Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Don't Care About Melania Trump's Plagiarism

Should I?
   It's all bullshit anyway, the whole campaign is nonsense, bullshit and bluster from top to bottom... Somebody else obviously writes this shit, then another person trains them to read the teleprompter long as they can read a few words flashing in front of their eyes, they're good to go... So they lied and said she wrote it when it seemed to go over well, and then they said she didn't write it when that suited them. Mrs. Obama didn't seem to notice...she probably didn't write her speech either.
  I mean, tactically: sure, do whatever it takes to stop Trumpo's freak show. It's dumb that we're talking about this given all the insanity that the GOP speakers have been spewing... Lucifer? Really? And do these people actually believe that the Democrats are out to intentionally destroy the country? God, I hope it's just a rhetorical pose. But I have my doubts. They've come completely unhinged.
  Anyway, I guess you play the hand you're dealt. If the Dems can score points with this, then they should score 'em.
   I dunno. That's the way it seems to me.
   Good thing that there seem to be zero countries in the world that can rise above minimal rationality. If there were any, they'd probably eat our damn lunch.


Blogger The Mystic said...

From a tactical perspective, I hope they don't focus too much on this one; making a big flagship issue out of a relative non-issue is the kind of fodder that gives Trump an opportunity to seem somewhat credible. He's willing to lie constantly, and the only thing that makes that look legit is any semblance of equivalent behavior on the other side. On one hand, this is a genuine demonstration of the Trump campaign's flagrant disregard for the truth in manipulating public perception. On the other hand, it's not even the most obvious or important example of that behavior.

The biggest boon to Trump, sadly, is HRC's email server. That issue is a bona fide, serious failure on her behalf and her fluctuation between attempts to portray it as a total non-issue and other attempts to apologize and take some sort of responsibility for it have gone a long way to present an image of her as a Trump equivalent in the eyes of the public. False though that equivocation may be, it is sadly too similar a tactic to Trump's wheeling and dealing to create a clear distinction in a pubic which has reached a very high degree of careless and reflexive skepticism/loathing of politicians.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Rob R said...

Lucifer? Really?

Carson's target audience is religious, so he says "Lucifer." The liberal audience is secular, so their politicians say "hate." But it's the same psychology.
The elites on the Left tend to downplay their politics when speaking to a broad audience; those on the Right tend not to. So Republican officials will directly claim that Hillary Clinton wants to destroy America, but their counterpart Democrats will not say that Mike Pence hates women. But that claim is widespread among liberals.

I had a conversation the other day with a friend who called Pence "anti-woman," and I had to argue the point. Think about what that means. He opposes abortion, so he's against women? I asked my friend if she really believes that he "hates women," and she said yes. I asked her if she also believes that the 40% of women who oppose abortion also hate women? She said yes. This is insanity, and it is perfectly normal thinking here in New York, and among liberals in general, in my experience.

Concerning Melania's speech, I couldn't agree more. Speeches given at conventions are just not serious acts, especially ones given by those not running for office. That said, why isn't anyone talking about the fact that Democratic and Republican partisans both ate up what was effectively the same speech? That either means the speech is vacuous (in which case it is no credit to Michelle Obama to have originated it) or it refutes to some extent the claims that our nation is "polaraized."

11:39 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Damn, Rob...those are really good points...

5:12 AM  

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