So I read Trump’s acceptance speech yesterday. And watched some of it, just to get an idea of the delivery. I have to say it made me sick to my stomach. There were so many things wrong with it. Not just the pile of incorrect facts, the fact checker websites had a good night. But that wasn’t all. There was the piling on of fear and anger. Worst of all was the idea that one man would have the solution to all of this fear and anger. And the body language reminded me of something from history. It was terrible and frightening.
I will leave the fact checking out of this. Just suffice to say that there were an astounding amount of lies and exaggerations. Instead, I want to focus on some of the other elements of the speech.
First, the fear and anger. Make no mistake, this was an angry and fearful speech. Delivered in an incredibly bellicose manner. Look at these word counts:
America – mentioned 23 times
American(s) – 22 times
violence – 11 times
Hillary – 10 times
citizens – 9 times
law – 9 times
world – 9 times
immigration – 8 times
Take away America, and American(s), because this was an acceptance speech for the election of the President of the United States, and you get violence, law, immigration. No mentions of hope or positive thoughts. Compassion was mentioned only once. And there were no mentions of cooperation or community.
Trump would have us think that the country was under siege and falling apart at the seams. That there were ravening hordes of criminal immigrant terrorists pouring across the borders, hell bent on taking our jobs, attacking our families and destroying our way of life.
Even worse, the only solution to this was to elect him. He would somehow make all of this right. He alone could fix this.
“I alone can fix it”
That is a direct quote. That is not what this country is about. Even Nixon, as corrupt and megalomaniacal a politician as we have ever had the misfortune of electing proclaimed:
“Without God’s help and your help, we will surely fail; but with God’s help and your help, we shall surely succeed.”
Our country is a democracy, our Constitution proclaims ‘We the People’. It is not a country where only one man can do anything. Never has been and never will be.
If that is not enough to condemn the man, look at those words again. And then look around you. Do you see the barbarian hordes at your doorstep? No, you can go out of the house, play Pokemon Go, shop, eat, and let your kids play all without fear in this country. Do not give in to fear and even give this man a chance at your vote.
I know that there are people out there who think that Hillary Clinton is bad. That she is corrupt. That she has been using her years of public service wholly for personal gain. And somehow blame her for the policies of her boss. I disagree with all of that, but I know that is the company line for some folks. But I am going to draw a lesson from history for the choice in this election.
In 1991 in Louisiana the people had a choice for Governor. They had a choice between a former Governor who had been accused on multiple occasions of corruption, even standing trial at one point and a former Grand Wizard of the KKK. On that occasion the people of Louisiana elected the corrupt one, repudiating the hatred and fear of the KKK leader. Because even George Bush recognized that was not a part of our culture and did not belong in public office.
I bring this up because after the speech last night that same KKK Grand Wizard offered this assessment of the speech:
Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn’t have said it better!
I think that kind of enthusiastic endorsement speaks for itself, what kind of speech this was and what kind of candidate Donald Trump is. Our country can and will do better than this, we are better than this.