The Donald Trump phenomenon really has little to do with republican versus democratic politics. His unexpected and meteoric rise in the polls among republican hopefuls can be attributed to four elements:
1) He’s super rich and (conceivably) cannot be bought.
2) He confronts issues no one else in politics is willing to risk.
3) He’s a proven commodity by virtue of successful business savvy.
4) He’s not a product of politics.
Billionaire, Ross Perot, ran on a third party ticket in 1992 and garnered 19 percent of the vote, and that was after a decline in the polls from dropping out of the race temporarily. Had it not been for that, he may have won the presidency. Perot’s appeal was much the same as Donald Trump today, candor, confrontation, guts and independent wealth.
Americans are sick of politics-as-usual, with candidates essentially bought-off by corporate lobbyists, campaign donors, unions, special interest organizations and ethnic voting blocks. Like Perot, Trump’s straightforward, undiplomatic style is refreshing to millions of potential voters, especially when he dares to direct his attention toward China and Saudi Arabia as major problems in the world that soon need to be resolved to secure America’s economic future.
He points out: America First. People like that. Trump makes no bones about the need to return jobs to Americans instead of Taiwanese, Filipinos and Indians, and to reinvigorate the manufacturing industry here on our own soil. He talks about securing borders and curbing illegal immigration which past presidential administrations have failed at miserably. He has fresh ideas for eliminating the debt, including a special tax on rich, a democratic stand. Despite his party affiliation, he openly excoriates the republican Bush administration for pitfalls which helped to lead America to the sad state of affairs we now experience.
Political correctness be damned, Trump claims that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should be over with. America should regain global respect and confront our would-be enemies from a position of strength. And, we should not be appeasing dictators.
While Trump talks about a myriad of issues and ways to confront them that are different than the same-old rhetoric, the media chooses to showcase his stand on the current president’s refusal to produce certified evidence that he was, in fact, born in America. This is an example of one man willing to say aloud what most people are thinking, but don’t dare ask because of the dreaded label: Birther.
A recent NY Times poll found that 57 percent of Americans believe Obama was born in the U.S. Translated, that means 43 percent have doubts… about the legitimacy of our own president. That’s worth clarifying, which the president could choose to do, but does not.
I don’t know if I would vote for Donald Trump in 2012, and neither do most. Egomania and flamboyancy isn’t a good trait for the Oval Office. Then again, what human being would ever want to be president who doesn’t have a huge ego? But democrats and republicans alike would do well to take his candidacy serious, because people will gravitate to a political prospect who doesn’t talk out of two sides of his mouth, as most politicians do.
That’s the attraction.
Here’s a couple articles that clarify Trump’s stand on issues: