All through this election cycle, we have heard Republican Candidates, Fox News, and other conservative media rail against “Political Correctness”. The fact of the matter is they really don’t hate political correctness, as long as they get to define what that is.
The anti-pro choice, anti-gay, anti-woman agendas they are trying to get America to buy into are all versions of “political correctness” as defined by conservatives. If you do not believe in their versions of these issues, you are “politically incorrect” according to their talking points.
However, nothing exemplifies this more than the conservative “outrage” over the Super Bowl Halftime show with Beyoncé.
It began immediately after the new day’s news cycle started yesterday. Steve Doocy thought Coldplay was just OK and Bruno Mars was “fantastic,” he telegraphed his point by noting that Beyoncé “was in there too.”
“I couldn’t really make out what Beyoncé was saying,” host Brian Kilmeade added after the show aired some footage of her performance. “But at the end, we find out Beyoncé dressed up in a tribute to the Black Panthers, went to a Malcolm X formation. And the song, the lyrics, which I couldn’t make out a syllable, were basically telling cops to stop shooting blacks!”
“I think it was outrageous,” Giuliani said. “The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible.”
“This is football, not Hollywood,” he continued, “and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive. And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers.”
So, I guess you can say the main theme in all of this is that a black woman was showing disrespect towards police officers. If you are a black person and don’t like the police, there is something very “politically incorrect” about that stance. If you believe that “Black Lives Matter” there is something “politically incorrect” about you.
Yet, on the other side of the country, there are still four domestic terrorists holding a wildlife refuge sanctuary hostage, with guns. Those four holdouts put out their own video over the weekend. Fox News doesn’t seem to have any problem with their attacks against “police officers”, maybe because they are targeting the nation’s “police officers” the FBI.
These domestic terrorists are all white. They are claiming they are only “exercising” their right to free speech. Yet, they need guns to exercise their free speech.
Many of the original group are under arrest. These four want to be allowed to leave without any charges brought against them for their terrorist activities. They have even built barricades and “defensive” positions in preparation for a shootout with the FBI.
“We just got done talking with the FBI,” said 27-year-old Blanchester, Ohio resident. “They consider fortifying a crime.” Fry said he, Jeff Banta of Nevada, and husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson of Idaho have “every right” to defend themselves from the “oncoming onslaught of people with fully automatic rifles (and) armored vehicles.
In another video posted Sunday, Sean and Sandy Anderson are sitting together and the husband says they feel like hostages because they can’t leave without being arrested.
“What are they to do with us?” Sean Anderson says. “They either let us go, drop all charges because we’re good people, or they come in and kill us. How’s that going to set with America?”
Even some politicians are getting in on the act. A Nevada state Assembly member who is sympathetic to Bundy’s cause, Michelle Fiore, said Monday she and lawmakers from several other states plan to meet in Portland this week to protest the jailing of Bundy and his followers. She said the lawmakers are members of a group called the Coalition of Western States, which opposes federal management of Western lands.
“My folks are prisoners for exercising political free speech. That is not OK,” the Republican lawmaker told the AP.
So, you can see the differences between these two “incidents” and why it is outrageous that Republicans keep talking about “political correctness.” If you are a white person with a gun, and you commit a domestic terrorist act like seizing a wildlife refuge center, and if you are barricading yourself in order to “survive” a planned shootout with police you are “exercising political free speech.”
On the other hand, if you are a black musician, and you do a video or Halftime Show at the Super Bowl showing support for a non-violent group called Black Lives Matter, you are poisoning the minds of the people.
The term “political correctness” has many meanings. One is designed to prevent hurt feelings. One is designed to show compassion. And, from what we have seen from Fox News and other conservative media, one means you can threaten and/or kill federal officers as long as you are a conservative white person.
And the “shirts” keep marching along!