Dauric wrote: Vahir wrote:
cphite wrote:That being said... it's one thing to worry about some of the bullshit he's throwing out about policy; a lot of it's pretty fucked up. But all of this worry over every random bit of crap that he says, and all this parsing and examination, it's just getting silly.
Welcome to being a candidate for president of the United States.
... and with reasonably good reason. The random crap that comes out of most of us doesn't have much of an effect in the wider scheme of things, we're all just random as assholes on the internet. The random crap that comes out of a typical CEO's mouth could tank their own companies, possibly have an effect on their entire industry, but with rare exceptions (recent meltdown of AIG, Merrill Lynch, etc.) it doesn'the go much beyond that.
Sure, in some cases; generally if their words imply something negative about the company or industry, not just random crap.
Words and their proper use are the core of any politician's job, powers, duties, and responsibilities. Random crap that comes out of the mouth of the PotUS can launch nukes. It would be one thing if Trump was given to making retractions after he goes 'off script', ("no, I didn't literally mean 'Nuke China!', I was just frustrated with them, it's been a long day, can we table this trade negotiation bullshit until tomorrow? I need a nap."), but Trump will make statements that only saintly generosity could label as politely as a "faux pas", and rather than walk it back when called out on it, he doubles down and takes it to absurdities* ("Yes I said 'Nuke China', and goddammit use ALL the Nukes!!").
No. This is something that a lot of people seem to worry about but it really doesn't work that way. There are no circumstances under which any president can launch nukes simply by saying so; and there isn't even a "button" in the sense that most people seem to think. The president can authorize a nuclear strike, yes - but in the absence of a known threat, an order to do so would never be carried out. There is protocol in place to prevent that, and frankly even if there wasn't there is no way that the chain of command is going to kick-start the end the world just because Donald Trump says so on a whim.
*unless his political handlers manage to find his reigns, but even then control over his mouth seems 'loose' at best.
We tear apart and investigate in minute detail the use of language of -every- president because that language shapes policy and national defense. Presidents afterward will have to build on, or clean up after, what the previous administration left behind with their use of words.
Tear apart yes; but the level of faux outrage shown in regards to Trump, especially in regards to obviously nonsensical statements, is getting to be a bit much.
And while Trump's use of words would seem to indicate a blindingly obvious unsuitability to the office of PotUS, he still has managed to get one step away from that office. It does behoove us to parse and examine his use of language, so we all can argue effectively against its use in the future.
Well, I certainly won't argue that he is
suited for the job, because I don't believe he is at all. But that's based on a lot more than random bullshit that he utters during press conferences.