by Joe Shea
March 21, 2016
ARRESTING THE PC POLICE
It's hard for liberals like myself, who like to think of themselves as the progenitors of fairness and equality, as political bad guys.
That's why, as editor of AR, I've linked recent developments in the Donald Trump campaign to a site founded by two rabbis, The Campaign Against Hate. In fact, the campaign against hate is becoming a hateful campaign against Donald Trump, who doesn't deserve it.
For instance, when a black man punched a bearded man draped in an American flag accompanied by a white demonstrator dressed in a KKK outfit at a Trump rally near Phoenix and was arrested last week, George Stephanopolous on ABC's This Week took pains to get Trump to take responsibility for it and implicitly condemned him when he didn't.
Given the KKK's history of murder, torture and lynchings of black people , the fact that a black man fought against the demonstrator seemed quite logical to me. Were I 45 again, I would have been happy to kick the crap out of them.
He was arrested, as I suppose he should have been, but I have no problem with the idea that he felt free to attack the man in the political environment Trump has allegedly fostered.
Black people should long ago have begun fighting the KKK by any means they could, but they never have. The man in Arizona was the first I ever saw who demonstrated the rage that they indeed should feel against the KKK.
The man went to jail, while the evil man went free, and the candidate who created the environment for it was condemned. That was a victory for the PC police, but a loss for democracy and all
Intolerance is the one evil we cannot live with as a democratic nation, but as liberals, we are just as bound by that dictum as the right wing or anyone else.
The fact that protestors have forced Donald Trump to cancel one rally for 25,000 people, and held up traffic headed to the Arizona rally for more than hour, and tried the same thing in Salt Lake City, is part of a reprehensible and evil effort to keep one man's free speech from being heard.
The great irony is, of course, that Trump's free speech directly takes on the institution of "political correctness," and that political correctness is itself incorrect. It essentially finds fault with some of our most precious freedoms, and most directly with our First Amendment freedom of speech.
Just as George Orwell in his prophetic novel 1984 described a society in which government tried to force everyone to think the same way, the PC movement tries to exert pressure on Americans to think the same way on a variety of hot-button issues, such as immigration.
Americans who fail to fall in line are condemned as "xenophobic" and "racist," when often their motives are in employment- and security-related and not based at all on ethnicity or race.
The Kate Steinle murder shocked and frightened San Francisco when a five-time Mexican deportee, a felon, shot and killed an innocent woman without any justification at all, but the event became an occasion for the PC-minded to support sanctuary cities, the concept that allowed her murderer to be in America. Little was heard from the PC people in the form of sympathy for her family and her promising life.
When the liberal Bernie Sanders sought to speak about our nation's economic injustices, the PC guerillas of Black Lives Matter shut him down by taking his mike and commandeering his stage.
They were empowered not by any violation of political correctness, but by their own desire to say what they wanted to say about something else entirely. Yet we have not heard of them marching against the KKK or taking the non-violent risks Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., took to end segregation in places like Selma and Birmingham. Members of Black Lives Matter appear to care very selectively and not very courageously.
While thoughtful restraint on inciteful language is forthcoming all the time from many sources, there is no leader but Donald Trump against PC orthodoxy.
Through him, tens of millions of Americans feel vindicated at last in the fact that they are not perfect, that all their thoughts are not the purest, and that the defenders of some of our most stupid institutions may not always prevail.
It doesn't seem unlikely that the rabbis' Campaign of Hate will also find fault with the people who sent a death threat to Eric Trump, or those that rail against the supposed xenophobia of Donald Trump will equally condemn the killer of Kate Steinle. Even the PC police permit contradictions.
Joe Shea is Editor-in-Chief of The American Reporter. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.