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One message being made clear during this primary season is that it would be wise not to underestimate the growing discontent and angst of the American people. Exit polls from recent primary voters confirm a high degree of dissatisfaction or downright anger. Politicians are not held in high regard. If you want to know how America views Washington you only need to watch an episode or two of the popular Netflix TV series, House Of Cards. Politics is a snake pit where lies and misdirection run wild and an election is one of the few forums where people can make their anger heard. On February 17th a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted after a combative debate performance claims that support for Donald Trump among Republicans has declined in leaving him slightly behind Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for GOP presidential nominee. Trump has since battled back and whether the polls were wrong or voters taking a second look at Cruz simply rejected him is a matter of opinion.
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Past polls showed that if the primary had come down to a head-to-head choice, both Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio could beat Trump by double-digit margins. To some voters, all this Trump bashing was interpreted and reeked of the media and establishment politicians again trying to control who is eventually elected. Visions of prior races quickly come to mind and with the memories a picture of a powerful media that makes or breaks a candidate at will. Leading up to 2000 Bush was heralded as a smart capable leader. More recently most of us remember how Obama was portrayed as someone capable of healing the nation and bringing about change, he was the force that would bring us together and get a dysfunctional Washington back on track. Ironically, by the time this primary was in full swing, it is no longer a compliment for Marco Rubio to be dubbed by some as Obama 2.0, a reference to his skills to bedazzle us with a clean reasoned message.
During the last Presidential election, we all remember how Mitt Romney was ridiculed for stating in a closed door meeting the simple truth, "There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Romney spoke the truth but offended those demanding we be politically correct, but it is important to remember politics makes strange bedfellows and Trumps proven record of negotiating skills should be able to exploit this. Note the irony that both Trump and Sanders are against the recent trade deal and see it as exporting jobs to distant lands, many Americans would love to see a situation develop where something gets done with both parties working together.
The path before Trump is still long and even if polls show he has large dis-favorable ratings most likely he will be running against the person he has dubbed "crooked Hillary" who is equally disliked. Race and gender will play a role in this election, but they always do, but many working Democrats and swing voters have indicated we are on the wrong path. Trump has run a campaign spending far less than his competition and it speaks volumes as to how he would run the government and cut waste. Trump understands America must have a strong economy to remain a world power, Hillary does not. Expect a great deal of effort will be made to portray Trump as unstable or dangerous and as a man who cannot be trusted with control of America's nuclear arsenal, however, we should remember Trump has far more to lose by unleashing these forces than the average American. The truth is rich people do not like to blow up their own property, meaning nuclear war would cost him plenty. Between these two flawed candidates, I as an Indiana voter choose Trump.
On occasion over the years like many people I have considered running for public office because of my frustration with how poorly government functions and the outright corruption or should we say crony capitalism that has flourished. It may be that I'm simply too busy or that looming in my mind are images that I would never pass the litmus test of pandering and political correctness, also I would not do well in an environment where I would have to deal with all the clowns we have placed in public office. The fact is I like responsible, self-reliant, people and find it difficult to pander to those who constantly ask for more and more help. Bottom-line is that whatever we do "it ain't enough" to fill the needs of those wanting more.
Footnote; This is not a full fledged endorsement or a declaration of love for Donald Trump, but rather the solid recognition that he would not be the most illogical choice American voters have ever made.
Footnote #2; A similar version of this article ran on February 24th under the title, "Trump Must Start To Provide Specific Plans, Or Should He?"
Footnote#3; A must watch for anyone supporting Trump is the hilarious comparison of Trump's speechs to those of Hitler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPAVj8NCt8I
Bill Maher Translate Hitler Speech & It Sound Like Donald Trump March 4th, 2016 (HBO)