COLORADO SPRINGS: Watching the British TV series, “Lark Rise to Candleford,” the other evening, we once again were rewarded with homilies and life lessons that seem to have disappeared in today’s world of irony. This time the show offered us “Before a man can know, he must be willing to know.” A statement so very true as President Trump navigates new foreign policy waters.
The politically correct policies of the past. The demands for doing things as we have done them is going unheeded. President Trump is looking at US foreign adversaries in the eyes and saying “we can all live better, join us.”
Which must be words of comfort to the leader of the hermit kingdom. And which strike fear in the hearts of Democrats who have long led through fear and divisiveness.
It may not be Presidentially PC, but it seems to be working. Trump going to North Korea is somewhat similar to Nixon going to China. He is boldly moving forward with strategic vision, and accomplishing what others would not have dared to try.
Lark Rise to Candleford
An adaptation of Flora Thompson‘s autobiographical novel, “Lark Rise to Candleford” takes place in Oxfordshire between 1939 and 1943. It compares two small English towns, one, economically poor. The other, considerably better off.
The well-known British class system, as in another British television series, “Upstairs, Downstairs,” is in full evidence here.
The overall demeanor shown in both towns reminds us of an earlier time when there were “ways to behave,” and “ways not to behave.” The modest moral values of Lark Rise and Candleford rules villagers’ behavior with unremitting intensity.
Cross the line of what was ‘acceptable,’ and there would be the devil to pay for any transgression against society’s norms.
In America, we are receding to the hide-bound societal norms of yesteryear.
Americans have lost the art of discussing politics in any manner approaching civil. Name-calling, lies, a stale, grasping media, and Washington corruption, even treason, have taken over.
The left’s hatred of all things Donald Trump colors their thinking. No more crossing the aisle. Democrats would prefer to blow up the aisle, and the White House along with it.
Former presidents traveling abroad to poison the current President’s foreign policies.
President Obama suggesting to China, Iran, and Germany the idea of “waiting out the Trump presidency,” until Democrats can return to power. To the liberal decorum, and their reliable, predictable “America Last” policy of yore. The are predictable in their political correctness. And it has not worked. Not most recently for Obama. But not for Bush, Clinton, or Carter – all who tried to change the hermit kingdom and reign in the middle east using appeasement foreign policy.
But here we have a photo of the President of South Korea and the Chairman of North Korea – enemies divided by the DMZ – embracing under the watchful eyes of the President of the United States. Think about that for a moment. The past is past. Knowing that the future is tenuous if not tenderly guided.
The notion of not having to square up historically lop-sided trade treaties must be music to Chinese ears.
Democrats’ blinders have failed to see the Commander in Chief as he is: a pragmatic, dealmaker of the first order. They are missing that his “good-cop-bad-cop” routine plays so well. Only recently, his threat to Mexico to impose harsh tariffs produced a hat-in-hand trip to the White House the very next day.
President Trump got their attention.
Moreover, he is obviously ‘over the target’ where Iran’s concerned. Rather than offering the Ayatollah’s bags of unmarked American bills, as done by the Obama – Biden administration, the dealmaker has chosen the stick. As a result, Iran’s economy is failing.
Their recent misbehavior by acting out in the Persian Gulf is clear proof that President Trump has gotten their attention as well. However, perhaps Hate Trumpsters may not wish to know. Maybe the current discord in political discourse today has less to do with myopic, uncurious people.
Perhaps reason resides in what current generations are learning.
Perhaps we now are living under restrictions as severe as they were in the villages of Lark Rise and Candleford.
Censorship in Lark Rise and Candleford is not that far off from our own “political correctness.”
After all, censorship is censorship, a societal model intended to stymie, muffle, and silence troubling realities.
When it comes to Trump Presidential PC policy, President Donald J. Trump has either never heard of political correctness. Or maybe the President is so firmly rooted in pre-PC days he does not practice it.
Not even in the tiniest bit.
President Trump’s speech patterns are honest to a fault.
They are often insulting and use his unique brand of humor that offends many current day students of tone and speech.
The Urban Dictionary reminds us of the origins of political correctness, a practice that should be called by its proper name, “censorship.”
“Something that started out as a sort of moral common sense – actually not a bad idea, for instance, saying ‘black person’ instead of ‘god-damn cotton-pickin’ n……r.’ However, the whole thing got utterly out of hand in the early 90s to the point where a lot of people will say ‘Afro-Caribbean’ or ‘Afro-American’ because they think it’s racist to say ‘black’! It gets even more ridiculous when you consider that in some parts people think it’s offensive to say ‘blackboard’ or ‘black coffee.’ “
The US. Administrative State and others who wish to live behind the acceptable, flowery speech of the “elite class” have greatly benefited from current day speech censorship. While they do not share President Trump’s lean, mean “America First” policies, of greater importance may be the speech he uses to deliver his policies.
After all, universities have ensured at least two generations of reporters and government executives who have had the harsh tones of action, belief, and unvarnished honesty beaten clear out of them.
As the villagers of Lark Rise and Candleford struggle due to their class differences, so too, is official Washington having the vapors each time the throwback, Trump, opens his mouth or tweets a message. For anyone not immersed in speech censorship today, Trumpian speech is much like that of Col. Nathan R. Jessep’s in the 1992 film, “A Few Good Men.”
Col. Jessup: “I’ll answer the question. You want the answers?”
LTJG Kaffee: “I think I’m entitled to them.”
Col. Jessup: “You want answers?”
LTJG Kaffee: “I want the truth!”
Col. Jessep: “You can’t handle the truth!”
It’s jarring. It’s way outside the censor’s box. Moreover, it is so close to the truth. For those living in a world of political correctness, plain-spoken President Trump is no better than an alien throwback. He may as well be speaking Greek.
Moreover, we often distrust that which we do not understand. As well, we often doubt that which we are unwilling to understand. Might in there somewhere lie the answer to America’s current crisis of thought? Might speech tone be the reason why so many otherwise intelligent people on the left insist on mischaracterizing conservatism, Going so far as to define it as evil incarnate?
Could it be that curiosity and the willingness to know has been drummed out of students and citizens after two generations of pretentious posturing so that truth has been left behind?
Because, before a man can understand, a man must be willing to know.
Moreover, irony has become the order of our day.
If a man is direct and plain-spoken, as our President is, then he must be no better than an alien throwback. As we chase the future with technology and serious faces, many are growing to be distrustful of free speech. Yet, we are witness to it in the person of Donald Trump. Moreover, many are unwilling to know, preferring instead to remain inside their cocoons of gentle tones and carefully chosen, society-approved words.
One must ask whether we have advanced beyond the social norms of Lark Rise and Candleford? Instead, are we remaining behind in our little judgemental safe rooms, refusing to listen to frankness or truth?
Alternatively, are we simply not willing to know?