My thesis dealt with political speech by the President of the United States (POTUS). My original topic was ‘enemies,’ and how they were constructed by the POTUS in political speech. I ultimately had to change and narrow my topic to the use of the word ‘government’ by the POTUS in the State of the Union address, because I didn’t have a clear enough consistent and comparable body of data.
I wish Trump hadn’t changed that so much.
No other POTUS has so relied on creating and using “us vs them” relationships in their speech. It’s like he doesn’t know how *not* to. Like he doesn’t know how to say anything without bringing “us vs them” into it.
I hope that our political speech can change. I hope that we can spend more time building each other up instead of driving wedges between us.
I don’t expect that any time soon. Seems likely we have more trouble to get through first.