Let the dirty tricks begin.
The not so secret “secret” is out. Not only do they not write their own stuff, they often don’t even read it until it is presented on the teleprompter.
In a simpler age this would not have been a problem. You trusted the person who actually penned the words, that he or she had captured your positions and crafted a speech that accurately reflected your views on whatever subject was being presented. As a presenter or candidate your only task was to read those words aloud and deliver them with force and fervor, bringing to life the thoughts they expressed.
The Republican nominee for president has often been castigated by his party’s insider elite for not using the teleprompter, for delivering his thoughts off the cuff, almost in a stream of consciousness fashion. Perhaps he was on to something. No one has yet devised a method to hack into the brain and change the thoughts as they form.
I feel sorry for Mrs. Trump, she is a victim in this piece. She, along with the two speechwriters, the one who wrote the actual speech she was to deliver and that writer from 2008 who crafted the speech delivered by Mrs. Obama.
This entire speech fiasco points to a larger problem, that of the reliance we have placed on our computer devices. It would not take a high degree of sophistication to hack into an unprotected teleprompter and change the words of a speech. By the same token it wouldn’t take a super intelligent hacker to gain access to any private, non-secure server we might have stashed in our basement. At either extreme we are foolish if we fail to take steps to protect ourselves from those who would do us harm.
It is at our own peril that we embrace the positive aspects brought to us by the computer age but ignore the negative uses to which the technology can be employed by those with evil intent.
We will not return to the days when a politician actually wrote his own speeches, the public now demands a higher level of sophistication and polish in political rhetoric. The very best that we can expect is that the person delivering a speech actually study the words that they have paid good money to have written, at least to the point that they will be able to recognize it if the teleprompter is showing them something different.