Political correctness continues its infectious spread, and its proponents continue to lobby for the coercive conformity of all dissenters. If this isn’t detrimental enough, their persistent outcries concerning their victimhood have served to cow authority at nearly every sphere of our society: corporate, academic, governmental, and beyond. An NFL player makes a racist or bigoted comment. Outcry! The NFL puts that player through indoctrination “sensitivity training.” A CEO supports a gay marriage ban with his personal finances. Outcry! He’s forced to resign. A Yale lecturer says students need not be concerned about politically correct Halloween costumes. Outcry! Another forced resignation. The trend in all of these is the expectation – no, the demand – from liberals that conformity be enforced from the top down (a demand that authorities are bowing to). There’s a word for this, and that word is oppression.

Let’s look at this from another angle – an everyday angle that might carry more force for us. This comes from a father, “Anonymous Suburban Dad,” (the mere fact of his desire for anonymity speaks volumes) writing in The Federalist. He tells a story of how, on the way to drop off his kids at school, he swatted backward at a child’s hands to stop an ongoing squabble between his kids. A couple of hours after dropping them off, he received a call from his wife:

“So, did you smack Pumpkin on the way into school today?” “Uhhhh… yeah?” I replied, wondering how on earth she knew (not that this had been the first time either of us had delivered a little backseat justice).

Then she tells me, “Evidently another parent saw you do it from the car behind you, and took a picture of your license plate with her smartphone. Then she followed you to the school and went in to complain about it, saying she’d seen you hitting your kid!” Needless to say, I was shocked and more than a little appalled. Who does that?

The wife went on to say, “So the teacher she told had to tell the school officials. Who then had to interview our son.” […]

This school official […] let us know she was required by law to file a report with Child Protective Services.

The final section of Anonymous Suburban Dad’s article falls under the heading “Parent Like Me or I’ll Tell Big Brother”:

Is this the future? Will we see more people spying on each other, using their smartphones for a little high-tech tattle-tale-ing? Calling the authorities to handle things they won’t bring up to people to their faces? Expanding their helicoptering and over-parenting past their coddled offspring out to everyone else’s? I think we can count on it.

What was intended as a message to parents ends up being a pretty good overview of the oppressive PC regime. “Parent like me or I’ll Tell Big Brother” could just as well be restated as “Think Like Me or I’ll Tell Big Brother.” We’ve observed time and time again that the PC police are not satisfied to be allowed to parent in their own way (or think, or speak, or do), but others must be forced to do the same or be penalized.

You can call this conspiratorial or fear-mongering all you want, but there’s just way too much of this sort of thing for such accusations to pass muster. It’s time to wake up to where we’re going.