Thursday, 24 August 2017

Huffington Post: Trump Could Learn Something From The Middle Path

President Trump's response to Charlottesville has generated some very powerful, mostly critical, public responses. In a certain way, many people have noted that the problem did not lie in any specific detail that he included in his presentation. There was just something in the gestalt of his words that left people very upset. What I would say is that he missed the demanded focus of the situation.

I develop this idea further in my latest Huffington Post blog -- Trump Could Learn Something From The Middle Path -- at  

My original title for the post, btw, was 'The Demand was for a Focused Response' but it was changed by the editors.

Feel free to comment here or there.

Rabbi Ben Hecht

1 comment:

Rabbi Ben Hecht said...

I just wish to add that what occurred in response to the President's statements, it seems to me, supports my argument. Rather than his words successfully pointing out that there were issues with both sides (i.e. balance), the negative forces on the left have actually become emboldened. While the hate on the left clearly has to be addressed, this was not the time -- and the result has been that it is even more ignored by the populace.

In addition, rather than fostering support for those who, for heritage reasons, wished to keep the statues, the opposite has occurred. The fact is that these people may have already damaged their own argument by joining with hate groups in a "Unite the Right" rally but the President's inappropriate attempt at balance obviously also hurt their cause as well.