So the big problem in `America, according to `Republican presidential candidates, is political correctness. At least that’s what Dana Milbank says at the Washington Post.
Trump and his fellow Republican presidential candidates have connected political correctness to virtually every issue: Vladimir Putin. Immigration. The San Bernardino shooting. Planned Parenthood. David Cameron. The Islamic State. Gun ownership. Social networks. Demagoguery. Muslims. Women in the military. Israel. American exceptionalism. Climate change. Education. The mental-health system. The media. The national debt. Drug addiction. Prisoners of war. Women. Torture. Trans fats. …
The notion of political correctness became popular on college campuses a quarter-century ago but has recently grown into the mother of all straw men. Once a pejorative term applied to liberals’ determination not to offend any ethnic or other identity group, it now is used lazily by some conservatives to label everything classified under “that with which I disagree.” GOP candidates are now using the “politically correct” label to shut down debate — exactly what conservatives complained politically correct liberals were doing in the first place.
The people who complain about political correctness are those who want to say stupid things without being challenged. For example, if you look at right wing media these days, the big outrage over political correctness involves college and fried chicken. This from Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post:
Students at an ultra-liberal Ohio college are in an uproar over the fried chicken, sushi and Vietnamese sandwiches served in the school cafeterias, complaining the dishes are “insensitive” and “culturally inappropriate.”
Gastronomically correct students at Oberlin College — alma mater of Lena Dunham — are filling the school newspaper with complaints and demanding meetings with campus dining officials and even the college president.
General Tso’s chicken was made with steamed chicken instead of fried — which is not authentically Chinese, and simply “weird,” one student bellyached in the Oberlin Review.
The story is also on Murdoch’s Fox News, because it’s the conservative shot at liberals.
But this isn’t about political correctness. This is about being stupid. Kids, If you want authentic Asian cooking, don’t go to a school in Ohio. When you see stories about the top restaurants in the world, are any Ohio restaurants listed? The best you can hope for in terms of fried chicken is this:
Of course, Oberlin students are going to be mocked by the right.
But Donald Trump is talking about building walls to keep people out and not letting people into the country because of their religion and if you challenge him on it, he claims you can’t talk about it because of political correctness. Carly Fiorina is making up shit about Planned Parenthood and if you challenge her on it, she throws up the cloak of political correctness. Ted Cruz (who in reality is far more dangerous than Donald Trump and is now considered by the rightists as the best alternative to him) is saying that the shooters in San Bernadino were posting on social media about their plans, but no one did anything because of political correctness.
Mocking them is the least you can do to these people. You have to call them out because they’re either liars or lunatics. What they’re saying is beyond stupid. But this is far more dangerous than a bunch of kids complaining about fried chicken. The students don’t want to run the biggest nuclear power in the world. The kids want lunch.