The costs of political correctness

By Eddie R. Dunlap | Published Saturday, January 25, 2014

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The events of Sept. 11, 2001 magnified for every citizen of the U.S. a certain loss of innocence from lifestyles and ambivalent attitudes toward the outside world.

The sense of superiority of the United States had been seriously shaken by acts of terrorism, the destruction of an American landmark, and the deaths of thousands. The country we once believed to be protected by good neighbors and two oceans was exposed as vulnerable by cowardly acts of violence. Most puzzled citizens ask themselves, how could this have happened in the United States of America?

Thrust earlier into World War II by a similar loss, the United States came together as a union to unleash an industrial complex in a capitalistic economy which produced the greatest superpower known to man. Except for the Soviet Union, no one dared challenge the giant. The United States persevered, became champion of western ideology, breadbasket for the world, and benefactor for the world’s needs.

Security, both national and personal, was taken for granted and not elevated in the nation’s hierarchy of needs. Privacy and liberty were guaranteed by our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” became the calling card for the United States of America.

The United States opened its arms to many cultures, and indeed multiculturalism has become mandated in liberal society. Discrimination of any sort is taboo. Affirmative action protocols and quota systems are accepted and utilized as reparation for mistakes of previous generations. Avoiding ideas, actions, or characteristics possibly construed as deleterious to open acceptance of individual equality for every human regardless of national origin became expected as “politically correct” behavior.

Occasional occurrences of serial criminal behavior or potential threats to national security required good investigational police work where specialists were summoned to categorize a profile of the transgressors. This “profiling” became an accepted method for identifying those who had, or would do harm to innocent civilians.

Though successful, profiling often drew attention to individuals or groups outwardly identifiable by skin color or nationality.

In our new world of universal acceptance and multiculturalism, good policing techniques became inconsistent with political correctness. Under a liberal guise of equality, profiling has become unacceptable – and now the U.S. Attorney General seeks to forbid this good policing mechanism from being utilized by the FBI.

Almost simultaneously we learn that the same administration supports the National Security Agency’s spying on every citizen. So at the costs of our national security, our constitutionally-guaranteed privacy, and the liberty of free speech we are not allowed to be politically incorrect by profiling. Phew!

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin

Eddie R. Dunlap

3 Responses to “The costs of political correctness”

  1. Spoken like a true White Male raised in an era when many of the city halls has Whites only Water Fountains and Bathroom Facilities.

  2. Jim Popp says:

    There comes a point when political correctness becomes absolute and plain STUPIDY! I personally believe that our country went beyond that point long ago. We need to STOP worrying so much about offending people of certain ethnic backgrounds and start concentrating more on who is causing most of the terror attacks. If you are a member of that particular ethnic group, stop complaining and concentrate more on speaking out against those in your ethnic group committing these horrible acts, and start turning those of your ethnic group in who are radicals and you know it! That will hekp end both of our problems and you won’t have any more reason to complain about being “targeted”.

  3. I have to agree with Mr Popp. but the problem I have found is too many people have been raised to believe people of a different color are somehow marginalized. I was not exposed to a large amount of prejudice when I was being raised, it was not apart of my daily life. When ever I have confronted a person of prejudice they simple believe that they are in the right, that their rights as an individual are more superior to the same rights give to another person. I never had the indignity of being stopped on the street for simple being black, or chicano, or Mexican American, jewish, even gay or muslim. Any extreme thought be it religious, political, racial has to be supported by intolerance and hatred and is there not enough of that in world already. i just know this I had to come to Texas to see it in the light of a Burning Cross in a field outside Boyd Texas one night to know that this type of unacceptable prejudice still exist and the thought that my Uncle sacrificed his life on a beach in France so that the very thing he fought has come to exist in Texas with one raised arm shows the danger of defending political and social justice. Evil succeeds with good me do nothing


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