I know that they MUST have one, and that it MUST have an Orwellian tinge, like “Clean Skies Initiative.” The latest example of whatever-you-call-it showed its ugly face for the Olympics (and, of course, NOT racially at all):
RIO DE JANEIRO — Several people took to Twitter to take Gabby Douglas to task for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women’s gymnastics team captured the gold at the Olympics….
No Republican leaders in evidence, of course.
Gabby Douglas did the proper and graceful thing and tweeted:
“In response to a few tweets I saw tonight, I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played. I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone. I’m so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country!”
This is a skill reserved, evidently to Olympians. The Republican Presidential Candidate cannot seem to grasp this technique.
But there are two observations to be gleaned from this tempest in a small thimble.
First, that demands politicians call terrorists “radical Islamic terrorists” or whatever the whatever that GOP term is are simply the Dreaded Political Correctness that half the hatriot brigade at the Recent Debacle In Cleveland insisted was the root cause of all modern problems and the reason what Johnny Cain’t Reed. Until we stop playing this morality game of “heads I win, tails you lose” there is no possible reconciliation of Red and Blue world views* (* OK, weltanschauung, if you want to get technical).
Second, that it is an imbecilic and idiotic age that we live in when a CBS “reporter” can grab a bunch of twitter chatter, do an involuntary and via remote control “man on the street interview” and take up bandwidth in so doing. Including the echoes. Ah, clicks!
Someone said something witty about America being a nation waiting to be offended, and, could I remember what it was, I’d undoubtedly agree wholeheartedly.
Kind of like that GOP term for “politically correct.”