For this ‘would’ changes And hath abatements and delays as many As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;

This is an incredible obfuscation of language. First the “would” is vague so he’s nowhere near what he’s actually saying. And then he takes a vague thing and makes a whole story around it. This “would” which he hasn’t declared is now subject to abatements and delays – thousands or millions of them – as many as there are people in the world and also accidents. It’s really quite masterful cloaking of intent.

This might be a way to engage in the current political moment – the madness of the speeches. Just by focusing on the language, on the obfuscation or bullshitting or elaborating, the content does tend to lose its sting.

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