Many people know the brilliant British historian Paul Johnson (his official website) who has written massive tomes such as Modern Times, Intellectuals, History of the Jews, A History of Christianity, Civil War in America and many, many more. I remember reading his Modern Times thirty years ago.
The title of this blog was taken from his recent article in Forbes Magazine about our current political climate and presidential race. He is not speaking as an American but as an educated, informed outsider watching our political process as a spectator. I think his words on Trump and the current climate in America is very instructive.
I am writing this blog today not as a “Trump promotion” as I have not made up my mind yet since there is still a lot of water to flow under the bridge in the months ahead. Janet and I do know that we are voting for whoever is “Not Hillary.” Read my article from a month ago entitle “Trump?”. But this blog is to help us think about our situation in America and how far we have fallen and become enslaved and how we need to break loose again.
Below are a few snippets from Paul Johnson’s article entitled When Excess is a Virtue — about Donald Trump, the climate in America and why Trump is important. You decide for yourself, but it is an interesting article. I would read it just for his review of Obama and Obama’s America, if nothing else.
The mental infection known as “political correctness” is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind. The fact that we began by laughing at it–and to some extent, still do–doesn’t diminish its venom one bit. … Nowhere has PC been more triumphant than in the U.S. This is remarkable, because America has traditionally been the home of vigorous, outspoken, raw and raucous speech. … Now the U.S. has been inundated with PC inquisitors, and PC poison is spreading worldwide in the Anglo zone. …
For these reasons it’s good news that Donald Trump is doing so well in the American political primaries. He is vulgar, abusive, nasty, rude, boorish and outrageous. He is also saying what he thinks and, more important, teaching Americans how to think for themselves again….”
For the whole Forbes Magazine article, click here.