To the Editor: A letter to The Chief-Leader (Mar. 13 issue) essentially posits that progressive politicians are losing unionized workers’ votes because such leaders are too focused on “political correctness (PC), identity politics and racial and social grievances.”
I suppose this is all that is left for working folks who vote against their own economic interests to complain about since Donald Trump has taken away most Republican voters’ traditional grievances—debt and deficits, dishonesty, immorality, America’s world standing, an overreaching executive, softness on Communist regimes, etc.
Just so I understand this, supporters of the GOP who were quick to label Minnesota House member Ilhan Omar an “anti-Semite” and demand she resign simply because she criticized Israeli policy under Benjamin Netanyahu are offended by political correctness. And, these same folks who cheered loudly when the head of the GOP, President Trump, told four women of color “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came” are upset by identity politics and racial and social grievances. Give us all a break. Conservatives are obsessed with identity politics and racial/social grievances, as shown by the aforementioned letter.
As for PC, let’s look at its origins and what it really means. Along with the civil and women’s-rights movements of the 1960s and 70s came a change in societal mores. Public opinion shifted and it was no longer acceptable to be governed by leaders who made overt racist or sexist statements. Gone were the days when a candidate or office-holder could remain politically viable after saying something clearly offensive. George Allen discovered this in 2006 when he referred to an African-American student as “Macaca,” as did Todd Akin in 2012 when he said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that down.”
These statements are not politically incorrect—they are just plain wrong. To all those who believe PC is out of control, please, please, please send in letters with examples where someone lost their political career over an innocent, non-offensive comment.
Retired 28-year DOT employee
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