Yesterday I was going back through some of my posts from the end of 2015, the beginning of the disastrous 2016 election campaign, as I was looking for something specific. During my search, I came across a post from 27 October 2015 and I decided to repost it this morning, as it should be good for a few laughs and a whole lot of head shaking. Most of you began reading my blog after this post was published, so for most it will be new material, and you will ask, “How could you have been so wrong, Filosofa???” Trust me, I am asking myself the same question. The original title of the post was …
Trump Supporters? Where???
The Donald Trump that some 20% of republicans seem to love is loud, obnoxious and bombastic, which leaves me scratching my head and wondering just what that says about those who claim to support him. But the bigger question I have is this: where the heck ARE those 20%??? I have among my friends, relatives and acquaintances many republicans, and not a single one of them can even tolerate Trump, let alone support him. To a person they agree with my assessment of him as a clown, a joke, a narcissist, take your pick. In addition, I am an avid reader of op-ed pages in many of the major, mainstream news media, and have yet to read a single opinion by political analysts, editors, writers or voters that support Trump or his inane ideas. So, I repeat the question, who are these people who have elevated his poll numbers and where are they hiding?
Until now, I have left Trump alone and not written about him except in response to an op-ed in the New York Times, for a number of reasons. The main reason is that I do not think he or his candidacy is actually worth wasting my time or effort. The second reason is that the man is so wrong on so many issues that it would be impossible to discuss them all in a single post. Third, everything there is to be said about Trump has already been said by people far more qualified than I. Lastly, I get a nauseous feeling every time I hear his name or see his picture. But alas, I decided to join in the fray for two reasons, the first being that I think there is danger in allowing his rhetoric to go unchecked. The second is that I heard him say that he “just doesn’t get it” that Ben Carson has edged above him in the polls. What is there to “not get”? Though I do not consider Dr. Carson to be a viable option to govern this nation, I will at least give him credit for intelligence (although not when it comes to politics, government and foreign policy), being soft-spoken (very refreshing after Trump’s in-your-face ranting persona) and for not lowering himself to the petty criticisms and attacks on his opponents for which Trump is so well-known.
Trump, in crowing proudly about his poll numbers has forgotten a couple of salient points. First, the election is more than a year away, and early polls are rarely an accurate predictor of the eventual outcome. Second, neither he nor Dr. Carson nor any other republican candidate have anything remotely close to a majority. Third, the Republican Party is only one of the two major parties in the nation and there are some 42% of eligible voters who are not committed to either party. There are two strong contenders in the democratic field, both of whom have distinct advantages over both Trump and Carson. First, they both have experience in policy-making and governance, and secondly, while the republicans have been conducting a circus, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been seriously speaking about issues that matter to the American people, issues such as jobs, the economy, minimum wage, climate change and the environment, the gun lobby, the Iran nuclear agreement and more. Whether one agrees with their opinions or not is not my point. My point is that at least they are discussing issues, things that matter to “We the People”, and doing so with knowledge and experience, without mud-slinging and name-calling, and giving the voters an opportunity to actually consider their viewpoints. Now, what Trump, Carson and every other republican candidate need to realize is that whoever ultimately gains the GOP nomination will need to convince a fairly large number of voters outside the republican party that they are the best person for the job, and in light of the current circus-atmosphere, that is likely to be a very tough sell.
All of which brings me back to my original question: where are the people who supposedly support Trump, the people who have kept his poll rankings in the 20% range for a few months? It is to be hoped that over the course of the next twelve months, the American people step back and look at the bigger picture, that they do their own research into the issues and weed out the candidates who can only bring disaster to our nation. Trump has made the claim that “our country is going to hell”. Despite numerous social and economic problems, our country is a far cry from “going to hell”. We still have more going for us than working against us, and I believe that the citizens of this nation still hold basic values of caring, compassion and humanity. Why would anyone want to vote for a candidate that doesn’t even believe in his country?