WASHINGTON. It seems that President Donald Trump is in trouble. Again. And as always, it’s over something he said. The president is understandably tired of political correctness and Democrats in general. That’s particularly true of the Disloyal Opposition’s efforts to twist former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nothing burger of a Russia-collusion report into a smoking gun. Which, of course, requires Trump’s impeachment.
Mueller’s poor performance in his testimony before Congress last Wednesday actually convinced more than a few media talking heads that impeachment is all but dead.
Begging for an audience
But try to tell that to Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings. Cummings held a press conference to toss what can only be described as a “Hail Mary pass.” He frantically urged the folks in flyover country to “pay attention to what is going on” regarding his party’s baseless call for Trump’s impeachment.
Cummings’ desperate plea follows the clear demise of the Russia-collusion narrative pushed by Democrats and the media for more than two years. As he did with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump has handily beaten the Democrat/media industrial complex at its own game.
Uncovering the origins of the Russia hoax
Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr delves deeper into the origins of the Russia-collusion hoax. His focus will shift to where the focus should have been all along. Namely, the Obama administration’s shaky justification for launching a counterintelligence operation against a rival political party’s presidential campaign. The resulting domestic spying operation used opposition research provided by Hillary Clinton, a British secret agent, and his Kremlin sources as its centerpiece.
The Tweets that shook the world
And that brings us back to what Trump said. It was decidedly lacking in political correctness.
The president reminded Cummings that his obsession with impeachment has consistently neglected his constituents. Today, most of them find themselves back in Hell’s little half-acre, missing out on the rewards of the robust Trump economy. These poor souls reside in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in Baltimore, a city whose murder rate FBI estimates put at roughly 56 per 100,000. That’s one of the highest death tolls and murder rates among America’s big cities.
So sad that Elijah Cummings has been able to do so little for the people of Baltimore. Statistically, Baltimore ranks last in almost every major category. Cummings has done nothing but milk Baltimore dry, but the public is getting wise to the bad job that he is doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
Another presidential tweet embedded a video by conservative commentator Kimberly Klacik. She’s an African-American member of Baltimore County’s Republican Central Committee. The video illustrates the squalid conditions in West Baltimore. They more closely resemble conditions in hellholes like Mogadishu, Somalia than what we should see in a historic American city like Baltimore. After all, this is the city whose stand against the British in the War of 1812 inspired our national anthem.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
If only Cummings felt as passionately about the plight of real people as he does over imagined threats by imaginary Russians. Russians whose imaginary agents, with Trump’s imaginary aid, deprived Hillary Clinton of her imaginary historic presidency.
Without impeachment, Cummings, Democrats resort to fake political correctness
For his acerbic observation on Cummings’ failings in Baltimore, the usual suspects reflexively labeled him as – what else – a “racist.” The left attaches that moniker to those who dare to notice that cities and regions controlled by Democrats are reverting back to the plague-infested, urban precincts of medieval Europe.
But that grim truth, if publicized, would more likely grab the public’s attention were it not diverted by the distraction of impeachment trumpeted by Cummings and other Democrats. For that reason, the party of slavery and Jim Crow chooses to fight Trump and the GOP on the old familiar battleground of identity politics.
But, robbed of their impeachment incentive, will the Democrats’ revived efforts to push political correctness to succeed in the presidential election of 2020? Any more than it did in 2016?
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 68 percent of Americans say they “have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble.” Only 28 percent still “think they have true freedom of speech today.” Could be that a groundswell against the tightening social noose of political correctness might erupt against the left-wing party that ruthlessly promotes such repression.
In the beginning
Shortly before Republican delegates convened in Cleveland to nominate Trump as their party’s presidential candidate the summer of 2016, Mark Hannah wrote an interesting piece for Time magazine.
Hannah worked for both Sen. John Kerry’s and Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. He’s worth a mention here for one particular reason. He predicted the major problem Hillary Clinton would face that summer. It’s a problem her party continues to grapple with today.
“If you’re like many Americans, you might have been persuaded political correctness is one of our country’s primary problems. Trump badly wants you to believe this, but you’d be wrong to do so. Trump is effectively positioning himself as the anti-PC candidate. Whereas Hillary Clinton thinks and speaks in the strategic – and sometimes subtle – language of diplomacy, Trump explicitly proposes himself as undiplomatic and politically incorrect. In doing so, he is cheapening and polarizing our political debates and, more important, he is making our country less safe.”
So, what is the true nature of this alleged Trumpian violence?
“The opposite of political correctness is not unvarnished truth-telling. It is political expression that is careless toward the beliefs and attitudes different than one’s own. In its more extreme fashion, it is incivility, indecency or vulgarity.”
That, of course, begs the obvious question. Who decides what is careful and respectful speech “toward the beliefs and attitudes” of others?
We all know the answer
As most Americans now know, the answer is simple. The arbiters of proper language and speech just happen to be the Democrats for whom Mark Hannah worked. Likewise, their boosters in the legacy press and social media.
It was Trump’s dismissal of political correctness that provided a clear demarcation between him and his GOP primary rivals. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s persistent harping against Trump’s choice of words did help transform her public persona into that of a shrill and prudish schoolmarm.
Russia-collusion is now confirmed as a symptom of Trump-Derangement Syndrome. With the president’s booming economy proving to be a clear blessing for African-Americans and Hispanics, Democrats and their media lackeys foolishly believe they can control what Trump can and cannot say. So that’s why they’re using the race card as their cudgel of first resort. A charge made by the same party Time magazine claimed to hold a monopoly on the “strategic – and sometimes subtle – language of diplomacy.”
Unfortunately, the Democrats’ less than the subtle and diplomatic goal is to control political debate ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Good luck with that.
Tyranny and freedom
Just two miles from the White House stands the Jefferson Memorial. Chiseled on its marble walls is a quote from the chief author of our Declaration of Independence.
“I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
Trump’s fight to break the shackles of political correctness harkens back to our republic’s early days. Days when men donned powdered wigs and scribbled their brilliant thoughts on natural rights on parchment paper by candlelight.
Today, America’s leftist party fears, as Jefferson understood more than two centuries ago, the results inevitably produced by real free thinkers. Not by politically correct would-be socialist tyrants.
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
The morning of November 9, 2020, may be that day. The day of America’s New Enlightenment. It can’t come too soon.
Top Images: Rep. Elijah Cummings, C-SPAN screen capture.
(Inset) President Donald Trump, Gage Skidmore via flickr,