He who thinks BIG and talks BIG, is BIG
Near the end of his 75-minute Republican National Convention acceptance speech, Donald Trump introduced one of his few policy priorities. If he were to be elected president this November, he promised he would repeal Section 501©(3) of the United States federal tax code. The law stipulates that in order for nonprofit organizations (read: religious institutions) to be absolved from paying taxes they cannot participate in partisan politics. “I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans,” Trump said.
If you’re not one of the Evangelical Christians to whom Trump was pandering it was easy to miss this small bit of policy. The 1954 tax amendment, championed by then-Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, was passed with little opposition and hasn’t inspired much since its passage — probably because nonprofit organizations do have free speech, just not the unalienable right to be tax-exempt. This was one of the few concrete details that Trump provided about his vision for America’s future, but it was overshadowed by Trump — drowned out by the demonic sounds of bigoted anger and fearmongering for those in the #NeverTrump corner; superseded by what it preceded for the Trumpified. “We can accomplish these great things, and so much else — all we need to do is start believing in ourselves and in our country again,” he said. “It is time to show the whole world that America is back — bigger, and better and stronger than ever before.”
Herein lies the generous view of Trump’s appeal. Liberals, myself included, cannot see past Trump’s bigotry, and cannot imagine how anyone who is not a bigot themselves could possibly support someone who unapologetically labels Mexicans killer-rapist-job thieves and women menstruating-bimbo-sex objects. It’s undeniable that Trump has generated much of his support from white patriarchy-loving Americans’ anxieties about a changing America. But the truth is that many American voters, the ones who remain undecided, will, even in a contest as spectacular as this one, make their decision based on more fickle criteria. Such as, Trump is big...
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