When Donald Trump spoke the the Values Voter Summit in mid-October, it was a speech that the media mostly missed. And within that speech was a part that went even more ignored than the speech itself: A rebuke of political correctness, the ascendant philosophy among liberals during the Obama years.
Yet, it was something that resonated with the American public: The ability to say “Merry Christmas” again.
It’s something that may seem small to you. However, first look at where it happened: the Values Voter Summit.
The Christian gathering, which describes itself as “a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong,” has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Yes, apparently, believing those things now puts you in league with the KKK and the tiki-torch thugs in Charlottesville. It’s little wonder, then, that a new poll reveals a vast majority of conservatives think the political climate prevents them from saying what they feel.
We’ll get to that in a moment, but first Trump’s comments. He told the Washington audience how political correctness had affected public speech, especially for Christians.
“How times have changed, but you know what, now they are changing back again, just remember that,” the president said.
“As we approach the end of the year, we’re getting into that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore.
“They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct. You go to department stores and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year’ and other things. And it’ll be red, they’ll have it painted but they don’t say (it),” Trump said
“Well guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
The crowd responded with a lengthy standing ovation.
The very fact that “Merry Christmas” has become taboo in America shows just how free speech has become muffled in America.
A new poll released Tuesday by the libertarian Cato Institute found that a majority of people who identified as moderate, conservative or strongly conservative agreed with the statement that “(t)he political climate these days prevents me from saying things I believe because others might find them offensive.”
In the moderate category, 57 percent agreed as opposed to 41 percent who disagreed. Seventy percent of conservatives agreed compared with 28 percent who disagreed, and 76 percent of strong conservatives agreed compared with 24 percent who disagreed.
Liberals disagreed with the statement by a margin of 54 to 45 percent, and strong liberals disagreed by 69 percent to 30 percent — telling numbers indeed.
This is the kind of climate where standing up for what you believe is even more critical than ever. The Obama administration was always the vanguard of political correctness, especially when it came to Christianity. The Trump administration has proved it’s going to be different.
The media may have glossed over Trump’s speech, but it’s an important one about how the White House plans to act when it comes to religious values. The president isn’t going to be silent, and he doesn’t want conservatives to be, either.
“I pledged that in a Trump administration, our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before,” the president said in the same speech
“Above all else in America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.”
And that’s something that needs to be said — over and over again.