Political correctness has gone too far in both parties. It’s especially gone too far in the Democratic Party. At the Netroots Nation annual event this past weekend, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was booed for saying something that shouldn’t be controversial. O’Malley was booed for saying “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” This noncontroversial statement was met with chants of “Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter.”
That’s the perfect example that political correctness has gone too far in the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, this episode in political correctness doesn’t end there. After his time on stage, Gov. O’Malley was interviewed by Joy Williams, the host of This Week. A clearly disoriented O’Malley told Ms. Williams “I believe what I said first is black lives matter. I meant no disrespect. That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect. I didn’t mean to be insensitive in any way.”
It’s one thing to apologize for saying something controversial. Donald Trump and John McCain should both apologize for the things they’ve said this past week. Gov. O’Malley shouldn’t have apologized for what he said. The fact that he didn’t stand up to Netroots Nation and say that he stands by his statements indicates that he isn’t presidential material.
If a candidate can’t stand up to a gathering of activists, why should people think that he’s capable of showing a spine against Putin or the mullahs in Iran? If a candidate’s behavior is subject to that level of political correctness, there’s little chance that he’ll do the right thing regardless of the cost.
America needs someone with the fortitude to do the right thing regardless of the cost. America doesn’t need someone whose actions are dictated by the rantings of the PC police. This was Gov. O’Malley’s Sister Souljah moment. It was his opportunity to show that he was a leader. Instead, he apologized for saying something that didn’t require an apology.
To be fair, though, it isn’t a stretch to think that Hillary Clinton would’ve apologized for making the same statement that Gov. O’Malley made, though it’s possible that Hillary is already PC enough to self-censor herself to the point that she wouldn’t have said it in the first place.
Americans don’t need politicians who play according to the PC police. Americans need solutions-oriented public servants who put a higher priority on doing the right thing than they put on being politically correct.