Recently, there were two great letters from Brent Rains in the Opinion section. One of them reminded me of when I was first exposed to the term “politically correct.” It was several decades ago when I worked in Headquarters U.S. Army Personnel Center, Washington, D.C.
At the time, I thought that it was such a stupid idea that it could not possibly last more than two weeks. I didn’t take into account the fact that when stupid people latch onto a really dumb idea, especially when it results in some gain to themselves, they hold fast to it “until death do they part.” Hence, political correctness is still with us, despite the ruin it has inflicted on this once great nation.
Rational thinking no longer guides our statements, our actions, our thoughts and our politics but, as in the recent flap over the name of the Freeburg ball team, are they politically correct? A group of small people (no pun intended) with no connection to the community, came in and demanded that the Freeburg natives change the long-time name of their team from “Midgets” to something inoffensive to these small people. Thanks to the citizens of Freeburg, they still have their local team name of Midgets. But, for how long? And, how long will we have the venerable Washington Redskins with us?
More significantly, how long will thinking Americans allow this foolish, inherently destructive concept to guide every act and utterance? Forever, I am afraid.