“It’s a candidacy without any parallel that I can recall. It’s content-free and very much given to stirring up envy and resentment and even hatred. And I think it would be a threat to the conduct of our foreign policy and our position in the world at large.” – Libertarian vice presidential candidate William Weld on his opposition to a Donald Trump presidency
I love words and phrases. I love how you can create a picture, or a point with just one, two or three words. When Mr. Weld called Mr. Trump’s candidacy “content-free” it summarized, with two simple words and a hyphen, how I feel every time Trump opens his mouth. For me, there truly is no content, or plan, or any real thought to what he says. The man simply loves the sound of his own voice.
I struggle putting words together sometimes, the thought I want to convey. I have the picture in my mind of what I want to paint and words are the colors I use to brush on the canvas. Occasionally I hit the mark, the idea simply flows through and I can prop it up with the Thesaurus turning a ten-cent word into a dollar. But often I sit and stare at the keyboard, waiting for the moment that inspiration strikes and hope that my gerbil size attention span will remember where I was going.
As much as I have despised some of the election rhetoric I have heard I have been fascinated by the language, the words that have bombarded us and the emotion those words have created. More than any other election that I can recall we have been subjected to words that not only speak the truth but also deflect from the truth. Words that direct and words that misdirect. You know by now that I am not a fan of Trump but I have come to realize that even with his very limited vocabulary (“knows all the words, all the good words” as he likes to say) he is able to convey a message that a certain segment of our population WANTS to hear. Some would call that a gift, I call it lazy but effective.
So please know that I appreciate the handful of you that continue to read what I write. My audience ebbs and flows depending on the subject matter but I always enjoy the feedback, both good and bad. In seven months I have published 312 posts, and I would guess roughly 125,000 words. They may not always be the right words, they may not always hit their mark, or convey the right sentiment or emotion but I have certainly enjoyed the exercise of finding them and sharing with you.