I'm beginning to see the point of their concern. But, as I think I've mentioned before, political correctness has been changing. It used to be associated with the left, with the insistence that we use non-offensive terms for describing people. And I'm down with that stuff. If I want to offend someone, I will, but I certainly don't want to offend someone by mistake. But the new political correctness is coming entirely from the right these days. Bill Maher lost his show, ironically titled "Politically Incorrect" for saying that flying a plane into a building is a lot less cowardly than launching a cruise missile at a target thousands of miles away. Now that some time has passed, maybe we can sit back and judge that comment. Does anyone want to defend the position that launching the cruise missile requires more guts? Do you think anyone could make an argument? Do you think there could be any serious disagreement at all? I doubt it. But he lost his job because "he shouldn't have said it".
No, if you're one of these anti-P.C. people, shouldn't you be all over that one. A man losing his job for saying something which was true, but which he shouldn't have said. Now, Bill Maher offended a lot of people with that remark. A lot of people seemed to think that he was impugning the bravery of the soldiers in the U.S. military. I don't know where they got that from. Nothing he said would indicate that conclusion. But people were offended, advertisers started panicking, and the show was shelved. Don't cry for Bill Maher, though, he's back on HBO, a channel with some balls.
We're getting a lot more cases of the P.C. police lately. Nothing like a war to bring that out, and once again, it's coming entirely from the right. Most recently, Sen. John Kerry, Democrat from Massachusetts and candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, has called for "regime change" in America. Apparently, this is an outrage. I can't figure out why. Think about it: Bush is the president, Kerry wants to be, and there's an election coming up in a year and a half. What result do you think Kerry is rooting for in the 2004 election? Even in time of war, presidents face electoral challenges from the opposition party. FDR won a very tight race in 1944. But, for some reason, Republicans and others are screaming bloody murdered, apparently outraged that this America-hating traitor wants Bush to be voted out of office in 2004. What gives? Does this make any sense? Can't we assume that all of the would-be presidential candidates want Bush to lose?
So why does Kerry get singled out? Two reasons: one, he could win. The White House has been worried about Kerry from the beginning. More imortantly, because he used the words "regime change". You see, you're not allowed to use the words "regime change" with respect to President Bush, because that creates a comparison between Bush and Hussein, and that's not fair.
Bullshit. Bush wants to regime change Saddam Hussein through warfare. Fine. Kerry wants to regime change Bush through politics. Fine. What is the problem here?
The lesson here is just this: political correctness is a bipartisan phenomenon, but it is still highly associated in most people's minds with the left. Many of the dangerous, pernicious, freedom-stifling effects that conservatives claim are just as prevalent (if not more, as I believe) on the right. Watch this war for the clearest example. They used to attack us for not supporting the troops. Then, we made clear how much we support the troops. So, they claim that we say we support the troops, but that you can't really support the troops if you don't support the president, because, as commander-in-chief, the president is the uber-troop. This would be funny if it weren't so dumb. The point is that dissent is being demonized, and has been demonized ever since 9/11. It's getting worse now, and we've all got to be vigilant and strong. Mark my words, this war is going to have descendants, and one of those descendants will be in progress during campaign 2004. It might be the long-term ccupation of Iraq, or it might be war with Iran or Syria. I don't know. But the Republicans are going to keep this going indefinately, and someone in Washington, or someone in the media, is going to tell us that voting against George W. Bush in 2004 is unpatriotic, if not treason. It's going to be said. Maybe by Ann Coulter, maybe by Tom Delay, I don't know. But that idea is going to planted in the public mind, and some of the public will believe it.
Get ready. The election is coming, and it's going to be really, really ugly.