“There are two fundamentally different kinds of speakers: those who use reasoning, and those who speak from the heart. They reach two different sorts of people, those who understand through reason, and those who understand through the heart. Speakers who aim for the reason are generally found in parliaments, those who speak from the heart speak to the people.
His voice reaches out from the depths of his blood into the depths of the souls of his listeners. He brings to expression the secrets of the human soul. He rouses the tired and lazy, fires up the indifferent and the doubting, turns cowards into men and weaklings into heroes.”
So wrote Dr. Joseph Goebbels in his “The Fuhrer as a Speaker” published in 1936.
Speaking to the disaffected is an art filled with the hidden codes and dog whistles which prick up and bring the blood rushing to to the ears, turning them hot and making jaws clench and teeth grind. It is designed to rouse up the angry folks.
We’ve seen a lot of that lately.
Bluster and personal attacks when asked a serious question by someone who is supposed to do just that. No cogent response; afterall the person asking the question didn’t deserve a response. The questioner just didn’t get it.
After all, the speaker “resonates with a lot of people with his bluntness,” especially the angry folks.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”. No need to answer a question from such a person – a person who is out to get me – get US. “ Thanks for all of your support. Political correctness is killing our country. “Weakness..”
Political correctness as weakness. Political leaders as “weak and pathetic”.
No program. No position on issues. Just attacks on individuals and government in general as weak and pathetic. Sounds like what Dr. Goebbels described as speaking with reason vs. speaking “from the heart, from the depths of his blood”.
The angry disaffected are enraged over change – change which they perceive they do not control. Thus the need to “take our country back”.
From who? From “them”; in order to make America “great again” – whatever the hell that means.
These folks and those who blow dog whistles in their ears are dangerous. They are dangerous because they are impervious to reason. There is no point talking reasonably because they tune you out – you are “them”.
“I will build the wall, and Mexico’s going to pay for it, and they will be happy to pay for it. Because Mexico is making so much money from the United States that that’s going to be peanuts.” This is the answer to America’s illegal immigration problems, our unemployment rate and our annual deficit.
“I have great respect for Mexico — their leaders are too smart — they’re killing us at the border and they’re killing us with trade. You know, Mexico in a certain way, is the new China.”
“When did we beat Japan at anything?”
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
And he is worthy of support because he is NOT of the political class – those who have let “them” take over our country. He is a business man! He knows how to get things done! And he speaks his mind! Just like us!
Now it is easy to blow off the speaker of these quotes as a narcissistic windbag. Unfortunately for the rest of us however he is a billionaire, representing the billionaire class who has ennobled our society with new casinos and apartment towers for his multi-millionaire friends.
And no; he did not pull himself up by his bootstraps so he is not a representative of that “American dream”. He was born with the proverbial platinum spoon in his mouth; dad left an estimated fortune of $400 million and the finest education money could buy. Not a bad way to start, even if the education didn’t seem to do much good.
We shouldn’t blow off the windbag, believing he has no chance. That would be a serious mistake. He is inciting the mob and while we shake our collective heads at his “isms” the mob is sharpening pitchforks. And he has all the requisite personal qualities of a first class dictator.
And there are millions like him – those who would vote for Adolph Hitler before they would vote for Hillary Clinton, let alone Bernie Sanders.