There seems to be a cognitive dissonance spreading among the liberal left, especially when it comes to the idea of what constitutes the political reality of cultural differences.
Now, just to be clear, I am no fan of homogeny. Nor am I any sort of racist, bigot, or prejudicial peabrain. In my eyes, there are good individuals, bad individuals, and a whole lot of us trying to toe the line between the two. We’re flawed creatures by nature, and its a matter of healthy tolerance deciding how best to interact with this variety of folks. (No carte blanche, but no one-sided arguments either).
Also, for the record, there are distinctions to be made among the people of the world, some of which are more important to make than they are politically correct.
The distinction of “white supremacist” is one. These people are filth, first and foremost, and should be labeled, quarantined, and easy to recognize. They have no place in a nation where “all men are created equal”.
Pedophiles, rapists, and political radicals such as Antifa also deserve their comeuppance, at least in terms of exposure…a fact that only a select few will disagree with. (Pope Francis possibly being one such person, unforgivably).
And, despite the concerns of the PC police on the liberal left, radical Islamic terrorists are in the same boat.
Now, President Donald Trump has made it very clear that this is a distinction worth making, especially on the anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.
“Although that fateful Tuesday 17 years ago began like any other, it erupted into horror and anguish when radical Islamist terrorists carried out an unprecedented attack on our homeland,” Trump wrote in his proclamation, noting that the terrorists were “enemies of liberty.”
Trump recalled the unity that Americans experienced in the wake of the attacks.
“When America is united, no force on Earth can break us apart,” he wrote. “Our values endure; our people thrive; our Nation prevails; and the memory of our loved ones never fades.”
Trump honored the nearly 3,000 victims who died in the September 11th attacks as well as the acts of heroism by first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, and the passengers and crew of Flight 93.
“The noble sacrifices of these true patriots are forged into the great history of America,” he wrote. “Today, we honor the memories of the souls we lost on September 11, 2001, and pay tribute to all of the patriots who have sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom.”
Infamously, former President Barack Obama seemingly railed against using a similar designation when referring to the caliphate fighters of ISIS during his second term in the White House. This criticism was rehashed time and again during the 2016 presidential campaign in arguments over the most appropriate uses of political correctness in the realm of national security.