This Election Fight Comes Down to Common Sense Versus Political Correctness

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 November 2, 2016|
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Political correctness is an all-out assault on common sense, and 2016 offers us the opportunity to choose one side or the other in that war.

For example, it is plain common sense that importing huge numbers of refugees from the Middle East amounts to importing trouble and, in some cases, terrorism. But, we are informed by the ruling elite, importing Muslim refugees is the politically correct policy. When one candidate for president raises common sense objections to this radically unhinged policy, his opponent and the other members of the ruling elite do not address those objections. All they do, and all they seem to believe they need to do, is call on political correctness by accusing him of “Islamophobia.”

It is also plain common sense that a country must control its borders or cease to be a country. The grandees of the press and the other members of the ruling elite are beside themselves with outrage at the candidate who dares to make this common sense claim.

One candidate embraces every politically correct policy, while the other candidate, a political outsider, seems mostly immune to political correctness.

It is perfectly obvious that Trump’s resistance to political correctness has powered his amazing and improbable campaign. Political correctness explains Trump’s success. You might even say that the grip of political correctness on American political life made a political outsider who champions common sense a necessity. Because political correctness threatens the very survival of our country, those who believe we are on the verge of losing America have turned to the candidate who calls himself “a common sense conservative.”

To state this is to state the obvious. But we need to ask ourselves why the assault on common sense has reached the crescendo that made Trump’s rise possible, perhaps even inevitable.

The answer is not difficult to find. Common sense was once at the center of public life in America. The Founders put it there. According to the American Idea, the American people are sovereign. The Founders believed we the people are capable of political self-rule by virtue of our common sense. The Constitution is the Founders’ design for how we the people of the common sense nation would govern ourselves.

Today we live in an essentially post-constitutional America. Congress routinely passes legislation, the courts make rulings, and the President takes actions which violate the letter and the spirit of the Constitution. Once upon a time, Americans would have agreed that federal legislation requiring Americans to buy government-approved health insurance would require a constitutional amendment—and in those days, neither the amendment nor the legislation would have passed. 

But a post-constitutional America where those nods to consent are rejected is not enough for those who reject the Founders’ vision. Political correctness is on a rampage in our time because the progressives who reject the American idea are so confident of victory that they have moved on from attacking America’s Constitutional order to attacking the very foundation of that order: common sense. 

Everyone knows that ambitious government programs meddling in personal affairs are always and everywhere inefficient. It’s just plain common sense, and the result of everyone’s experience of the federal government where, as everyone also knows, one cannot even fire incompetent employees! Although the one thing government is really good at is wasting money, the ruling elite assured us Obamacare was going to save us money. Although the phrase “close enough for government work” is widely used and understood by all who use it to be an accurate summation of the inaccuracies typical of government work, estimates about how much lower insurance premiums would be were surprisingly precise during the “debates” surrounding the adoption of Obamacare. Those who were skeptical were, once again, correct as these government estimates were wide of the mark where premiums have ended up under Obamacare.

Yet neither the Constitution nor common sense could stop Obamacare.

Consequently, the political question we Americans must face is whether the common sense nation and its Constitution are only on the ropes or are already down for the count.

What America does in the very near future will answer that question decisively.

About the Author:

Robert Curry
Robert Curry is the author of Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea from Encounter Books. You can preview the book at: http://www.amazon.com/Common-Sense-Nation-Unlocking-Forgotten/dp/1594038252
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  • JoeNCA

    “Political correctness” is merely correctness you’ve made political. “Common sense” would be assuming that people who are fleeing oppressive governments aren’t exactly interested in setting one up here. The women, children, orphans, senior citizens, the people most affected by war are often the ones that land on our shores, and the complete lack of any regard for them, the assumption that an orphaned child fleeing war is a terrorist, how is that not “Islamophobic”?

    It makes absolutely no “sense”, let alone “common sense.” It is not “common sense,” but merely a common misconception. And that doesn’t make it any better.

    • Alfred

      A large percentage of the “refugees” seeking asylum have been military age men.

      There is a ton of video available online, especially when they were marching through the Eastern European countries toward Germany earlier in the year.

      Don’t believe the hype that we’ll just wind up with a handful of women and children.

    • CPT

      Literally no one is scared of senior citizens and children. We’re concerned about ISIS members posing as refugees. You know this, but you choose to ignore it and attack obvious straw men.

  • OhSayCanYouSee

    Some things the people decide to do through their government – all government means is collective public action through people – sometimes follows our collective values – you seem to call this political correctness. When we decide to offer refuge to Syrians here instead of watching them wash up on shore is following our collective value as expressed in Matt 25:35
    ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in. Elitist? PC? Or not so common values?
    Then collective action to defend ourselves through our military is a very ambitious government program that is pretty efficient just ask all the generally discharged washouts – can’t be fired? (half of discretionary spending)
    I find Trumps PC mantra as a call to no rules whatsoever, and like every parent knows a home with no rules inverts the power structure. Trump and it seems you would have us living in the public space with no rules, like a kid throwing a temper tantrum because mommy said NO. PC? Elitist? Or shared values?
    In my view most women, and especially mothers, see right through this anti PC crap. Especially when it means there is no right to say NO, because what Donald wants feels he should be able too? PC, elitist? Or are we talking about a shared value system? 1929 showed us what a no holds barred public space looked like, this to me is what Make America Great Again means – no rules moral or other.