The Donald had them cheering last night. I did not watch but I have reviewed the transcript of what he said. I am convinced the man has essentially gotten himself elected but I am not impressed.
To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise: We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And We Will Make America Great Again.
– Trump, July 21, 2016, Politico.
What about Free again?
I decided to dissect his speech, looking for mention of certain words and ideas. Here’s what I found:
Freedom: one mention (pg 47): in relation to the TPP – “I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence.”
Free (as a positive human condition): one (pg 57) – “protect free speech of all Americans.”
Liberty: 0 mentions.
Liberties: 0 mentions.
Independence: one (pg 47) – again in relation to TPP.
Right(s) (as a positive, individual human possession): 2 (pgs 30 and 55) – the right of children to live their lives – right of all Americans to keep their families safe.
Constitution: 1 (pg 55) – concerning only the appointment of Supreme Court justices.
The Founders: 0.
Second Amendment: 1 (pg 55) – Hillary wants to abolish.
Federal Reserve: 0.
Monetary Policy: 0.
Debt: 1 mention (pg 10): Obama has doubled the debt (no promise to eliminate it or even to lower the growth rate).
Elimination of government agencies: 0. (Donald days he will ask Department heads for a list of wasteful programs to eliminate in his first 100 days. The wasteful departments themselves seem safe).
Intervention (foreign meddling): 0. (Trump rightly placed blame on the current Administration for its idiotic policies but elsewhere maintained that America would continue the same albeit with support from our allies and dependents).
Trump’s speech was meant solely to rally his party into a frenzy. It worked. His words centered on safety and wealth, giving only the barest afterthoughts to freedom and, then, only in the context of government policies. He promised tax and regulatory cuts, which are badly needed. However, he said nothing of reducing the overall scope of government nor of ending or curtailing the reliance on the central banking cabal. He doesn’t want to eliminate anything but, rather, replace and retool failed policies with other failed policies. He spoke of fighting terrorism but of its being a product of Hillary’s design – he remarks on terror and criminal invasion smelled of back-peddling, almost to the point of pandering.
This speech gave those who listened what they wanted to hear but was not necessarily what should have been said. Again, the people are getting what they want and what they deserve.
At this late (too late) point, this is the best we can do. I understand many will vote Trump thinking he is better than Hillary. He is different but no better. This speech told me everything I need to know. He’s a big government champion and another politician.
During the next four or eight years we can look forward to more of the same. I really, really hope I’m wrong though I think I am right. This speech didn’t help.