With scores of people across the South yet to be buried, with houses and schools and businesses and churches to be rebuilt, Donald Trump may be a strange topic to focus on. But perhaps the hazards of real life – flesh, metal and futures twisted by tumultuous winds of fate — are precisely the tools needed to illuminate the tin-foil nature of American politics.
Two days after Donald Trump claimed credit for President Barack Obama’s decision to release his Hawaiian birth certificate, the real estate mogul and prospective GOP candidate late Thursday night gave a speech laced with F-bombs to a Las Vegas crowd of several hundred Republicans, promising to subject rival nuclear powers to dialogue provided by Elmore Leonard.
As if he could treat Hu Jintao as if he were a Chinese version of Gary Busey.
You may find all of Trump’s incestuous recommendations, in their entirety, on YouTube. Here’s a cleaned up version from CBS:
Southerners know how to cuss, with a rhythm and color worthy of study by many New Yorkers. We do not shy away from expressing ourselves. But the best of us demand an elevated form of public dialogue. This is the land where Rhett earned his most grievous black mark for declaring — on the printed, public page — that he didn’t give a damn about Scarlett.
Martin Luther King Jr. surely employed locker-room language to privately rail against the indignities of segregation. But in public, he used G-rated words – powerful, biblical stuff — to bring down Jim Crow.
Unfortunately, what’s said in Las Vegas can’t always stay in Las Vegas. It must, given the networked nature of the world, come our way. Someone needs to tell me how Trump and his language – not just his choice of words, but his ideas, too — can play a constructive role in the Southern heart of the Republican party.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider