In a letter to the editor published June 9, 2010 by the Iosco County (Mich.) News-Herald, Ken Huber nailed it as he described the political correctness that has torn the United States apart. Huber spent many years as a municipal administrator, retiring as city manager in Tawas City, Michigan — population 2,005 on Lake Huron 65 miles north of Bay City.
Little has changed in seven years. Here is the essence of Huber’s letter printed under the headline “What has America become?”:
Let’s see: if we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony, and if the Congress lies to us, it’s just politics. If we dislike a black person, we’re racist, and if a black dislikes whites, it’s their First Amendment right. The government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals, and they do almost nothing for the victims. In public schools, you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process. You can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer. We don’t burn books in America, we now rewrite them. We got rid of the Communist and the Socialist threats by renaming them progressives. We are unable to close our border with Mexico, but we have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea. If you protest against President Obama’s policies, you’re a terrorist. But if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy, it was your First Amendment right.
You can have pornography on TV or the Internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas. We have eliminated all criminals in America — they are now called sick people. We can use a human fetus for medical research, but it’s wrong to use an animal.
We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work. We all support the U.S. Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology. We still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct. Parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games. The land of opportunity is now the land of handouts. The similarity between Hurricane Katrina that ravaged New Orleans and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is that neither president did anything to help.
And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes, and tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their re-election campaigns.
What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave?
— Ken Huber
As the old bromide goes: They told me that if I didn’t like how it’s going, I should just be patient and stick around, because things could be worse. So, I stuck around. And sure enough … things got worse.