Goodbye, political correctness. Hello, spurious honesty. Republican presidential frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson are already winners for distinguishing themselves from one-note pol-bots with their vigorous, unapologetic declaratives about immigrants, radical Muslims, and other migraines of the day. They say what they mean, and mean what they say. Nice.
The refreshing candor is a win-win for people who feel their political system is a colossal failure. It forces other candidates to address the topics of our day. It derails liberal America’s Orwellian push to mush our thoughts into universal pulp fiction.
The Donald and The Neurosurgeon have set a high bar in exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech. They have struck equal chords with supporters, political schizophrenics, closeted conservatives, and lightweight liberals squirming like eels in the jaws of debilitating, demoralizing, even deadly diplomacy.
The blistering backlash to Carson and Trump highlights the perils of political correctness — a propaganda juggernaut originally created to address tact and sensitivity issues, but which has morphed into the problem instead of the solution. These days making a comment considered even slightly prejudiced, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic or in any other way offensive or destructive can have you blackballed, fired, sued or arrested. The result? People are afraid of their own shadows for fear of upsetting the applecart.
Carson and Trump — whether or not they make their party’s nomination — are political and social giants for preserving the strongholds of free speech, without which all that we cherish and hold dear would cease to matter or exist. They know complicated times call for plain talk, but tell that to the institutions whose jarring allegiance to appropriate speech is destroying the nation.
• The Missouri State Fair banned a rodeo clown for wearing an Obama mask, and required other rodeo clowns to undergo sensitivity training.
• Government employees in Seattle were informed they could not use the words “citizen” and “brown bag” because they were potentially offensive.
America’s diversity should extend to all dissenting opinions, and the Don-and-Ben show is a breath of fresh air in the dung heap of political correctness, whose architects and minions should remember the “decent respect to the opinions of mankind” the Founding Fathers had.