Nation of Drivel

drvlPolitical discourse has degenerated in recent years into petty insults and fake offendedness. Instead of debating the merits of issues, the focus in politics has changed to gotcha moments. Social media and TV shows are nauseatingly full of them. Both the insults and the hyped up responses are wrong, but how do you correct the problem? If you dare criticize the petty insults, you’re accused of trampling on free speech. If you criticize the fake offendedness, you are labeled sexist, racist or similar. It is a vicious and unproductive cycle that has squeezed out real debate.

The truth is, the petty insults and fake offendedness are nothing more than drivel. If you have nothing to say but drivel, keep it to yourself. Just because you have a mouth, does not mean every thought that comes to your head should be spoken. The Bible is full of timeless wisdom like Ephesians 5:4: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

Notice you never hear about amazing speeches anymore. When was the last time you heard of a speech like Ronald Reagan’s “Shining city on a hill?” Instead of analyzing speeches on the merits, they are now picked apart for gotchas. Scott Walker, who arguably came out the best of any other GOP presidential candidate at CPAC last month, is mostly remembered for a gotcha moment in his speech there. Twenty years ago, no one would have blinked at him saying in regards to ISIS, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe.” Today, even allies on the right jumped all over his statement.

This has all come about due to the left forcing political correctness everywhere and eliminating God – with the except of the Islamic religion – from the public sphere. By taking out Judeo-Christian morality from society, people have become less kind and thoughtful. Try watching a typical movie from 1990; the polite way everyone behaves is like a breath of fresh air. Generations X and older remember when this was standard behavior in society. Now, politeness stands out because it is no longer the norm. Genteel political shows like Firing Line have been replaced with Playboy political analysts, vicious pundits like Rachel Maddow and egotistical libertines who think nothing of peppering their talking points with profanity. People no longer think before opening their mouths and insulting someone. What used to be common sense has been replaced with “I am awesome, I can say anything I want, I will not be censored.”

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