Watch it below. It is short and worth your time:
There is so much to say about this speech. I get something new out of it every time I watch it. I watched it again the other day and I was struck by the way he defines the vocation of the writer:
I write books about the political language of our time. I keep trying to steal the language of our time away from politicians and those talking heads on CNN and Fox. I want language back, into the realm of the writer. So when the politicians go on about “minorities,” I want to steal the word back. When the politicians talk about “borders,” I want that word.
This time around I thought about Rodriguez’s words in the context of my own book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. I am an evangelical Christian. I want to steal the word “evangelical”–the Gospel, the “good news”–back from the pundits, politicians, and talking heads. Perhaps Believe Me is an attempt to do this. I need to give this more thought.