I don’t “do” politics – generally speaking I’m inclined to think that most politicians are morally corrupt and self-serving. However I’m not sure that anarchy (as in the absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual) would be a desirable substitute. So we’re stuck with them and the best I can do is apply my ostrich approach to them as much as possible. Unfortunately Peter likes to keep abreast of local and global politics; actually he’s an avid political commentator which makes it difficult for me to completely ignore what is happening at a political level.
Of course I care about the future of the world, I care about the oppressed and disadvantaged; and I care about the environment. Unfortunately, all too often, it is left in the hands of politicians to make decisions concerning these issues and they haven’t really done a good job up to now, in my opinion anyway. Of course there are good people in politics – those that serve their constituents and have ideals of a better world. They just don’t seem to make it to the top. Except for Mandela, I can’t think of any leader of a country that I admire.
Normally I wouldn’t pay too much attention to the issue of Brexit or the election of Trump, preferring to think that this too shall pass or, at the very least, looking for some positives in the situation. However there have been so many posts on social media that, to be perfectly honest, have really got up my nose. The one that keeps coming up in response to both Brexit and Trump (from politically incorrect right wingers I presume) is that, and I quote, the politically correct left had it coming. Really!?
The general consensus among political scientists is that “left wing” includes liberals, progressives, socialists and communists, and the “right wing” includes conservatives, traditionalists, reactionaries and fascists.
If I had to place myself on a political spectrum I would definitely be on the left. I’m appalled by racism, sexism, discrimation, exclusivity, narrow mindedness, conservatism, exploitation and monopoly capital. The right wing just doesn’t do it for me.
As far as political correctness goes, I would think that it is a matter of common human decency to avoid “forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” Yes, there will always be idiots who take things to the extreme, but they are in the minority and generally those of us who are politically correct are simply trying not to cause harm to others.
I therefore have to nail my colours to the mast and proclaim loud and clear that I am a politically correct leftie and proud of it. And Trump gives me the creeps – just saying!