The Banality of Political Incorrectness
I heard one more in long line of unimaginative dolts refer to themselves as Politically Incorrect last night during the Repub debates on Fox. Donald Trump smugly, (does he do anything non-smugly?) and self-righteously (same comment) declared that he “didn’t have the time for political correctness”. What a boob…
The entire issue of political incorrectness is one of a group of otherwise pedestrian, unoriginal and, yes, banal, individuals trying to find some way, any way, to distinguish themselves from…whomever. They see the world as politically correct and feel the need to prove that they, by claiming a contrarian view, “make their own rules”.
The more well-known of them sit in a Fox “News” studio, the highest rated cable station in the country, and complain about the main stream media, as if they’re some underground college radio station like those that were so prevalent in the 1960s. They give fawning interviews with softball questions to the Mitt Romneys and Jeb Bushes of the world while simultaneously trying to convey their edginess.
Well folks, it’s like being smart or, being good in bed. No one ever claims that they aren’t.
We live in a world where the majority of people, if you ask them, assume that they are above average (with apologies to Garrison Keillor), and so would naturally miss the inherent ridiculousness of that assumption.
If you call yourself politically incorrect, you reveal yourself to be so uninformed as to be oblivious to the fact that it is the most overused phrase in the history of mankind. It is so overused as to have become, dare I say it, quite politically correct.
The word politics is defined as the act of influencing others. It does not mean that you have a popular opinion. By that definition, if you are truly politically incorrect, your ability to influence others is so out of step with the mainstream that you fail to influence anyone. You are an outcast, a pariah, someone who is distained and ridiculed by the masses. You are Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King in his early years, Malcom X, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens or Salman Rushdie.
Here’s how you can tell. If you make what you consider to be a politically incorrect comment and everyone around you nods their heads knowingly and chuckles slyly, you’re not politically incorrect, you’re just a mainstream wiseass with little imagination who needs the approval of your ostensible peer group. You play to the mainstream by acting like a radical, but rarely have to courage to be one, because you might lose some friends as a result.
If you are truly politically incorrect, you piss quite a few people off. Really piss them off. And that, my friends, is something that few people are willing to do.