On Friday night, Trump gave a speech to … well, he said to the nation, but in truth it was only designed for his base, to rile them and motivate them to return to the fold, to support him with everything they’ve got in November. With his poll numbers sinking, the GOP and many republicans in Congress are becoming concerned, and this speech was naught more than a campaign rally intended to bring his poll numbers back up out of the tank. A campaign rally, I might add, that cost the U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars at a time when the nation and the people are struggling financially.
We all know that Trump lies, he cheats, he threatens and bullies. So, you might ask yourself why I asked you to read this speech last night, why I even bothered to read it myself. Here’s the thing, though … his base will buy into every word he uttered. Throughout the speech there were cheers and chants of “Four more years”. Therein lies the danger. If the election had been held last Thursday, Trump would have been slammed at the polls. But by next Thursday, all bets are off, for this speech, filled with hate, lies, and hypocrisy, will resonate with the 40% of voters in this country who will believe anything, as long as it plays to their fears and prejudices. That’s why I think it’s important for us to pick apart those lies … or some of them, for there are, after all, only so many hours in a day!
My comments and analysis are based on the portions of the speech I highlighted on Saturday … much of the rest was simply babbling drivel and not worth me wasting my time. The numbers in this commentary are tied to the paragraph numbers on Saturday’s post.
#6 – The claim that the mysterious “campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children” is a) lies, fantasy, b) divisive. Nobody is trying to ‘wipe out’ history. For better or for worse, our history is well recorded and will never be forgotten. But many of those he calls “heroes” were men who were trying to preserve the institution of slavery … they were not heroes and do not deserve to be memorialized by statues and monuments, symbols of their hatred. They are holding us back from creating a more just, more inclusive, fair and understanding society. Weak or strong, what does it matter? Trump’s clenched fist is not indicative of strength, but rather of a bully. He speaks of values … yet his own are based on bigotry and hatred.
#7 – I do not know who “they” are that are driving people from their jobs and demanding ‘total submission’ from any who disagree with them. Doesn’t sound like the democrats, liberals, or anybody I know. Hmmmm … sounds more like the madman in the Oval Office, don’t you think?
#8 – As to Trump’s claims of an attack on our ‘liberty’. Liberty? Whose? He speaks of the liberty of the privileged, particularly the white privileged. For those who struggle to make ends meet, who are stopped by police simply because of the colour of their skin, who are killed by police for being black, that liberty is far less ‘magnificent’. The “American way of life” in Trump’s world is racist, is misogynistic, is homophobic … we need to strive for a far better ‘way of life’. As for the “far-left fascism” that he claims … I laugh, for he also claims that antifa, an anti-fascist group, is a huge threat from the left. So, which is it, Donnie? Am I a fascist or an anti-fascist? In truth, Donald Trump’s way of governing is more nearly like that of Benito Mussolini, a hard-core fascist. The rest of his comment on the topic is mindless babbling and not worthy of response.
#9 – So far, there has been no “left-wing cultural revolution”, but maybe it’s not a half-bad idea … let’s overthrow the Trump administration … throw them and their baggage out on the street and start fresh with someone who will remove the hateful monuments and tributes to the days of slavery, who knows how government works, and who has a heart, a soul, and a brain. Yes, let’s have a cultural revolution! Let’s vote Joe Biden into office on November 3rd and start to heal this nation!
#11 – ‘Hundreds’, he claims, have been arrested for attempting to take down the statue of one of our founding racists? Four … not hundreds. Four people were arrested in connection with damage to the statue of Andrew Jackson. Ten years in prison? I think not. I wonder if he’s ever heard of the punishment matching the crime. Ten years for perhaps writing ‘Black Lives Matter’ on a piece of granite is not going to get anyone a ten-year sentence. More likely just a fine. More threats and bullying … against We the People … the ones who pay his salary, the ones who fund all his golf trips and trips to Mar-a-Lago, the ones to whom he swore an oath. Think about that one for a few minutes. We are his sworn enemies, but we keep paying those taxes to ensure his lavish lifestyle. Democratic Republic … or dictatorship?
#12 – Trump has his biases all mixed up. Education in primary and secondary schools often whitewashes the history of this nation, glorifies the inglorious, and defines racists in a heroic light. The founders of this nation did much that was good, but they were racists and misogynists and that needs to be taught as well. They said, “All men are created equal”, by which they meant white men. Not women, not blacks … white men. Women and blacks have fought long and hard for our right to be treated as equals, and neither group is there yet. Call a spade a spade … teach truth, not whitewashed, glorified fantasy.
#18 – So, to be clear, this radical ideology that would ‘demolish both justice and society’ … treating all people equally, ending racism, taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves, ensuring that every person has access to affordable healthcare, and ensuring that everyone, regardless of colour or gender, is able to earn a fair wage, narrowing the income gap … those things would demolish justice and society? No, what is destroying justice and our society is having police killing unarmed black men just because they can. It is having a government riddled with corruption that we are powerless to stop. It is spending money to prop up the dying fossil fuel industry while we continue destroying our planet. It is having a ‘leader’ in name only, yet one who proclaims he is ‘above the law’ in all things. That, my friends, is tyranny.
#20 – When he says, “We embrace tolerance, not prejudice,” I want to scream. Such hypocrisy is reminiscent of a third-world dictator speaking to an uneducated public. But then, Trump is speaking only to his base, so … same thing. This speech oozes racism, as have most of Trump’s actions over the past month (and before). Trump is a racist, pure and simple, and his followers at this point are too, else they would not still be his followers. When he speaks of “love of country”, I am sickened. He has no love for any but himself. The goal of the liberal thinkers in this country is not to end “America”, but to make the United States a country to be proud of, a country that takes care of the planet, of people, and helps others around the world. Right now, I have zero pride in this country.
#22 – Trump calls those of us who disagree with him “bad, evil people”. I may not be the best person in the world, but I am neither bad nor evil. I only want everyone treated fairly and Donald Trump & his cohorts are fighting against that, as are those who continue to support him.
His masses will eat this speech up, and I believe that by the end of next week, his polling numbers will be on the rise … for no other reason than this lying, racist, phobic, fear-mongering, and divisive speech. Oh, and by the way, with daily new cases over 50,000 per day now, it should be noted that Trump never once mentioned the pandemic. Not once. You can see what he thinks our lives are worth, yes?