Destructively Politically Correct

Destructively Politically Correct

Gary Hunt,
Outpost of Freedom
December 16, 2002

On December 7, 2002, the Washington Post published an article by their Staff Writer, Thomas B. Edsall. The article, “Lott Decried For Part Of Salute to Thurmond”, blasted Trent Lott for a comment that he made at the celebration of Senator Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday and his retirement party. Lott said, “I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

Edsall, regardless of what Lott may have meant by the remark, managed to twist the comment into an apparent support for racism, or, at least, segregation. Ironically, none of the other reporters present felt the comment newsworthy.

Since the Washington Post article ran, however, there have been thousand who have jumped on the bandwagon of political correctness. Never mind what may have been meant, or what might otherwise be construed from the statement, or whether it was meant more as a form of praise for Thurmond’s long years of service and his campaign for the Presidency in 1948 — it now has only the purpose which Edsall has assigned to it.

What if Lott had meant that the country would have been far better off if Truman, who had become President upon Roosevelt’s death, and chose to continue Roosevelt’s implementation of Socialism as a way of life in America, had been defeated, “we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years”? What if he was supporting those principles upon which this country was?

We may never know, for if Lott had in mind to praise Thurmond because he would have gotten us back on the right track, he would have been equally guilty of political incorrectness. To think; to have an opinion; to have a thought; to express a thought, outside of what is politically correct, has become just less than a crime in this country. And, I am probably politically incorrect in even saying so.

A man who has served his country in the way that he saw fit, and who has been recognized by having been selected Senate Republican Leader, has now had is entire career destroyed simply for expressing praise at the retirement of the oldest Senator to ever serve the United States of America.

What will inevitably happen to Trent Lott may be far worse than would be the consequences when such expression becomes a crime. But, then, that is the nature of Political Correctness – to make an act so socially deplorable that the culmination of the exercise is to evolve the ideology into the form of a written law — punishable by imprisonment, or worse.

Being Politically Correct means always having to say “I’m Sorry”.

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