To permit himself to run down everyone else, Donald Trump has noted that the real enemy in America is political correctness. With all of our problems in the US and world, that is the largest problem we have per Trump. He has been joined in this belief by most of GOP competitors, including presumably more level-headed candidates like Dr. Ben Carson.
On the flip side, when two global leaders at a World Forum of some sorts were asked what were the biggest issues in the world, Bill Gates responded with lack of uniform access to technology. His co-speaker, who I must confess I do not remember his name, said, the lack of civility. When we start treating each other so poorly, conflicts become bigger and we are more at an impasse to solve the world’s problems.
Back to uncivil behavior with those who would prefer we do away with political correctness, this is a very unhealthy course to take. I recognize that political correctness can be taking a bridge too far, so we should highlight those examples. I also realize that comedians have lamented political correctness as it questions their punch lines. Again, lines can be crossed, but we could be more tolerant of each other and understand when a joke is being used to convey how ignorant a position is.
Yet, for a presidential candidate to indict groups of people from Mexicans to women to POWs to Blacks to other leaders, is poor form. We must expect more from a leader who will be representing our country. To me, when you say everyone else is incompetent or a loser, that shows that your arguments are poor. It also means if you indict others like this, then your comments and policies need to show a better understanding of the issues. It is more than OK to indict policies, but indicting people is another matter.
For example, when Trump says someone is incompetent, he is less served when he follows that label with poor policy statements. When Carson says Obamacare is akin to slavery, that is showing a lack of understanding that Obamacare helps people, saves lives and keeps folks out of bankruptcy, which do not seem to be consistent with slavery. This also goes for anyone who labels things with demonic labels like Nazism, Apartheid or slavery. This is disingenuous and done with intent, as labels are easier to remember and what something does or does not do, is harder.
So, let’s be civil and focus on ideas and issues to solve problems. When you label or call people bad names, it shows you have a poor grasp of the problems and problem resolution. It is also rude and highly unpresidential.