I watched part of the Trump Rally in North Carolina. After the speech, they played the song YMCA by the Village People. Folks were dancing with hands in the air.
There is a lot of energy in that song. I've danced to it also, in different circumstances.
As for the speech, I am not bothered by watching. It's kind of alluring. I know it's toxic, but it's like drinking Kool Aid.
Drinking the Kool Aid.
One can learn how so many people think, or its better to say, "how so many people feel." Emotions drive a lot of things.
The speech had promises; like "we are going to hire more police."
I thought who pays for that? Are we going to bail out local governments that pay for the police?
He says, "We are going to protect people with preexisting conditions, take care of the veterans, on and on."
If it were just Trump alone, I think he'd bail out a lot of things. Just call his buddies at Federal Reserve to print up the money. Anything to get votes, but deficit hawks in Congress (the Republican establishment?) have other ideas.
Much of what I heard (I tuned in late) was repeated stories about the deals he's made. There's that new embassy building in Jerusalem that was going to cost over 1 billion dollars till he got on the phone. It's now $500,000; supposedly. There's the new version of Airforce One. He got that down also; supposedly.
The crowd cheers.
A few small stories, but meanwhile things like more police and coverage for preexisting conditions, can cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Hundreds of billions when implemented across this big country. A bigger story than just an embassy or an airplane.
Looking at the big picture, things don't add up behind the sales pitch.