I heard a part of Giuliani’s speech in which he told us we were afraid for our safety. Then, because every good political speech must invoke “the children,” he told us we were afraid for our children’s safety. Then, to capitalize on current news, he told us we were afraid for the safety of our police officers.
The hidden message: if we don’t elect Republicans, we and our children and our police officers will be slaughtered by radicalized Islamists, insane snipers, random shooters, and rogue law enforcement officers.
All this was done in the context of “Make America Great Again.” The hidden message: America was great (by some undefined measure of greatness); America is no longer great (by some undefined measure of greatness that may not be the same as the first one); Republicans can restore greatness in some undefined manner and method.
This kind of rhetoric and propaganda is the same as that used by fundamentalist preachers: you are inherently sinful, you face hellfire, and the only recourse you have is to believe and do what I tell you.
It’s not unlike the propaganda that brought Barrack Obama into office: “Change.” Change from what to what (never specified); change, how implemented (never specified).
Do you see the pattern? The candidates and their handlers know that the vast majority of voters have no earthly idea of the issues and have no interest in learning of them—much less understanding them. The candidates and their handlers know that name recognition and slogans are going to win the election.
What would prompt someone like Giuliani, who until now has seemed to be a fairly rational individual, to speak in favor of the “presumptive Republican candidate”? What would prompt him to speak in support of a party whose platform is blatantly misogynistic and homophobic? What would prompt him to support a loose cannon, a clown? To paraphrase Paul Scofield (as Sir Thomas More) in A Man for All Seasons, “Why, Rudi, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . but for Trump?”
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.