Donald Trump, Civility and Political Correctness

by J. Matt Barber

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Orlando, FL  -(Ammoland.com)- Full disclosure: As goes election 2016, I'm decidedly not in the Donald Trump camp.

To compare Trump to Ronald Reagan, as some have done, is like comparing a Hostess Ding Dong to a seven course meal at Osteria Francescana. Though each may please the palate, the latter offers both substance and sustenance, while the former, a quick endorphin fix and empty calories.

Trump is no conservative. He's a big-government, tax-and-spend liberal who has spent most his life supporting Democrats and Democratic causes. Mr. Trump's moral compass lacks due north. Its needle spins faster than Hillary Clinton on a Tilt-A-Whirl. Donald Trump believes what Donald Trump believes because he's Donald Trump – not because what he believes has any basis in fact.

Like many liberals, the Donald is prone to engage in the ad hominem attack when pushed into a corner on questions of substance (e.g., a propensity to mock the physical appearance of his detractors). Such personal insults are shallow, juvenile and, rather than representing a challenge to the dictates of political correctness, show a boorish lack of civility and decorum.

Still, don't get me wrong. In some ways, and like millions of Americans, I find Trump both endearing and entertaining. I believe his conventional-wisdom-defying rise in the polls can be attributed, primarily, to three things:

First, he's anti-establishment. The conservative base of the Republican Party is sick of the GOP leadership's empty campaign promises, gutless lack of resolve and failure to use all means at their disposal to rein-in Obama's lawlessness and hold him accountable. Bringing John Boehner and Mitch McConnell into political combat is like bringing a wet noodle to a sword fight.

Second is Trump's bold, often witty and always delightful smackdowns of mainstream media so marinated in leftist ideology and political correctness that they wouldn't recognize objective journalism if it bit 'em in the … well, you get the idea. (For a great analysis of this phenomenon read Tristan Emmanuel's short E-book, “Donald Trumps the Media.”)

Finally, and I think this is the big one, Mr. Trump has quickly come to both signify and personify Middle America's utter disdain for all things politically correct.

“I don't frankly have time for total political correctness,”he told Megyn Kelly in the GOP's first presidential debate. “And to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either.”

Of course, not everyone agrees. In a recent op-ed titled, “Civilities: The current rage about ‘political correctness' is both wrong and rude,” Washington Post columnist Steven Petrow laments, “‘Political correctness' has long been considered a pejorative, an accusation hurled at those of us who choose our words carefully so as not to insult others….”

“Language evolves all the time, and a change that allows individuals and groups to claim their own identity increases civility, which costs the rest of us nothing.”

Ah, moral relativism – the secular left's escape pod from reality.

“Language evolves all the time.” Get that? That's Orwellian for, “Yes, we liberals understand that words have meaning. That's why, when we don't like the meaning of words, we arbitrarily invent and ascribe a new meaning to those words to suit our pseudo-utopian political ends – the truth be damned.”

Petrow continues, “Far from restricting debate, the language of political correctness has returned a new dignity to formerly marginalized groups.”

Far from restricting debate? A new dignity? Tell that to presently marginalized groups like Christians and conservatives who prefer to operate within the sometimes-jarring universe of objective reality, rather than the fantastical realm of Planet Progressivism. Tell that to Kim Davis – to the Christian baker, florist, photographer and other business owners who now face six-figure fines or even jail time for merely acknowledging the politically incorrect fact that marriage remains as it's always been – the union of a man and a woman.

Like Trump often does, what Mr. Petrow has done here is to conflate political correctness with civility. These are two entirely different things. Political correctness is a barrier to truth and a doorway to tyranny. Its sole purpose is to silence dissent from leftist orthodoxy – to shut down open discourse and honest debate on the merits. Political correctness is marked by “progressive” wishful thinking, while actual correctness is marked by dispassionate truth.

And never the twain shall meet.

Merriam Webster defines “political correctness” as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.”

The key words here are “offend” and “eliminated.” It should also be noted that “political sensibilities” is better described as “liberal sensibilities.” In other words, political correctness dictates that “language and practices” that “offend” liberals must be “eliminated.”

How uncivil.

“I'm sensing something in the air these days, and it's unsettling,” continues Petrow. “At a recent dinner party, my host went on a rant about Caitlyn Jenner (whom she insisted on calling ‘Bruce Jenner'), which devolved, quickly, into a full-throttle tirade against being ‘politically correct.'”

Mr. Petrow's reference to Jenner provides a wonderful opportunity to contrast political correctness with civility.

Politically correct version: “Caitlyn Jenner is a courageous woman who used to be a man named Bruce. She has transitioned to the woman she's always been and is a wonderful role model for everyone, especially LGBT youth. She's a hero. Off with the old, on with the new.”

Civil version: “Bruce Jenner is a mentally ill man who is pretending to be a woman. He has mutilated his body to appear feminine by adding artificial breasts, pumping himself full of synthetic estrogen and having cosmetic surgery. He ostensibly intends – if he has yet to do so – to have his genitalia destroyed as well. Bruce still has, and will always have, an X and a Y chromosome. He will always be male and he will never be female. He is to be pitied rather than emulated. Bruce Jenner, and others who suffer from gender identity disorder, need psychiatric help, our sympathies and our prayers.”

As you can see, the politically correct version, though flowery and nice sounding, is completely untethered from reality, while the civil version, though jarring to those who choose to deny reality, happens to be true. Mr. Petrow calls America's growing rejection of political correctness, “unsettling.” I can see that. To folks who prefer the makeshift murkiness of relativism, the crystal clarity of absolute truth must be unsettling indeed.

And so back to Donald Trump. To the extent this intransigent GOP front-runner continues to hold the Republican establishment's feet to the fire, debunk the myth of an “unbiased media” and undermine the postmodern concept of political correctness, I say, go get 'em, big guy.

Beyond that – well, I'm just glad the primary isn't Tuesday.

About Matt Barber:

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in-chief of BarbWire.com and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. In addition to his law degree, Matt holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University.

Matt is both an author and a popular columnist. He's known for a unique writing style (an entertaining blend of thoughtful analysis and Swiftian satire, delivered with a rapier wit). Many newspapers and online publications run Matt's columns, to include WND, TheBlaze, the Washington Times, TownHall and many more. Author of the book, “The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War,” Matt is currently penning his first novel.

In addition to frequent public speaking engagements, Matt has appeared as a cultural analyst on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN and is a regular guest on dozens of talk radio programs and networks including Michael Savage, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, Dennis Prager, the Michael Medved Show, the Janet Mefferd Show and others. Matt also co-hosts “Faith and Freedom” a daily legal and cultural issues talk radio program heard on about 90 stations across the country.

Matt served twelve years in the Army National Guard, was a law enforcement officer for three years and a corporate fraud investigator for five years.

Setting him apart from others in his various fields, Matt was an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer retiring in 2004. Prior to turning pro, he was a several time state and regional Golden Gloves champion, competing in the 1992 Western Olympic Trials and winning a Gold Medal in the 1993 Police and Fire World Games.

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    The article was subjective to say the least. But Trump is causing a cyclone of uncertainty for the basic reason he is not Politically Breed into the “system”. That is why the Liberal media is in frenzy of not understanding Trump, he has no political “baggage” like Bush and the others for them to inundate with PC crap…Also the candidates focus on issues against Trump and my problem is they never focused on the DH we currently have in office. To me that’ what they should really being doing so it reflects against the Democratic/Socialist Party. But as always “No… Read more »

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    We do not need another loser GOP nominee like John McCain and Mitt Romney. They both sucked horribly because of political correctness, and not having any fight in them. They were both cowards to political correctness. You may not like Trump, at least he is fighting for something. He can not fuck up this country any worse than obama has. The GOP needs a fighter to replace Boehner, and a fighter in the white house. If you want politically correct, and bankruptcy, vote for hillary. She will be happy to raise your taxes.

    Al Schmidt
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    Al Schmidt

    You are as full of sh*t as a Thanksgiving Turkey. We don’t need a Jeb or Krispy Kreme to be the GOP nominee as they will lose big time!

    Grey Beard
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    Grey Beard

    Thanks Craig. An interesting read. I agree with what Moses ordered and did to the worshipers of Baal and suspect the Crusaders were following the same basic instructions. Too bad the Crusaders were not as successful as Moses. Political correctness is CRAP at best, and censorship at worst. I’m very tired of some idjit democrat/liberal/progressive/communist stealing words from to and changing the definition. I’ve always been a gay fellow, happy and gay is the way I’d describe it. Now a bunch of sexual deviants suffering from sexual inversion have taken it away. I still use it though, and am Not… Read more »

    james
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    james

    I wonder if Colbert loaned Donald the Eagle that he used in the nut commercial.

    Craig Butelo
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    Craig Butelo

    Is it politically correct for God to command the killing, slavery and rape of children?  “Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” (Moses – Numbers 31:17) Answer me one question. If your loved one was seriously injured would you have the ambulance take them to a church or a hospital to be healed? Even you know that science has a better chance to heal them than a god that… Read more »

    Al Schmidt
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    Al Schmidt

    What may be a generate

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    Miike

    Matt may not be a fan of Trump and will probably not vote for him. So my question to him is: are you a Republican? If he is the nominee, will you campaign and then vote for him? If the answer to that last is no then you are an example of what we call RINOs.

    CommonSense4America
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    CommonSense4America

    If Trump had to sign an agreement stating that he would support any other GOP nominee, why wouldn’t any other ‘true’ republican support Trump if he is the nominee?

    Herb
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    Herb

    Political Correctness = bullshit instead of truth.

    JF
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    JF

    Good article.

    I was going to suggest that the author might shorten his bio a bit, as the length was a bit “self Trumpeting”…

    But after watching his 16 second KO from a few years ago in the linked boxing match, he can write it as long he wants!