Is it something in the water? In Minnesota’s case, it actually is. An invasive carp species is destroying some of the state’s most delicate ecosystems, wreaking havoc on the fishing industry that employs many and feeds many more. The Minnesota Senate is ready to do something about the fish before any more damage can be done.

Not the damage to the Minnesota waterways, mind you. The damage to the feelings of Asian-Americans, who are supposedly offended by the carp’s name. While guilt has led State Senator John Hoffman to propose a bill that would change the fish’s name to the “invasive carp,” and the bill has been approved by the Senate at large. It won’t do anything about the actual problem of feral fish, but it represents a fantastic chance for liberals to suddenly “care” about an issue of literally zero importance.

And if Minnesota’s PC Police get bored with the Asian carp, they can turn their attention to the state flag. In the Star Tribune this week, Professor Judith Harrington argues that the flag deserves to be cast into the great fireplace of history right alongside the Confederate banner.

The flag, first hoisted in 1893, “does not reflect the values and sensibilities of Minnesotans today,” according to Harrington. By depicting a working white man and a hunting Indian (“a racist, stereotyped Indian”), the flag fails to depict the real history of the state.

The contrast in the images of the figures is interesting: The image of the pioneer, a peaceful man who has laid down his gun and is plowing his field, is juxtaposed with the image of the Indian, who may still want to fight (his spear is at the ready) but who seems to be riding away.

Harrington may not make a particularly compelling case for the removal of the flag, but she has a promising career as a creative writer ahead of her. Anyone who can look at that flag and find the racism she decries has a flair for imaginative thinking. One can only assume that she is a proponent of a name change for the Asian carp as well.

With this kind of philosophy, we can systematically change everything in America over and over again until no one is ever offended. Except, of course, that’s impossible. There are two sides to every story. And until we recognize that changing symbols and label doesn’t actually change anything, we’re going to keep falling for these politically correct tricks that are little more than distractions. They are opportunities for Democrats to show that they are the compassionate, feeling party, drawing attention away from the fact that their real policies are disastrous and anti-American.