America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, April 13, 2017

Words matter, they really do. Sometimes they matter more than actions.

Last year’s political campaign proved that, with sixteen months of populist, nationalistic bombast from one side and a peculiar directionless rhetoric from the other (not counting Bernie Sanders who sat out the last few months). Clearly, ranting and appealing to fear and racism won, despite the fact there was never any real substance behind the words. This week the media are expressing complete surprise at Donald Trump’s changes of mind on most of what he said during the campaign.

When Bill Clinton did it, they called it waffling. When George W. Bush failed to bend to reality and alter his views people called him dumb. Today Trump is being given credit for being flexible in the face of new information by some, while others consider his about faces proof that the words that got…

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