I make an effort to understand the things that I don’t. Things that seem wrong to me but other people believe or support.
In that category is Donald Trump. Most of what I know about Trump I have learned through articles written about him. But I hadn’t actually read or heard a speech. So I pulled the transcripts from his speeches.
I want to know where he’s coming from. I want to know if I am misunderstanding him because of my own bias. I want to know what his supporters see in him. So I’m reading his speeches.
And it’s hard. At first it was easy. It was the standard sort of things that politicians say that will get you to nod your head because we can ALL AGREE ABOUT THAT.
Of course it’s also got the lies and/or delusions for which he is so very famous.
But that is just the warm up. Then he gets started on the things that creep into the scary.
We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest, single investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned, and I mean unquestioned, by anybody and everybody.
I haven’t finished all the speeches I’ve pulled up to read. It’s becoming harder. I’m not a fan of any political speech because I find the standard political simplistic generalities to be insulting, as they assume I’m an idiot. Rarely do you hear specific details of a plan or strategy.
Trump at least offers me more opportunities to fact check him. And those ventures have the pleasantness of finding them false. Its like always winning the scratch off.
But then he says the scary stuff my stomach gets churny.