Every significant episode of history has a watershed moment.
At the beginning of the Revolutionary War it was “the shot heard round the world” at Lexington and Concord. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” defined the Civil Rights era. Ronald Reagan’s entreaty to Gorbachev: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” culminated the end of the Cold War.
Time will tell, but such a moment may have occurred Feb 28th, 2017 when a newly minted U.S. President promised a return to American exceptionalism by putting Americans first.
Making America Great Again means reversing the propagation of political correctness sowed wantonly by Barack Obama. In his historic address to Congress Feb 28th, President Trump gave hope to millions that it’s time to close down the tar pit of PC-think.
Here are five examples of PC trends that President Trump will have to slay in order to Make America Great Again.
What an emotional romper room of faux outrage and childish manipulation. Don’t like the co-worker who wears a cross to work? Complain to human resources that you are offended by their religious extremism.
Don’t like rap music? It’s because you’re racist, but say you like rap and you’ll be accused of misappropriating urban culture.
As Weekly Standard Senior Editor Andrew Ferguson recently wrote, microaggression research “has been a daisy-chain of confirmation bias rather than a rigorous pursuit of scientific truth,” yet college campuses are awash in victimization and handwringing worry about unintentionally causing offense.
Anyone who believes in the psychological mirage of safe spaces is also a good bet to have spent considerable class time since Trump’s victory kneading Play-Doh.
Thanks to Obama’s lax immigration policies and his refusal to acknowledge the true threat of Islamic fundamentalism, there are no safe spaces – anywhere. It’s time to put down the puppies and popsicles and face the facts: radical Islamists hate America, and they would like nothing better than to kill American infidels in any safe place of their choosing.
Sanctuary cities are like safe spaces for illegals. These cities collect millions of dollars in federal funding while blatantly thumbing their nose at federal law.
Isn’t it ironic that thousands of pajama-clad college kids, progressive politicians and even churches support sanctuary cities while hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens are less safe because illegals accused of major crimes take refuge in them?
This callous disregard for federal guidelines must end, and early indications are this administration intends to fiscally punish cities that think they can pick and choose which federal laws they will follow and which they’ll ignore.
Political discourse on gender issues has been in the toilet since PC advocates joyfully flushed commonsense and potty propriety down the commode.
A couple of years ago the thought of a man walking into a women’s restroom for the purpose of answering nature’s call was considered indecent. Today, gender dysphoria is considered chic. Gender fluidity is now celebrated and gender is viewed as a selective option – like choosing factory installed equipment on a Toyota Prius.
Prior to the transgender toilet tirade set off by Obama’s guidelines to public schools, the concept of public restrooms was simple. Restrooms were designated “men” and “women” – period. That arrangement had worked well since the outhouse came inside.
Assigning gender in daily speech to those suffering from “gender dyslexia” is now considered insensitive and a greater faux pas than referring to undocumented shoppers at a Black Lives Matter protest as looters.
In the interest of inclusivity and equality, social justice linguists have taken it upon themselves to substitute gender-specific pronouns for more malleable ones. For example, zie or ve can be swapped for he/she, and zieself or verself is more PC than himself/herself.
Gender-neutral language supporters are rumored to be combing the archives of Dr. Seuss for additional ideas for eliminating politically incorrect words like “male,” “female,” and “tamale.”
The good news is there’s a silver lining with an orange tint to all this PC nonsense. Millions of Americans are tired of being told what to think and how to act, and President Trump agrees with them.
If that offends anyone, all the better.
Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. For those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country, welcome. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who tolerate everything but free speech and conservative ideals, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.
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