Sunday, May 28, 2017
For 50 years we’ve been told that those norms are outdated and need to be ignored. Let it all hang out. If it feels good, do it!
Now they're telling us that THEIR norms are meant to be enforced. It doesn't work that way.
So even as Trump has made some debates more open by taking a wrecking ball to political correctness, there is also a legitimate concern that his freewheeling rhetorical style has “unearthed some demons,” as the Republican Rep. Mark Sanford put it to the Washington Post. “I’ve talked to a number of people about it back home. They say, ‘Well, look, if the president can say whatever, why can’t I say whatever?’ He’s given them license.” That is not cause for celebration. The President’s election was a sign that prevailing social stigmas and taboos were unsustainable. The solution isn’t to tear them down altogether, but to build new ones that are more broadly supported and in line with the interests of an open society.