Letter to the Editor: What the rules should be


“Signs, Signs, everywhere signs, blocking out the scenery, breakin my mind, do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs?”
— Five Man Electrical Band, 1970

I have to wonder how and when the unyielding political correctness twaddle emerged and became a driving force  within our freedom-loving culture. Did it begin with early signs and warning labels telling us what we should and should not do to avoid hurting ourselves or did it all start later with signs from the political culture that surrendered our personal freedoms lest we offend others. Maybe it all began in 1970 with a song about the annoying signs of the time.

A Canadian group, the Five Man Electrical Band, released a song called  “Signs” in 1970.  That song speaks of a lack of patience that was developing, even then, with glaring reminders everywhere about what the rules should be. “Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs? (Lyrics from  song.)

Could it be that The Five Man Electrical Band lyrics to “Signs” fostered a full blown beginning for a progressive narrative that featured political correctness? What better way for an idealogical group to advance its agenda in America than through social demands for political correctness and follow up support through the mainstream news media?

We’re told to avoid using certain words and phrases that might offend  a single member of another culture even if an overwhelming majority of Americans are opposed to the cultural changes that may be brought on by that one person. With this lame logic, the minority rules in America. “And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight. So I jumped on the fence and I yelled at the house, ‘Hey,’ what gives you the right?” (Lyrics from the song.)

America doesn’t need half-witted demands from the left that attempt to dictate what we must say and do to remain politically correct. “And the sign says, everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray. I said thank you lord for thinking bout me, I’m alive and doing fine, Oh!” (Lyrics from the song.)

Leroy Donald, Stephens City