Come Correct- Politically or Otherwise
No matter what side of the political spectrum you find yourself on you cannot deny that what we are experiencing this season is an epic shift in the etiquette, decorum and conversation consuming the race and rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign. Qualifications and experience be damned, this year’s run is all about the fatigue the electorate “feels” towards the entire political establishment and the usual “players” in that game. Ordinary people are coming out in droves to rally behind the most unlikely of candidates, some of whom promote the most base and regressive ideology just to rile up the gathered crowds who seem hungrier than ever for “red meat.”
These politicians talk about being tired of trying to always be “politically correct” while simultaneously pointing out that America’s “problem is that ‘we’ have become too ‘politically correct!”’ What it seems they mean when they tout these assertions, as fact, really has to do with the ways in which America has changed over the decades and the multiplicity of voices and perspectives now demanding to be heard. The truth is while our democracy has been slowly, but with steady progress, including previously marginalized voices in the conversation about who we are as “Americans” and where we are going as a nation, it engages a full frontal challenge to the implications of what the dominant culture now refers to (often with disdain) as “political correctness.” The diversity of voices and perspectives currently at the table of dialogue will no longer allow the conversation to be dominated by discursive language that promotes false narratives and pejorative labels or perspectives of the citizens and people who have been previously marginalized by this dominant culture. In other words, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, religious persecution and the like will not go down without a challenge. Not today. In 2016, you better come correct!
All this talk about “I like him because he’s telling it like it is!” is merely a veil for something far more sinister. This intentionally un-named champion of the so-called “truth” is merely taking a page out of the playbook from decades gone by when the language of racial hatred, segregation and intolerance was spoken profusely and publicly by not only elected officials and clergy but particularly those vying for public office. When exposed and called out as being counter to the platitudes and foundations of freedom and justice upon which this nation was built, that challenge was met with force and bloodshed. The struggle for freedom, liberty and justice for all has been long, hard and bloody. “And The Struggle Continues.” The political rhetoric in this season is often crass, complete with profanity, racial slurs, xenophobic and fascist ideology pouring from the platform of political speak, and replayed daily by the 24 hour media machine that no longer seems interested in veracity or truth telling. Political Personalities dominate the news cycle like clips and sound bytes from Entertainment Tonight. The hope is that the voting public takes the gravity and importance of electing the President of the United States more seriously than the hoards of people gathering to applaud candidates who openly tout racism and misogyny while inciting mob violence against voices of dissent.
Up Next Week: The Naysayers…don’t tell the truth