Honestly, They Aren’t Idiots

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A recent Vox essay dug into Donald Trump’s – let’s call it “odd” – speaking style of non-sequiturs, parentheticals, baselessness and departures from any reality common to this planet. Quite often it’s impossible to discern his message from the words used and you may have wondered what kind of stupid ignoramus would follow and support such an apparently mentally challenged, focus incapable individual. Turns out they aren’t ignoramuses, nor are they stupid.

Trump is a voice for the voiceless. They don’t resonate to his policies or his cleverly explained plans; they groove to his emotional vibe and that was explained so very well in the Vox piece:

“In other words, when Trump’s audience finishes his sentences for him, the blanks are filled with sentiments that resonate: fears of joblessness, worries about the United States losing its status as a major world power, concerns about foreign terrorist organizations. Trump validates their insecurities and justifies their anger. He connects on an emotional level,” Du Mez says.

“For listeners who identify with Trump, there is little they need to do but claim what they’re entitled to,” she says. “No need for sacrifice, for compromise, for complexity. He taps into fear and insecurity, but then enables his audience to express that fear through anger. And anger gives the illusion of empowerment.”

I’ve offered this before and it bears repeating: A very large percentage of the American people are afraid for their security, both financial and corporal, and they are mad as hell at being blown off for decades by their leaders. They are now emboldened by a candidate who speaks to their rage and speaks for their rage. Their fears are grounded in reality and at last someone is speaking for them.

And that’s all you need to know to understand his followers. Honestly, they aren’t idiots.

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Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.

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