Not long ago the media got copies of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. The third, fourth, and fifth paragraphs:
Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.
Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.
I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.
In two centuries of speeches and off the cuff demagoguery I’ve never read a more terrifying depiction of the authoritarian mind. This, after all the blather about fascism, is what fascism looks like. Turn to me. I’ll stop the crime. Now. On this date. Never again. With this speech, Donald Trump hopes to attract the middling number of independent and undecided voters. Further:
On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone.
Study the juxtaposition of those two sentences. “Finally.” Laws “enforced.” The causal link between enforcing the law and compassion.
But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens. My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton. Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief.
Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness. Her plan will overwhelm your schools and hospitals, further reduce your jobs and wages, and make it harder for recent immigrants to escape from poverty.
Never mind the lies in this passage — if I can even write “never mind.” What the hell in Clinton’s platform demands a horde of three million Mexicans swimming across the Rio Grande? Paul Manafort has already hinted that FBI crime statistics can’t be trusted because people don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods: the kind of sly elision and conflation from which law and order campaigns are made.
In the seven years since Barack Hussein Obama’s inauguration the deficit has shrunk, gays and lesbians can marry, regulatory agencies like the EPA and OSHA can boast chiefs who believe in them, climate change is a priority. This year the Republican Party completed its degeneration, begun on January 1969, into a loose confederation — their favorite word — of white straight panic.