ace has a typically excellent essay up about the problems with the Donald, beyond him dropping “F-bombs” in a public speech.
But Trump is also doing something essential to winning without physical conflict: attacking with the left’s own weapon. No, not the F Word; emotional appeals.
As I continually argue, leftists ignore reason when reason isn’t on their side. It’s why they’ve become so amazingly stupid. So why waste a heartbeat on “rationally” debating them? Emotion and social pressure are their weapons. Those, they can’t ignore.
So naturally rational people never use their weapons against them. Why? “Rational” and “intelligent” aren’t synonyms, apparently.
As with hands, people have two mental sides, one of which dominates. There’s a right and left hand, and there’s a rational and emotional side. Every person is this way. And every person includes independent American voters. Tea Partiers are trying to convince emotional Americans using reason. Statists use emotion on the emotional.
Guess who wins.
Our side could use emotional tactics to bolster the rational arguments. I contend we should. Yes, yes, it’s distasteful. But you don’t leave vomit laying around just because the cleanup is disgusting. Will you let the Ruling Class enslave your family because emotional appeals seem so tawdry?
Rational people think a logically unassailable argument should be enough. It is, for them. So when it fails to work with the emotional they assume the problem is communication. They keep rephrasing the same flawless arguments while wondering why it never works. Meanwhile statists use every trick at their disposal to win the undecided with emotion.
You know how, when it comes to handedness, there’s a lot more righties than lefties? Well, guess what? The division between rational and emotional folks isn’t 50/50, either.
Are you starting to see the problem yet?
ace isn’t keen on “populism”, and if that means “Cult of Personality” politics, I’m no fan either. He makes very sharp observations about Trump’s methods being no different than Obama’s. Cult of Personality crap is completely out-of-bounds for rational people, as it should be reflexively for any American. But emotional argument…why not use it in addition to that logically unassailable position? Distasteful, yes. Manipulative, even?
Since it feels manipulative to a rational person, I guess it is. But to the emotional you’re not being manipulative, you’re speaking to their interests. Have you ever had an emotional person get mad at you for succeeding in a logical argument? That is, you used logic, as always. But this time they had an unwanted epiphany, and saw the error in their argument. That’s when they feel manipulated. Rational creatures feel manipulated by emotional pressure. Emotional folks feel manipulated when logic takes them from where they want to be.
You’re one sort or the other. So does this ring true to you?
Paul Ryan’s got the logical argument down pat. It doesn’t need fine-tuning. What’s needed is to win the emotional independent voters. Who outnumber the rational ones, I remind.
He could start with, “The government doesn’t let me borrow money and put the debt on my children. But that’s exactly what it’s doing.” But what he really needs to say is:
We are enslaving America’s children.
“This is nothing short of slavery.”
“Slavery slavery slavery.”
Statists can’t ignore that the way they do reason. “How dare you?!” And then Ryan whips out the charts showing every squalling babe is $50,000 in debt and Ryan’s opponents are arguing to add $5,000 to that every year. Let them explain why it isn’t slavery. Insist they explain to America why the government can do to its children what gets its citizens thrown in prison and called monsters.
Slavery slavery slavery. This debt is slavery. Ryan’s got the charts to prove it.
Of course “progressives” and the Ruling Class will scream bloody murder. That’s a feature, not a bug. Let’s help all independent voters see these folks in their full-throated, spittle-flecked glory.
The purpose isn’t to win over the Ruling Class and its remoras. They hate you already, and for very good reason. Slavers should hate good Americans.
And millions of those wishy-washy independent voters are good Americans. These are the folks who decide elections. I have logically concluded that involuntary debt is slavery. I think that. Get “emotional America” to feel it and the war is over.
Our political master class is now so spoiled, stupid and hateful, defeating it really would be this simple. We employ reason, which they’re abandoned, and from there make our appeals just as emotional as theirs. It would destroy this pathetic Ruling Class.
Which is a bunch of slavers, I remind you.