Recently I have been questioning why Donald Trump is leading in the polls? Listening to the outrageous rhetoric every week is nearly similar to listening to a child have an irrational temper tantrum. What is most interesting is that Trump appears to have a broad support in what he is saying. I have tried to grasp why he has such a large following. I think in part to us; Americans are growing tired of terrorism in general. After all, it was terrorism that brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York. However, most interesting is that domestic terrorism seems to have outpaced international terrorism. For example, school shooting rampages, abortion clinic bombings or shooting not to mention continued GLBT crimes are still out there but not being reported at the same rate or provide a different marker to identify those crimes as terror related.
Clearly, when Trump speaks, he turns off any filter of his delivery and language. I think this is what is making him so attractive to the social media world. Social media and news media today are filled with buzzwords or headlines with little support to the facts. In fact, most of our news appears to be more entertainment based than credibly reported the news. This is where I think Trump has seized to moment to rally a large group of people. If you ever listen to Trump speak perhaps you should listen to a bit carefully to understand how he gains support. For example, Trump wants to build a wall along the Mexico/United States border. Trump provides no details on how to create it, time frame or any details on the program for the exception that Mexico will somehow have to pay for it. What is remarkable is that many Americans support his idea without any supporting claims except outlandish or disturbing comments such as “it should have been built long ago”.
Personally, I think Trump is attempting to rally Americans just tired of terrorism, outsourced jobs, undocumented workers, politically correct language and a weak economy. The notion that Trump will fix any of these areas is something that a vast majority of his supporters think will magically happen if Trump is elected. Perhaps Americans are so disenfranchised about our stale and stagnate political system is that Trump may fire Congress for getting in his way. This is because we as Americans for too long have been exposed to reality television programming that is not the actual reality of how things work behind the scenes.
The bottom line is that Trump cannot fix any of the domestic affairs set before Congress and the American people. This would take compromise, and that word alone is why we are in the mess we are in today. Trump is CEO of a rather successful corporation. Like Trump or not you must admit he is successful and very entertaining to watch. However, this is not the level of diplomacy and entertainment by Ronald Reagan standards. Reagan at least was governor of California before becoming president. Trump has never held any form of public office. Reagan had a natural appearance with carefully selected words and a script to address his audience. Trump never stays on script and sounds like a first-year college student presenting his political science class presentation without preparing notes or fact cards – or reading the Constitution. However, we watch and either clap, nod our head or shake in disgust or disbelief.
Trump may be a fad for politics, but he reminds me of Sarah Palin in some respect. She was very unfiltered in the middle of her campaign. After the McCain/Palin election, she became just as unfiltered as Trump, and she still has a rather loyal following today. I think that is where we are in politics today. We do not care about the facts anymore before perhaps we are too tired of trying to locate credibility in the process. Americans are tired of wars, terror, and diplomacy in general. At least that is the feeling I get. This is why perhaps we do not care anymore because politicians will do and say anything to grab a headline. After all, it provides a huge level of entertainment.