OPINION – Excuse me, but I’m a little cranky today.
Check that. I’m ticked off.
I’m about up to here with the crude and rude behavior I’ve seen exhibited lately, primarily by people who have embraced the Donald Trump campaign.
The only thing I can hang it on is a lot of people are suffering from Trumpitis.
You see, this blight on human dignity is spawning a whole group of people who see nothing wrong with disparaging remarks about women, specific races, ideologies, all in the name of “telling it like it is” and bashing “political correctness.”
There’s a problem here, a serious problem as the erstwhile supporters of this billionaire big-mouth adopt his coarse, intolerant behavior.
Telling it like it is? That’s honorable. We can all use a dose of truth. However, the only truth exhibited here is one of extreme misogyny, indigestible racism and a general dislike for humanity.
It’s the new four-letter word of a group of people who hijacked the word “liberal” years ago and turned it into a pejorative, spitting it out as if liberalism was akin to mass murder.
You’re off your rocker if you think either adaptation of those words is accurate, appropriate or applicable.
There is nothing wrong with political correctness. It is the epitome of people who care about others and avoid, whenever possible, insulting or denigrating a faction of our society, whether male, female, black, white, brown or of a particular political, religious or societal bent.
Being politically correct does not mean you are lying, it means you are expressing an opinion without being insulting, rude or crude.
Telling it like it is?
It relates to the late Howard Cosell who was known for his lack of spin. Did it mean he was rude or crude? Nope, it meant he was a seeker of truth, not a proponent of promoting sick, twisted prejudices.
I shudder every time I hear somebody say presidential hopeful Donald Trump is simply “saying what everybody’s thinking.”
Sorry, there are many of us for whom Trump does not speak.
There are many of us who would never denigrate women the way he has. There are many of us who would never attack another race the way he has. There are many of us who would not speak with such arrogance and anger in our hearts.
I have seen, frequently in recent days, people who have been emboldened to the point of being insulting, disrespectful, unconcerned with their words and actions.
I have seen people dragged through the muck and mire repeatedly for their errors or frailties. I have seen people slandered by loose tongues and poorly wired brains who have giddily exploited others for their own self-serving purposes.
All it does is make them look stupid, petty, pathetic, and, quite frankly, I am sick of it.
No, I won’t listen to your sexist patter.
No, I don’t think your racial jokes or rants are funny or on the mark.
No, I will not succumb to the basest instincts of some who are, in reality, repulsive examples of how far humanity has sunk.
I also refuse to shrug it off in the interest of keeping the peace. It is not acceptable to hear somebody say, “Well, you know … that’s (so and so) and you know how he/she is …. Just take it with a grain of salt.”
No, I refuse.
I have too much respect for myself and humanity to do that.
You can have opposing views, can have your own opinions and express them without trying to devastate another human being. There is no call for that.
When this whole Trump thing began, there were many who took his campaign as a joke, saying he was just feeding his ego, and that he would disappear when he got bored. The Huffington Post even relegated coverage of his campaign to its entertainment section. It was a misguided decision because that joke has become a tragedy as more come under the influence of Trump’s insensitive intoxication.
Look, everybody who decides to run for the presidency is feeding their ego, that’s a given. We are long past the era of statesmen looking to improve the welfare of the nation. Now, we just hold our nose in the voting booth and hope whoever emerges the victor doesn’t screw things up beyond all repair.
But this Trump thing is dangerous.
When skinheads at a Trump rally start shouting “White power!” in support of his words, something is wrong.
When two brothers beat a homeless Mexican man with a pipe and urinate on him in a town as supposedly civilized as Boston, then tell the cops, as documented in the arrest report: “Donald Trump was right; all these illegals need to be deported,” something is wrong.
When you learn that a white supremacist, as reported in the Grand Forks Herald, wants to buy a chunk of land on the North Dakota-Manitoba border to build and name a community after Donald Trump, something is wrong.
When you learn that a guy with “Make America Great Again” emblazoned on a baseball cap and who talks about the ills of shipping jobs overseas has sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas to work in his companies since 2000, including 70 he applied to import in August to work at his elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida to work as cooks, wait staff and cleaners, according to U.S. Department of Labor data analyzed by Reuters, something is wrong.
Not long ago, Matt Taibbi, the political analyst for “Rolling Stone” magazine, did a piece on Trump.
When the polls started showing a growing number of people supporting Trump, Taibbi wrote: “This is the moment when Donald Trump officially stopped being funny.”
But, to some of us, Donald Trump has never been funny because there is no humor in defamation, denigration or denying somebody their dignity.
Ed Kociela is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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