That Donald Trump, in his quest to lead us back to national greatness, feels free to brag, distort, lampoon, defame and empty his personal trash on every political doorstep is one sign — but hardly the only one — of a few changes in America’s moral makeup over the past half century.
There’s also the current dust-up in Dallas, Texas, over the city’s alleged inability to block a “sex expo” in the local convention center. The mayor wants to bar the door to “Exxxotica,” as the convention calls itself. Various local groups second the motion. “Can’t do it,” wail officials of the convention center. “That would be to Restrict Free Speech in Defiance of Our Precious First Amendment! And get us sued in the process.”
See what I mean? We’re engaged, all around, in prying from our windpipes the dead hands of the Founding Fathers. Get those guys out of here! They’re dead!
I expect Trump, from the rear of his medicine show wagon, would voice hearty approval of that viewpoint. These days we say what we want to — never mind the forgotten obligations of citizenship, civility, and morality.