Raise your hand if you hate political correctness.
PC is something that slowly crept into our society as more and more people chose to become offended by even the most mundane statements. We have reached a point where words with straight-forward, dictionary meanings are now being twisted to mean other things. Following the Republican National Convention, a conversation on MSNBC between Chris Matthews and his guests came to the conclusion that when the Romney campaign and his supporters used the term “Chicago”, they were using it in a racist context. The reasoning? Because there are a lot of black people in Chicago. Now that’s the America we live in today. Was it this bad four years ago? If it was, I can’t recall.
You would think the subject of terrorism would completely barricade itself from the political correctors out there, but, in fact, it was one of the first things to go when President Obama took office. The “War on Terror” would no longer be called as such. The governmental documents that outline the US’s national security strategy were edited to create a new text bereft of the terms “Islamic extremism” and “radical jihad”, among others. It was the Obama Administration’s goal to soften the rhetoric and terminology used when discussing acts of violence perpetrated against our people and interests abroad. It was seen as a chance to restart relations with the Islamic world and improve how we are viewed around the globe. Nice try, but no cigar.
Violence has endured, as our soldiers, embassies, ambassadors and citizens have unceasingly been attacked at every obtainable opportunity across the globe. There have been attempted terrorist attacks at home stopped just in time. The “Christmas Day Bomber”, or more appropriately named “Underwear Bomber”, attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airline, lighting explosives that were sewn inside his undies. He was eventually tried in a civilian court of law, not as an enemy combatant, and sentenced to life in prison. The problem with this is, where do we draw the line on what constitutes just breaking the law and what is a genuine act of war against our nation? Political correctness has blurred that line into utter indiscernibility.
The greatest example of compulsory correctness dealing with terrorism and our military happened right here at home. On November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas (which, by the way, has the highest population of any U.S. base on the planet), Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, opened fire and killed 13 and injured dozens more. As more information was released, details about Hasan’s radical tendencies and his communications with an Islamic cleric in Yemen came to light. In 2008, these facts were reported to the FBI, who ultimately decided he was not a threat. The cleric, who has since been killed in a drone strike, was later designated as a global terrorist and linked to al-Qaeda. This situation, it would seem, was either botched due to complete incompetence or handled as a matter in which the politically correct choice to turn a blind eye was made. After all, they would not want to be labeled as Islamophobic or racist.
As if the situation couldn’t turn into a greater illustration of mismanagement and disgrace, the Obama Administration and Department of Defense labeled the Fort Hood attack as “workplace violence”. Yes, this attack was lumped in with crimes by disgruntled workers and ex-employees looking to get even.
If this is your first time hearing this, I’ll give you a minute to let it sink in…
As our leaders continue to handle Islam, Muslims and the events surrounding them with velvet gloves, we must look to the reality of what is being overlooked:
• At least 33 plots against the U.S. military since September 11, 2001 (70% of those since mid-2009)
• Terrorists attacked our Embassy in Libya, killed our Ambassador and President Obama still will not call it a terrorist attack.
• Islamic leaders in the U.S. are calling for limited free speech in our nation regarding religion.
• Judges in New Jersey and Florida have based rulings on Islamic (Shariah) law instead of the Constitution. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/05/advocates-anti-shariah-measures-alarmed-judges-ruling/)
Are we seriously to believe that these acts of violence cannot continue to spread within the borders of our nation? If our leaders and lawmakers continue to turn a blind eye due to the fear of being labeled anti-Islam or racist or any number of unfair and untrue designations, the extremism will proliferate until it can no longer be controlled. This is not about eradicating rights or discriminating against another religion. This is about protecting the nation and its people, both inside our borders and out.
In the end, political correctness won’t be there to save us.