Words do matter
Words matter. I recently read the argument that you can’t connect the actions of one person to the words of another. This argument is being put forth in defense of President Trump. I don’t buy it. Especially in the case of a leader with a following. If this were true, why make speeches? Why hold rallies? Words do matter. History bears this out as does an unbiased view of political leaders, elected or oppositional, around the world today. Winston Churchill used words to encourage his fellow countrymen with the blood, sweat and tears speech. The one whose name has become toxic to history inflamed the German people with his speech. Tell Vladimar Putin that words don’t matter. Why do authoritarian regimes throughout history attempt to control speech? Spin doctors are the modern sophists who seek to shape speech for political advantage. Words do matter and when our president calls the free press the enemy of the people and espouses xenophobia, misogyny, racism, nationalism, in an angry tirade he signals to his followers that these views are acceptable and approved. Inevitably some will act.
– Brian Goller, Boise