Two sentences are taken from one of my kid’s preschool reading books. The third is from Joe Biden’s acceptance speech.
Joe’s had a word with two syllables.
Other than that….
I didn’t watch Biden’s speech last night. But I read it online, and the text of the speech was quite revealing. Here are some examples.
Give people light.
Those are words for our time.
We’re so much bigger than that.
We’re so much better than that.
And he did.
And so can we.
The speech did include passages that were more “verbose” as written. But nothing in the speech required “thought” with regard to the manner in which delivery would give it meaning. The text of the speech was such that it could be delivered in conversational expository in the same way a Domino’s manager explains to a new employee the process for assembling a pizza.
The campaign isn’t just about winning votes.
It’s about winning the heart, and yes, the soul of America.
No generation will ever know what history will ask of it.
All we can ever know is whether we’ll be ready when that moment arrives.
So, the question before us is simple: Are we ready.
Wow — they tossed in a colon in the middle of a sentence. I hope he didn’t stumble there.
They are all on the ballot.
Who we are as a nation. What we stand for. And, most importantly, who we want to be.
That’s all on the ballot.
And the choice could not be clearer.
No rhetoric is needed.
Just judge this president on the facts.
I see a different America.
One that is generous and strong.
Selfless and humble.
It’s an America we can rebuild together.
Are we ready?
I believe we are.
This is a great nation.
And we are a good and decent people.
This is the United States of America.
And there has never been anything we’ve been unable to accomplish when we’ve done it together.
For love is more powerful than hate.
Hope is more powerful than fear.
Light is more powerful than dark.
This is our moment.
This is our mission.
May history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight as love and hope and light joined in the battle for the soul of the nation.
And this is a battle that we, together, will win.
I promise you.
That is just hard to read. I imagine it was as hard, if not harder to watch. It’s almost like the original Twitter rule was in effect — no sentence more than 140 characters.
Again, I have “cherry-picked” some of the more obvious examples — but there were a lot of “cherries” to pick from. But sentences of 5-8 words strung together are not the making of a coherent justification for being elected to the highest office in the land.
The people in the campaign who drafted the speech clearly understood the risk that Dementia-Joe would lose his place in a long sentence or combination of long sentences, and either stop or begin to riff freestyle based on words he’s hearing himself say but fails to comprehend.
So punctuation was their friend. Lots of “periods” forcing Dementia-Joe to stop, and then start again with a new sentence.
But the text is a concession that Dementia-Joe cannot deliver a live speech in a campaign rally setting. A bandaid can be applied to that problem by sending Harris in person, followed by a taped short video by Biden.
But the Biden Campaign will need an excuse for why Dementia-Joe will be a no-show for the Presidential debates. Post your ideas for them in the comments below.