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The Naked Truth: Trump-ing Political Correctness

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   9 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

IMG_20160301_161346Did you vote yesterday, Buttercup? I did, and I hope my kids did, although I didn’t nag them about it. It’s a privilege we’re fortunate to have and one we should exercise—especially those of us sporting the XX chromosomes. Brave women before us suffered and fought to win the right to vote. We owe it to them to let our voices be heard at the ballot box.

Although this is the Naked Truth, I won’t say for whom I voted, because that isn’t anyone’s business. What I can tell you is that I’m not crazy about any of the candidates from either party and wish we had better choices all around. My kingdom for a candidate whose integrity is so stalwart no holes can be poked through it! I know, I know . . . an oxymoron when the subject is politicians.

Trump honestly scares the hell out of me. But rather than wonder at his burgeoning political success, the better question is, “What circumstances have contributed to his rise?”

In part, I attribute it to the fact that our right to free speech is dripping with the acid that is political correctness. In an America where so many people are afraid—yes, afraid—to say what they really think, Trump puts it all out there. Even if you detest him from the top of his famous coif to the tips of his handmade Italian leather shoes, you have to admit he owns a lack of fear regarding political backlash—any backlash at all, come to that. This, in and of itself, is rather refreshing. Please note: I’d feel the same way if we were talking about Hillary Clinton, and I’m not her fan, either. I’m not a fan of any of the candidates, is the problem. Woe is me come November. I won’t be voting for the person I support the most, I’ll be voting for the person I believe is likely to do the least damage while in the White House.

I’m not bringing this up to encourage comments about why Trump is good or bad. Let’s please accept that Trump just is at the moment, whether you want him to be or not. I don’t care if you love him or hate him—you don’t have to out yourself either way. What I want to know is, what factor(s) pertaining to our national climate have, in your opinion, paved his way? And a bonus question: If you could choose the next president from any person alive or dead, who would it be, and why? No rants, please. Just the Naked Truth as you see it. 

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9 Responses to "The Naked Truth: Trump-ing Political Correctness"

  1. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    March 2, 2016 at 11:06 am  

    I’ll leave the Trump question be, but it’s funny…just yesterday I said, “I love this Pope–if he ran for President, I’d vote for him.” So Pope Francis, hands down.

  2. Comment by Pat
    March 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm  

    Our political process is seldom nice, but this one has been not only unpleasant, but also embarrassing. How sad that people in other parts of the world view what’s become a circus filled with name calling, baiting, and antics that border on fisticuffs.

    I can’t imagine in today’s political climate who would be able to breach all the differences and get our Congress to work together for the common public good. It would truly take a miracle worker. Jesus, perhaps? Somehow, I don’t think He’d be interested in taking the job.

  3. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    March 2, 2016 at 6:48 pm  

    “Who will do the least damage” is right. And it’s so hard to really get to know the candidates enough in order to make an informed and educated choice. Last night I voted at the caucus and I just chose the person I wanted, not the one I thought had the best chance of winning (because he doesn’t). If I could elect ANYONE president I would chose Nathanael because he is the most humble person I know – but he would somehow have to find a different first lady. 🙂 If I could chose from past presidents I would probably chose Reagan.

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    March 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm  

    I’m with Cathy. I’m not Catholic, o it isn’t about religion. He is honest, human and caring, somewhat controversial but unafraid to express opinion. Trump’s rudeness supercedes his so called great ideas for change. Hell in a handbasket comes to mind.

  5. Comment by Claudia
    March 2, 2016 at 10:27 pm  

    What lead to this mood…greed for one thing. Another is a generation of children raised by parents who did not want them to be uncomfortable or less than a class “star”…we gave them candy every time they burped and said good job. We did not teach that we did hard jobs and hard work only for a sense of satisfaction for a job well done! No one was made to accept consequences for actions; no one was repsonsible; everyone was a victim; everyone was entitled to whatever they wanted. Ah, guess this has become a rant…but you asked!

  6. Comment by Rob
    March 3, 2016 at 9:15 am  

    Politics, two party politics, has always been designed to keep the people off balance. Trump came along and seemed to thumb his nose at conventional politics. I think that’s why he’s popular. People are tired of having social change and political ideology shoved down their throats by Washington, Hollywood, and corporate media. The founding fathers went to great lengths to make sure the common man was kept out of politics. If you’ll read the arguments at the time, you’ll see they didn’t want the common man to be able to upset their apple cart. In order to vote you had to be a property owner, be worth 10,000 pounds, and pay a poll tax–all of which meant that most of the young boys who carried a musket at Bunker Hill and Valley Forge never got to vote. I think it will be interesting to see what both parties do if their establishment candidates fail to get nominated. I think we’ll find out what I’ve always believed to be true: if your vote counted, they wouldn’t let you do it.

  7. Comment by Sioux
    March 4, 2016 at 7:16 am  

    I agree with Cathy and Linda. The current Pope. (And I’m not Catholic, either.)

    I think Americans–some of them, or many of them–are dazzled by wealth. They think that Trump will make America a rich country. I think they also admire his foot-in-mouth syndrome, since he puts it in, opens it up… and then doesn’t give a flying fig about the backlash. In this era of bending-over-backwards political correctness, many find that refreshing. Or admirable…

  8. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    March 4, 2016 at 8:39 pm  

    Ahh, politics… can only hope for the best for the world.

  9. Comment by Karen Lange
    March 7, 2016 at 8:56 pm  

    I think that someone like Trump – their popularity anyway, signifies a deep frustration in politics and the general state of the nation with some voters. Praying for our country has now taken a deeper and more significant meaning for me. Have a great week!

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