Trump Speech at RNC
I am watching Donald Trump give his rambling acceptance speech. He is citing a law passed under the Johnston administration that threatens to remove tax exemption when religious institutions enter into the partisan political debate, he wants to eliminate that provision. There is a left wing Church in Pasadena that has been prosecuted under that legislation, as have sanctuary churches. I am not sure he means to support churches that give refuge to undocumented immigrants, but there it is.
There are a lot of unintended consequences that might result from his statements. His rhetoric is pretty much self congratulatory, but he included his base in a royal we when disparaging the establishment types who claimed he didn’t stand a chance. He is playing the underdog card in a quite sophisticated manner. By playing to the common man in his rhetorical style, keeping to language that any elementary school kid could understand (my 5 year old granddaughter keeps asking “is that true” to the Trumpisms), he is able to confound the intellectual class, and his peers, with this dumbing down, similar to the folksiness of Bush Jr.
I managed to make it through the convention platitudes and rabid attacks on Hilary Clinton, only to discover that there is very little there, there. If only he were another Gertrude Stein… Truly the P. T. Barnum of our age, this man is dangerous in his conceit. People might elect him just to have another version of the Trump reality show Trump: The White House Years. He still used the Rolling Stones in his theme music despite the complaints from the band. I guess you can’t always get what you want.