“Political Correctness” is thought to be something along the lines of social etiquette. A “polite” way of speaking so as not to hurt someone’s feelings. But when one peels away the veneer, one finds that there is something else at work here, something more along the lines of the sinister.
While most Americans may regard “political correctness” as something to be casually dismissed or even laughed at, political correctness, nevertheless, has encroached into almost every facet of our daily lives by masquerading it’s inherent evil under the guise of good intentions.
But this is no laughing matter. While most adults of the “Baby Boomer” generation and older can easily recognize and dismiss the ridiculous aspect of political correctness, our children, lacking a knowledge of America’s traditional history, are especially vulnerable to this orthodoxy as propagated by the institutions of public education.
Thirty years ago, school children all accross the nation began their school day with the recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance. Today, the Pledge has all but vanished from the classroom because the phrase, “to the republic for which it stands”, contradicts the notion of democracy that government education has been brainwashing our children with for the better part of the past century and the phrase, “one nation under God”, has even been declared unconstitutional by a robed dictator.
Students in government schools are now being taught the virtues of “Heather’s Two Mommies” and “Daddy’s New Roomate”, but are forbidden to recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Those who were once considered great icons of American history and held in high esteem by every schoolchild for their heroic acts of bravery, loyalty to country and self-sacrifice are, today, being regarded as villians for no other reason than living in a society as it was two centuries ago.
Across the nation, various public school systems have been renaming some of their schools to reflect a re-written version of history. The most notable of these changes was for the George Washington Elementary School, in New Orleans. According to the New Orleans School Board, the school’s name was changed because the board opposes “retaining the names of schools named for former slave owners or others who did not respect equal opportunity for all.”
So now, the father of our country, the Commander of the Continental Army who led the country to victory in the American Revolution and the first President of our once great nation, has been stripped of his place in history by a city’s public school board.
Here, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the city of Richmond has placated the demands for political correctness by removing the image of Robert E. Lee from a public mural after the mural was desecrated with anti-white racial epithets and ultimately firebombed.
In a further act of appeasement, the city of Richmond has also decided to remove the names of two Confederate leaders from local bridges and rename them after civil rights leaders. The First Street bridge, once named for J.E.B. Stuart, will be renamed after civil rights lawyer Samuel W. Tucker. The Fifth Street bridge, previously named for Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, will be renamed for civil rights activist Curtis Holt Sr.
Following the disaster of “9-11”, serious consideration was given to alter a statue commemorating the raising of the American Flag by three firefighters amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center to reflect an ideological worldview rather than an historical event.
Americans have sat by and passively watched as their heritage and history has been vilified, dismantled piece-by-piece and re-written to satisfy the demands of those who have annointed themselves as an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth”, ever vigilant against any historical footnote that is not compatable with their vision of a collectivist utopia.
The good news is that more and more Americans are starting to experience the same distaste with political correctness, as they experienced upon learning of the Taliban’s attempt to re-write history with the wanton destruction of Afghanistan’s historical landmarks and artifacts.
George C. Collinsworth
A liberal’s worst nightmare; A redneck with both a library card and a concealed-carry permit.