CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 27, 2015 – The Donald Trump phenomenon is no longer possible to ignore. Love him or hate him, he has become a presence that, for whatever reasons, has captured the headlines.
At first it appeared to be nothing more than a publicity stunt by a braggadocio ego-maniacal billionaire with too much time and money on his hands. Now, with a double-digit lead over umpty-ump other Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump is a legitimate story.
Trump’s colorful say-what-he-thinks-off-the-top-of-his-head approach would naturally attract a drooling media searching for anything to avoid being forced to report about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton anyway, but The Donald may actually be signaling to other politicians, either by design or by accident, the true mood of the American people.
Consider the 2014 mid-term elections, a disaster for the Democratic party and the status quo. Then enter the Republicans who now controlled both the House and the Senate and nothing changed. It was “business as usual in Washington.” That is not what we, the people, voted for, and now Mr. Trump is demonstrating precisely that.
In a column by Wayne Allyn Root, writing for Personal Liberty, the author points out “the unholy conspiracy between big government, big business and big media.”
Says Root, “They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all and all for one. It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich – everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies.”
According to Root, what Trump has done is to magnify the situation to the point that Americans no longer trust anything anyone says in Washington, regardless of political affiliation.
Because of his wealth and ability to campaign at will, Trump has free reign to do his own thing without being held captive by lobbyists and outside influences. Whether or not that can hold for the remaining 15 months of the presidential race remains to be seen, but it could extend much longer than initially predicted simply because Americans simply want somebody to tell them the truth. Or, at the very least, the truth as a candidate honestly perceives it. Trump has done exactly that.
Fifteen minutes is a long time in politics, much less 15 months. The polls are generally meaningless at this stage of a race. It is the summer before actual voting takes place so people are not paying attention as they will a year from now. Even so, a double-digit lead against more than a dozen other candidates is impressive.
As Root points out, “Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help. That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slave masters.”
Even if his efforts ultimately fade into oblivion when the reality of a Trump presidency sinks in, the fact that he has exposed so many chinks in the armor of other candidates may make him THE force to be reckoned with in the coming months.
Certainly, when the debate season begins, ratings will skyrocket for networks who broadcast the Republican talk-fests. Trump will be front and center with the headlines. In that sense he has become the Tiger Woods of politics.
Realistically, Trump may be too much of a loose cannon to handle the daily crises that erupt during a presidency. For all of Barack Obama’s hesitation and “reviewing of situations,” Trump is 180-degrees the opposite, thus possibly making him too quick to respond.
Certainly his business skills, like those of Mitt Romney, would be a boon to the American economy, but the question is whether Trump has the appropriate temperament to deal with global issues. One could easily see The Donald telling Vladimir Putin “You’re fired!”
Somehow that won’t work in the international arena.
On the other hand, one can also picture Trump being relentless in exposing the myriad of scandals that have surrounded the Obama administration, including Obamacare, the IRS, Benghazi, the Iran nuclear arms deal and dozens of others.
What has Trump got to lose? If he wins, he has accomplished his goal, and if he loses, he goes back to making millions upon millions of dollars with an even larger reputation than he had before.
“Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved – just for fun. That will all happen on Trump’s first day in the White House. Who knows what Trump will do on Day 2?” writes Wayne Allyn Root.
No question Donald Trump is audacious. He is outspoken. He is also colorful. His ego is unabashed. And, in the end, he may, indeed, become the “Trump card” for the American people.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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