(GEORGE CURRY MEDIA)—The two most dramatic political events of last week involving the Republican Party—Donald Trump’s election victories in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries, and GOP Senators re-stating their refusal to even consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court—dramatically illuminate what a certain fashionable, ugly phrase really means and who it most often applies to.
The phrase I’m referring to is “political correctness run amok.”
For more than two decades, those words have been hurled at acts or policies or even just suggestions deemed “too concerned” with making a place in society for this or that outsider group. My own stripped-down definition of the phrase is this: We’re being too kind to the (fill in the blank). Let’s keep on making them feel as if they don’t belong.
But now, it should be clear to all that the Republican Party is the true practitioner of political correctness, and that the wreck the GOP has become since Trump entered its presidential primary contest nearly a year ago is the result of the GOP’s own corrosive dynamic of political correctness run amok. The rigid, reactionary and amoral code of conduct it established within its ranks and, as soon as President Obama took office, stoked within its base of supporters is a powerful example of the damage an unthinking, unquestioning obedience to a particular ideology can do.