As a non-American, I am always amazed at how much money, time and effort Presidential contenders of one party spend attacking one another and not the opposition party. Seems to me that each party creates more adversity for its own candidates than for those of the opposition.
It does not seem to matter which party is in power, whether it’s a campaign to prevent the re-election of a sitting president for a second term or a new president.
This year’s spectacle is a little different on three counts:
- The number of contenders for the Republicans.
- The sole candidate for the Democrats.
- The level of support for Donald Trump.
This is not a political blog, this post is not about the merits of any of the candidates or either party.
It is to ask why one of the supposedly least likely candidates is leading in the polls with almost double the support of the two nearest and three times that of most of the rest of the field.
The Washington Post poll on 17 July gave Donald Trump 24%, Scott Walker 13% and Jeb Bush 12%. The rest 8% or less.
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It is easy to see what it is not, not his hair style, not his charming manner, not his tactful speeches, not his political platform nor his thoughts on foreign policy.
Somewhat more difficult to define what it is. Here are my thoughts:
- He has overcome adversity in his own life – almost losing his business empire.
- He is not politically correct, not afraid to attack sacred cows – illegal immigrants and war heroes.
- He speaks his mind – has the courage of his convictions.
- He has succeeded in several difficult businesses where many others have failed.
- He is a maverick, does not follow the herd, marches to his own beat, his own man.
Love him or hate him, he is certainly different.
Will his recent attacks on John McCain see his support drop, will he continue to lead the race, get the Republican nomination and become the next President?
Would he be a good President for the USA?
I have no idea. But I do know that he is stirring things up for the party and the electorate.
His popularity is another sign that the pendulum has swung too far, that there is a rising level of support for someone bold enough to say what he thinks, speak about topics that most politicians are too afraid of. Support for someone who has overcome adversity, succeeded by being strong, saying the things that need saying and taking action.
Some of the values that made America great but are now being swamped by political correctness and a generation of politicians trying to please a society gone soft.
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