Monday, August 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

What's good about Trump

I know all kinds of social justice warriors are getting ready to punish me for that headline. Go ahead. Make my day. I'm glad that Trump is thumbing his nose at you all.

You're good at wrecking people's lives because they "offend" you. I put that in quotes because some of the supposed offense is so rote, well-rehearsed, repetitive and boring, it just couldn't be real. More likely you feel powerless and unheard, and think this is a way to feel powerful and important. But there's a limit to how far it goes.

You should be wrecking Trump's candidacy, but guess what -- you're not. And that's what's good about it. We need more people having the guts to say what they think and if it offends other people, let them be offended. The only way not to offend anyone is to say nothing. There's far too much of that going on these days.

Before the net, we'd say what we think, and not worry too much about the consequences, because there weren't any. But lately, discourse has been like the great movie The Lives of Others about how hard it was to say anything in East Germany before the wall came down. We all live in that world now. We're all subject to the same rules as Presidential candidates in the US, and you know what -- it sucks! I'm not running for anything. Why should I give up my ability to speak? Why should your fake offense prevent anyone from saying what they think? It shouldn't.

So while I think Trump is impolite, even rude, I'm glad he's doing it. We could use a little more rudeness. The thought police need to be pushed aside. The source of the rebellion is a guy with a really bad haircut who doesn't give a fuck what you or I think. And that's fine with me.

Dave Winer

PS: If you think he's rude, wait because Bernie Sanders says much the same thing, and he's a total gentleman. There will be others.

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By Dave Winer, Monday, August 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM. Good for the environment.