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Did I post on Donald Trump before the 2016 election? I must have said something. The man appalled me. I thought a) he couldn’t be elected, and b) if elected, he’d be a disaster.
My attitude has changed. I still don’t like him. I don’t want to have lunch with him. He annoys me.
But I kind of like (most of) the things he does.
I’ve come up with a theory about President Trump. It’s probably inadequate, but I’m pretty sure it’s better than the theories held by his political opponents, who consistently underestimate him.
My theory concerns words.
I don’t think words mean the same things to Trump that they mean to, oh, to choose somebody at random – me.
For me words are conveyors of meaning. They’re related to the Biblical concept of “Logos,” carriers of truth, spiritual concepts to be handled with reverence and not misused.
For Donald Trump (I think) words are tools. I won’t say that he doesn’t recognize the meaning of words, or that everything he says is insincere. When he says he loves America, or his family, I’m sure he means what he says with all his heart.
But in his public life the man is primarily a game player. A deal maker. And words are the equipment of the game. Continue reading My theory of Trump