Fletch, the last thing I want to do is impugn the reputation of scrupulous salesmen. There needs to be a different term, I guess. Salesman is taken by the Trump types, though – and they ain’t the types to give anything up, so they ain’t leavin’ – so I suppose it’s gonna have to be the honest ones who change, like sanitation engineers and domestic goddesses.
I wrote a long article about the Trump sales technique, which boils down to the basic motivation: “give me what I want, what I really really want.” Repeat. The bridge, tossed in for dynamic effect, is “you know you want to.”
I can’t speak for Canada, of course, but the honest salesman you speak of barely exists in the United States right now. Honesty is considered dishonest in the sales field, or poor salesmanship. In many ways, Trump himself is to blame for this. He’s the model for the aggressive, any means to an end salesman.
Trump tosses out perfect examples of his technique constantly, multiple times a day. It’s his rap, for lack of a better term. New Mexico Governer Susanna Martinez refused to endorse Trump, so he just said she sucks. Here’s the quote, from CNN:
“We have to get your governor to get going. She’s got to do a better job, OK? Your governor has got to do a better job,” Trump told his crowd in Albuquerque. “She’s not doing the job.”
That was Tuesday. Wednesday, under fire for his comments about the Indiana judge, he turned it around on, basically, the world. This is from the New York Times:
Donald Trump has some advice for panicked Republicans in Washington who are melting down over his most incendiary statements: “Man up,” the New York Times reports.
Said Trump: “Politicians are so politically correct anymore, they can’t breathe. The people are tired of this political correctness when things are said that are totally fine. It is out of control. It is gridlock with their mouths.”
The first statement, against the governor, is like saying “Johnny over there picks his boogers and eats ’em.” The second, against political correctness, is just personal opinion. I’m not a PC fan, really, but conversely I believe words indicate what people think. If you insist on bringing back past racial denigration, to me that means you wish the world was more racist than it is. Trump does this constantly, so I find it hard to believe he doesn’t want the world to be more racist.
Anyway, I use salesman to describe him because that’s the only word that works. Any other word would have to be explained to my target audience. Like jokes, essays are ruined when they have to be explained.