Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The news this morning reported that ESPN commentator Kurt Schilling has been suspended because he Tweeted a controversial comment comparing radical Islam with Nazis. While I don't know if his comment was technically accurate or not, I do believe his employer was within it's right to suspend him if they wished. But the bigger picture to me is that, once again, knee-jerk political correctness has ruled the day.
"Controversy" is something we just aren't allowed to partake in any more for fear of offending someone, and believe me, there is always a someone out there. We have become all-consumed with being kinder and gentler, while glossing over sometimes hard truths.
As my wife and others remind me regularly, I have a big, often uncensored mouth. But when I say something, in my mind at least I have credible research to back me up, or a logically reasoned position to support me. I don't mind putting my name on what I say or write. Then if someone disagrees, they are free to tell me where I'm wrong, and for the record, I have been known to change my position if I feel the opposite position actually holds up to cross-examination better.
Which beings me to Donald Trump. Why is the current political phenom soaring in all the polls? Is it because his positions are so well thought out and articulated? Doubtful. Why would all of his ardently conservative supporters love him so, when if they'll just think about what he's saying, they'll realize his proposals would absolutely bust the budget? *BLASPHEMY*
Why? Because, IMHO, he has thrown political correctness out the window. He's saying things that people may or may not agree with, but they like the fact that he's saying what he thinks, and he's putting his name on it.
Will this be The Donald's true, lasting political legacy....his willingness to say things out loud that would leave other weak-kneed politicians issuing serial apologies? Would that really be such a bad thing?
OK, so now my NSA / FBI dossier has grown one blog-post-entry thicker. Bite me. This is my story, and I'm stickin' with it. :)