But at the same time, there is truth in my opinion intrinsic to the view that political correctness is merely a more academic outgrowth of
Manners. Decorum. For example... I would like to believe, and am fairly certain, that most who consider themselves conservatives,
while disagreeing with the way we on the left may at times articulate the subtleties and social dynamics of why this is the case, are in fact
the kinds of people who are fans of Trump’s language toward women.
I have known a lot of conservatives. As I said, my family is from Texas. And Texas is... well if you have ever lived in Texas, you know. Texas is
Texas. Yet every man of any dignity I have ever known from those parts, however conservative they may be, has tried to be a gentleman;
find the things Trump said to be backward and offensive to their sensibilities, indeed, precisely because
of their conservative principles;
Would raise their children to respect women and treat them as they would their own mother or sister.
Call me crazy, and I may be way, way off... but while I do believe there is a small yet vocal section of Trump supports just fine with and even
celebratory about his attitudes and statements about women... I would like to believe most on the right find them uncouth and ungentlemanly. I can
just hear my grandpa, after coming back from the rifle range and hearing Trump accost a woman in such a way, tapping him on the shoulder and saying
with a thick southern twang, “We don’t talk to girls that way in these parts, sir. You’re gonna have to quit.” Somehow, that doesn’t come
across as political correctness, does it? It’s just a man being a gentleman, is it not?
So with that in mind... I would ask those on the right to at least consider thinking about how Trump’s words make women feel (and yes, I know - many
women voted for Trump and don’t feel that way - and that’s fine, and I fully acknowledge and respect it.) And then extrapolate that, and imagine
how many of them might feel now, fearing that his sort of words and attitudes might now be emboldened, encouraged, and normalized. They are both
afraid and angry about this possibility.
On immigration, you may believe in the utmost rule of law and that illegal immigration is both a refutation of that, and a threat to our economy. And
on a purely factual basis I’m actually going to say I don’t disagree. The rule of law is indeed all that separates us from chaos; our voluntary
accedence to the law is what keeps order. Defying it should have consequences, or the sake of said order.
But I do think it’s important to at least consider
the human costs of doing what Trump has proposed as well, and why it is so frightening to
so many on the left. We are talking about deporting millions
of people. Men, women, and children - many of whom are not new arrivals, but who
have been here for decades, who have worked, paid taxes, etc. - who would be separated from their friends, families, loved ones - in many cases, young
children - and sent somewhere they know little of, in some cases do not even speak the language of. Then there are the logistic and humanitarian
concerns. It would be a massive movement of people. Think about the effects it has had anytime millions of people move across a border in rapid
succession. Refugee camps, disease, malnutrition, lack of medical care, etc. Without careful planning and massive
spending, we would either see
significant loss of life, or serious deterioration in these people’s quality of life.
Finally, there is the economic impact. While it is morally arguable that even if it’s hard, even if it’s a struggle, it would still ultimately be
better and more moral to not have undocumented “under the table” workers... it is still quite possible (some would even argue probable) that
suddenly having to pay only legal citizens minimum wage or higher for jobs that are presently largely undertaken by undocumented workers, could see
food and goods prices skyrocket. While I agree that speaks to the scale of the problem of illegal immigration, and that its integration into our
economy as a whole is not in and of itself a good thing necessarily... I do believe it’s the reality now and, like it or not, we have to consider
the impact of that.
So all of the above feeds into why people are so upset about what Trump has said about his immigration policy. Although he has dialed it back
somewhat, it is still alarming to many, and I hope those on the right can understand this even while disagreeing. I certainly respect their
Finally, with his statements regarding Muslims, we come to something that is actually a broader issue I would like to address to both sides. Again,
while we have no idea yet if he will actually do this, during his campaign Trump literally said he wanted to put Muslim Americans
database. Not immigrants, but citizens. We know this, because he said it would be used to distinguish between
those here legally, and those
not. When he was asked to distinguish his plan from the registration of WW2 era German Jews, rather than explain how this would not be the case, and
draw comforting parallels separating his plan from that historically disturbing precedent, he replied, “You tell me.”
Now... even if you think it’s absurd that he would ever do this; even if you think we have a real problem with Islamic terrorists infiltrating
otherwise upstanding Muslim American citizens’ communities; even if you think there are too many undocumented Muslim immigrants in America right now
and that something must be done to curb that... can you at least understand
why so many Muslim Americans and their social allies are horrified
by the prospect of this? Can we all at least acknowledge that the singling out of members of a single religion, people who are American citizens in
good standing under the law, would be grossly unconstitutional, and a terrifying precedent if enacted?
I know what some on the right may be thinking in response to that question: “But those on the left routinely threaten our
rights.” And you know what? This may shock you... and further annoy my fellow liberals... but I completely, 100% agree with you. This may surprise
you, but I absolutely
oppose bans on specific rifle varieties, magazines and clips with over a certain amount of ammunition, putting people on
no fly lists on “no buy” lists, etc. I regard all of those as equally unconstitutional, and while I myself do not own or want to own a firearm of
any kind, I believe in the constitution, and the constitution seems fairly unequivocal to me in its support for your right to do so.
Please know that while perhaps not very outspoken because we know we will get flak from both sides... many liberals do in fact support your second
amendment rights. But there is a larger issue here that I think both sides must learn if we are to preserve our polity in the future, and that’s
what I’m getting at.
edit on 11/13/2016 by AceWombat04 because: Typos