clan “seems like a pretty fun bunch.” But everyone knows Obama would like to hang out with this group of straight-talking Bible clingers as much as he would a colony of tarantulas.
Robertson made comments that were hurtful to some. His ideas on homosexuality were drawn from the Bible, which itself contains passages hurtful to some, though which presumably is not yet on the Left’s hit list.
A third of Americans say homosexuality should not be “accepted.” That is clearly what the Bible says. Should people holding this view wear ankle bracelets administering a shock each time they express their opinion?
Obama and Vice President Biden have variously described conservatives as extremists, racists, “enemies,” obstructionists, and unprincipled connivers opposing Obama for rank political gain. This presumption by Obama of malice on the part of his opponents – and his malice toward them - is not just inappropriate, it’s destructive. It fosters the climate of intolerance in which we find ourselves, and of which political correctness is the guiding principle.
Robertson’s comments about gays were actually less harsh and insulting than those Obama and Biden make about conservatives. But nobody’s complaining.
The notion that thought and speech can be controlled abets statist governance, which is all about molding your behavior. A society that tells some guy on a TV show whether he can or can’t express opinions that are rooted in Holy Scripture is one that can, for example, tell people they have to think they need health insurance and that they must use their money to purchase it.
Not to mention requiring nuns to buy the morning after pill for the less-faithful.
With A&E having reinstated Robertson, gay groups are now demanding that he engage with them in “dialog,” which of course has become in our society an Orwellian term meaning “further contrition.” Having failed to procure his head on a platter, they’ll at least need the duck hunter to eat crow, because otherwise it might signal that free speech is still alive in America.