Thomas Sowell sees clearly the political danger that is called Donald Trump. Link here.
Being a clearer thinker than most, he has chosen not to wade into the birther controversy.
Instead, he renders us the service of identifying why Donald Trump appeals to so many people. He sees Trump taking the rhetorical fight to Obama while most other Republican candidates are projecting rhetorical weakness. As he puts it: “Republican rhetoric tends to range from low key to no key.”
Sowell explains: “Trump has what so many other Republicans are so painfully lacking: the ability and the willingness to articulate arguments clearly, forcefully, and in plain English. Too many Republicans talk like the actor of whom a critic once said, ‘he played the king like he was afraid that someone else was going to play the ace.’”
He continues: “What electrified so many Republicans about Sarah Palin in the 2008 election campaign was that her speeches offered such a contrast to the usual mealy-mouthed talk common among other Republican candidates, including Sen. John McCain. Whether you agreed or disagreed with her position on the issues, you didn’t have to wave your hand in front of her eyes to see if she was awake.”
Sarah Palin’s recent speech in Madison, Wisconsin offered the same stark contrast. Very few Republican contenders could have made the speech. No others did.