Take an empty pepper grinder. Fill it with a random selection of a variety of coloured peppercorns as follows:
Black: variety empty rhetoric
Almost black: variety divisive statement
Very dark grey: variety evasive answer
Dark grey: variety might be true statement
Mid grey: variety undoubtedly true statement
Light grey: variety sound policy statement
Very light grey: variety self-adulation
Almost white: variety hyperbole
White: variety outright lie
Now throw in a handful of the following additional corns ostensibly to add extra colour and spice to the flavour but which only serve to detract from the overall flavour of the peppercorn mix:
Yellow: variety unnecessary sarcasm
Light brown: variety answer irrelevant to the question
Dark brown: variety repetition of word or phrase
Light green: variety barb to the opponent
Dark green: variety very short pregnant pause
Pink: variety half truth
Shake the grinder vigorously to thoroughly mix up the corns. Upend the pepperpot and grind for two minutes onto a clean white sheet of paper. Look at the accumulated sprinkles of very small pieces of pepper and extract just the dark grey, mid grey and light grey pieces. If you succeed, move these pieces to another piece of paper and reconstruct a coherent structured peppercorn that metaphorically resembles a structured policy based on clear thinking, provable facts and obvious statesmanship. Impossible, huh?
This is how Donald Trump came across to me as I listened on the radio in the early hours of this morning (UK time) to his head-to-head exchanges with Hillary Clinton in the first of three presidential candidate debates.
God bless America—really!
Ben Bennetts said:
A colleague responded privately to my comments above and defended Trump thus:
I can understand why people don’t like Trump, but the hope is once in office he will act like a CEO. He has built a great company, does have women in many management positions and where is the outcry of him mistreating his employees? As a CEO he does listen and put the best people in jobs. He does have that track record so that is the hope.
I responded with the following:
I can only judge Donald Trump on what I heard him say and how he performed under media pressure as he competes for the highest office in the land and last night he was absolutely awful: no structure to his statements, jabbing and sniping at Hillary Clinton at every opportunity, consistently exceeding his 2-minute answer slot, evading the questions put to him by the moderator, stupid claims of his own abilities, oodles of empty rhetoric, and so on. He may have what it takes to be a successful CEO at the helm of the Trump Organisation but none of those attributes were on show during the debate and one wonders how he made his millions if indeed he is as wealthy as he claims. For me, the President of the United States is one of the most powerful people in the world and the position requires someone with gravitas, respect for others, eloquence, understanding, empathy and an ability to play on the world’s stage with an authority which is immediately apparent. Trump displayed none of those characteristics last night. In fact, he came across as an egotistical bombastic sneering airhead of the sort you might find in a first-year ivy-league university debating chamber. I seriously dread what will happen if Trump becomes the next President of the USA.
Interesting comments from your colleague and I’m sure Trump has these qualities but I agree with you.
If I could programme my television to prevent him from appearing on the screen I would use it. Seeing him, and hearing his voice, makes me feel nauseous.
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