We should not blame Trump for the sad state of our politics. For an American political system with so many structural flaws and no strategy to fix it in sight, the presidential campaign of Donald Trump brings exactly the kind of politics we Americans deserve.
Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy was famously based on the adage “speak softly and carry a big stick.” Today, establishment politicians’ strategy for elections is instead to “speak softly and carry a big wallet.”
Donald Trump is no establishment politician. Nor is he the run-of-the-mill anti-establishment figure. He has after all identified with both major parties in his career and donated millions to politicians of both party affiliations.
What sets Trump apart is that he has managed to free himself from the financial constraints imposed by the country’s broken political process. With a supposed net worth of $10 billion, Trump does not need wealthy donors and fundraisers to support his campaign. As a result, the financial muzzle forced over the mouths of just about every other candidate is not a factor for Trump—he can and will say anything.
And if some Americans think “The Donald” is too out of line, others certainly think establishment politicians such as Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are too in line.
It is the allure of authenticity that allows Donald Trump to lead the polls. His bold and brash remarks may be out of the ordinary, but for many voters they serve as a refreshing rush of energy into an otherwise stale political environment. Voters would rather channel their energy into a campaign run by a bombastic billionaire than fall asleep to the politically measured and calculated remarks made by establishment politicians who speak through a filter dictated by finances.
Perhaps Trump is precisely the kind of shock to the system America needs. Trump may not be leading a violent insurrection—and we should certainly be thankful for that—but his wars of words demonstrate to Americans just how degenerate politics has become. By shaking up our democracy via the 2016 election he has provided us with a wake up call we desperately needed.
One of the best articles I have read in a long time, written by Arjun Kapur for the “Harvard Political Review”…the article is so worth reading and can be found >>>here<<<.
I am still politically active, meaning I still show interest and care about what’s going on, but I feel worn out and tired. Listening to the Presidential debate on the GOP side had me stocking up my wine fridge, because there is just no way I can survive another debate without a) either drinking or b) being heavily medicated, to make sure I can’t bang my head against the wall or c) crying.
Looking at the other side doesn’t give me much hope either. I feel like visiting a re-gifting party and feel the sensation of deja vu over and over. It’s like traveling back with a time machine. They are friendlier and I don’t need so much alcohol, just a steady pillow in my neck that keeps me from shaking my head for too long.
I am fascinated by the subjects the candidates have chosen so far in an attempt to get my attention and eventually my vote (yeah right).
“Immigration”, “Abortion”, “Taxes”, “War on terror”and last but not least the cry for a wall, to support our borders. Lots of hate is shown toward anything and everything. We the voters are suppose to be angry, too angry to sit down calmly and think.
We are supposed to make politics having our future in mind, the future of the generations behind us, but we don’t.
A contest called “Kids speak out” showed what children would expect from a President. It shows their main priorities and I like it, I like a lot.
We all can learn from them and I wish we would take the children’s wishes and dreams in consideration, because they will inherit the mess we are leaving behind pretty soon.
Close to 1,800 kids entered the contest by writing down the three things they would try to do first to make America and the world a better place if they would become President. The kids were between 6 and 14 years old and from 48 U.S. States as well as several foreign countries.
These are the results:
- Achieve world peace
- End hunger & poverty
- Help the homeless
- Improve education
- Protect the environment
- Lower taxes
- End prejudice & discrimination
- Get rid of illegal drugs and guns
- Stop littering
- End terrorism
I really think we should listen. They didn’t ask for war, deportation, walls and borders. They actually listed the things that are dear to me as well.
Time to cut the crap if you ask me, but nobody does. 😦