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'Passion' Is  an adjective which should stay in the realms of reality TV. Give me a smart politician who makes decisions based on facts and logic rather than some redneck rousing idiot who plays to people's ignorance and prejudice like Trump..

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John, By passion. I mean to show some emotion, Perhaps like one cares. Say in the manner in which Churchill spoke when England was being attacked. If one want's a dead pan speech it might be better to have it spoken by a hal 9000 synthesized voice.

When President Obama spoke of the killings in San Bernardino. He displayed very little emotion in his voice when he spoke to the people. It wasn't a factual policy speech. It was supposed to be a speech to console the people. Instead he came across as if he wanted to go golfing or to a fund raiser.

Like it or not, part of a presidents job as a leader is to try and make the people feel better when bad things happen.

Most of my friends here in the states do not agree with Trump and realize that there is a snow balls chance in hell that his proposal would ever see the light of day. Yet they admit that at least he seems like he cares about this country and want's to try and protect it, And perhaps as his proposal gets shot down, Most folk feel that he would try something else less severe to effect a change.

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John, politicians know very well that most of the electorate vote emotionally. That's why regions or families are "traditionally" safe for one party or another.

Or, look at the Conservative or Labour party leaders here in the UK. Neither were the best qualified under your criteria, both won their election for emotional reasons.

The Civil Service should be coldly rational (if only they were).

Or am I missing your point?

Stephen

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I should add that publicly, Cameron is a cold fish but his appeal to those inclined to vote Conservative is emotional ("our sort of leader") not cerebral (surely?).

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I always felt that this speech by Ronald Regan after the Challenger disaster took a lot of beating, in spite of the slightly quick Hollywood delivery.

 

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Yes, it hit the mood well, just as Tony Blair hit the mood on Diana's death.

"High Flight" by John McGee. It is much better known on the western side of the Atlantic than the eastern.

Stephen

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Regan and  Blair 2 money grabbing bullshit actors 

at least one admitted it 

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I'm enjoying the idea that Trump is actually a Democrat plant to ruin Republican chances. Apparently he is quite friendly with the Clintons 

....everything else is just waiting.

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Obama has come to realise that there is nothing that he can say or do to address gun deaths (be it from unbalanced individuals or domestic terrorists (such as Robert Lewis Dear and, arguably, San Bernardino)).  In the aftermath of the Oregon shootings he gave what I thought was an impassioned speech in which he shared his frustration of the situation.  He could have given a rousing, bombastic, tubthumping, God Bless America - the Greatest Nation on Earth type speech after San Bernardino, but I think he deliberately kept up the theme from his Oregon speech.

 

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Blokko

But you are assuming that the guns were the factor. But as it's not PC and so therefore not allowed to say anything bad about radical Islam (the president even banned that phrase from his dictionary) He clearly was not going to lambaste the radicals within a religion, so he instead chose to preemptively lambaste the American people to be tolerant of Muslims. Which of course in the bigger picture is a good thing. No one group should be singled out due to the actions of a very small minority (unless of course one is a gun owner).

My point was that his speech after the Ca. attack was not the appropriate time to wag his finger at the American people who were the targets of this couple. He should have been waging his finger at radical terrorism done in the name of religion, not the people that were the target of this radical couples views. But he chose to go another route and blame 'we the people' because we have the right to bear arms rather than expound on Islamist extremist terrorists views as being the issue and how he would go after them.

And Trump is brilliantly (but wrongly in the long run) playing off this lackadaisical attitude towards radical Islam that the President displays. People really did take note when the president banned the term 'Radical Islamic terrorist' from his lexicon and ordered his staff to not say it as well. One could nearly hear the gasp of American's when his Secretary of homeland security referred to a terrorist attack on American's over seas as a 'man caused disaster'. That shows they are more concerned with political correctness than speaking the truth to the American people.

Yet on the other side of the issue. The media has somehow made a connection to the shooter at the planned parenthood office in Colorado with Christians. Even though he has never claimed it was about being a Christian driven crime. Nor has any manifesto been found claiming that he is a hit man for God. But then it's not against PC policy to make such a nebulous connect when it's about a Christian. His ex-wife said that he claimed to be religious when they were married was enough proof for the press and the pro choice folks.

That is why Trump is getting away with his silliness.

As for Trump being a Democratic plant, Well nothing in politics would surprise me any more. But as there is no evidence nor have I even heard such an accusation. It's probably a subject best left to the conspiracy theory nut job web sites.