I was listening to Rush Limbaugh yesterday when a young woman called in and asked Rush how to answer some of her family members who won’t vote for Donald Trump because of his “rough edges.” It was clear to me that this meant some of the harsh things he’s been saying.
Now I would not say everything Trump has said in the way he’s said them, but I do like the fact that he’s taken on the media and has gone after people like Hillary Clinton pointing out her blatant hypocrisy regarding the charge of “sexism.”
As anyone can see, it’s paying off for Trump. People are fed up with the pretend opposition between the Democrats and Republicans and the sycophants in the media who will do anything to protect the Democrats and help the establishment Republicans stomp out the Tea Party types.
While this is no excuse for just any type of strong language to make this type of comparison, but have Democrats not used strong language against Republicans? Political Correctness and decorum operate as a one-way street.
Trump is declaring that the tyrants have no clothes. For too long senatorial decorum has stopped the elected class from making this declaration because it feared retribution through denial of committee assignments and help in re-election campaigns and promises of political perks. Trump doesn’t need either, so he speaks his mind. Unfortunately too many of the people we elect are willing to follow the naked rulers and declare them to be finely attired.
I could go on, but here’s an article that might help more sensitive types to understand that strong language can be a virtue.
“In Praise of Strong Language”was written by Rousas J. Rushdoony (1916-2001) — the original “Rush” — and published in his Bread Upon the Waters (1974).
A very unpleasant and ungodly woman once told me, “A Christian must be nice to everybody.” What she meant was that I had to take her nasty criticisms and yet be sweet to her. Was she right? A minister tried to tell me . . . that we should all be like Jesus, who, according to this minister, loved everybody and never had an unkind word for anyone or ever indulged in name-calling. Was he right?
Not according to my Bible. Jesus called Herod “that fox” (Luke 13:32); He called the Pharisees “hypocrites”; “blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel”; “whited sepulchres”; “serpents”; a “generation of vipers” (Matt. 23:23-33); and much more. On one occasion, He even called Peter “Satan” (Matt. 16:23) for counseling a wrong course of action.
Nor is strong, blunt language lacking in the prophets and apostles. The Bible rings out with strong condemnation of a great many persons as well as nations, and sins as well as sinners. Neither Jesus Christ nor the Bible is “nice to everybody,” nor can we be, without sin.
The Bible’s strong language does not represent sin or weakness on the part of the prophets, apostles, or Jesus Christ. Their anger is righteous anger, and their plain, blunt language is godly indignation and righteous judgment.
One of the sins of our age is the lack of strong language where evil is concerned. Nothing seems to be called by its right name these days. Murderers are called “freedom fighters,” and revolutionary mobs are called deprived and underprivileged people whom we must subsidize. Hoodlums are called victims of their environment, and so on. Because of the inability of many to face facts plainly, they are easily imposed on by knaves and fools. Evil and foolish persons are tolerated, allowed to take up time and attention and to hamper godly men and women.
We cannot deal with evil unless we first of all face up to it for what it is and call it by its right name. We have had too much nicey-nice from politicians and preachers. It is high time to use some blunt, plain, and strong language, and then, by the grace of God, to take steps against the powers of evil. We cannot win a battle until we first of all recognize that we are at war.
We need more strong language, strong deeds, and strong men. God give us such men!