“A Christmas Story” is such a popular movie that two different cable networks run it for 24 hours straight around Christmas time. It surely never occurred to anyone before 2016 to write, let alone publish, a 1,500-word essay about how it is a subtly racist movie that exemplifies white privilege and conceals the ways the Northern Indiana town it was set in was built on oppression. This silly essay is just a single bullet fired in our long cultural battle over political correctness. The aggressors are members of a left-liberal-dominated elite determined to bend public morality according to their biases and hatreds. They believed until about 9 p.m. on Election Night that they had successfully established their own brand of tyrannical relativism. But there is and never has been national consensus on these matters. And the result of the election suggests that America has reached a point at which it is sick to death of being lectured by busybodies about what ordinary people may think and say in decent society. Not everyone, not even a majority, is comfortable with the bizarre and dehumanizing ideas routinely foisted on less militant citizens in the name of self-affirmation for one group or another. The public is not interested in cultivating obsessive concern over microaggressions. Not everyone agrees when they are told, often angrily, that belief in marriage as a sacrament is merely a centuries-old excuse for oppression. Not everyone heeds the command to pretend that Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Many look on, aghast, at the brutal public shamings so frequently meted out to those who say almost anything mildly insensitive. They don’t like threats to individual rights made in the name of sensitivity. They notice that everything the political and cultural elite disagrees with is quickly defined as bigotry. Moral pressure even induced both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to embrace the absurd idea that immigration law is per se racist. Voters, especially the many non-traditional Republican voters who gave President-elect Trump his victory, did not have to be conservative or even political to see something was terribly wrong. All they had to do was have their eyes open. They only had to feel the anger that comes naturally to people who are commanded by the self-important to behave irrationally. There are many explanations for the 2016 election. But at the heart of the matter remains the question: How did Trump, for all his manifest faults, become the champion of the working class voter, the little guy, the men and women who feel their opinions are scorned and their voices unheeded? As Trump repeatedly did and said things that would have ended anyone else’s political career, he won rather than lost admiration. Why? Because by example, not just by precept, he rejected, day in and day out, every convention and custom demanded by an overbearing, supercilious and detested cultural elite. He became the champion of the common man because he made himself the enemy of their enemy. It is probably too much to expect that 2016 was the year in which the tide of political correctness turned, but one can hope we now at last hear the start of its long, withdrawing roar from public concerns. No doubt its latest excesses will be outdone by yet more egregious flourishes in 2017. But there is some hope even in that; cults and empires are at their most extravagant and unstable in their death throes.
Political correctness has been destroying the soul of our country. It is the pc police and speech nazis who need to be put in check. The next time one of them shouts “microaggresson” when you say something they disapprove of, simply throw it back in their face when the opportunity presents itself. The editorial staff at the Washington Examiner are responsible for that editorial op/ed.