Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fears of a strongman

Calling Trump a 'strongman' is supposed to be a pejorative, but it seems like an asset more than anything. If we had a strongman in Indiana instead of Pence, religious freedoms would have been protected. If we nominated a strongman to the SCOTUS instead of Roberts, Obamacare would probably be dead. The people who seem most critical of the idea of a strongman seem to be those who could never be one even if they wanted to. 

It's like hearing someone sneer and talk about image obsessed health nuts and what insecurities they must have - but having the diatribe delivered from a four hundred pound lardass. Something other than pure observation about others' flaws seems to be in the driver's seat there.

1 comment:

Mr. Green said...

Calling Trump a 'strongman' is supposed to be a pejorative

And of course "strongman" in a political context (as opposed to, say, a circus context (add your own punchline here)) is pejorative because it refers to someone who rules by violence and threats of force... but what force does Trump have? Is he gonna fire everyone who doesn't vote for him?? He has a forceful character, to be sure, but that's blatant equivocation. (Or sheer illteracy.)

Something other than pure observation about others' flaws seems to be in the driver's seat there.

Yeah, that and the thinking that when it comes to Trump any pejorative is a good pejorative.