I have watched the political rise of Donald Trump over the past several months and must say that he caught all of the so-called political experts off guard. My wife Sara warns me not to write about politics, but I really can’t resist writing about “The Donald.” I find Trump’s rise to prominence in the political arena to be quite interesting and also quite scary. I sensed months ago that there was a great deal of unrest in our country and that lots of folks were unhappy with most all politicians and generally dissatisfied with both political parties. I also recognize that “negative stuff” sells well in the political arena and that’s been proven to be true on many occasions. Obviously, Donald Trump also recognized that unhappy folks will respond to negative messages so long as there is a little bit of positive material thrown in.
When the GOP primary campaign began, I really didn’t believe Trump would come on like he has. All of the experts said the leaders were Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, with several more candidates bunched together below the leaders. On the bottom rung of the ladder was Donald Trump. Nobody paid any real attention to Trump’s candidacy when he announced. Most of the experts said he was in the race to get publicity and have fun.
As I watched the first debates, I saw how unprepared the other candidates were to deal with Trump’s brash and self-centered political style. As the weeks passed, The Donald, with surgical precision, systematically eliminated his primary opponents one by one. I wonder how many folks can name all of the 17 candidates who started the race. I suspect very few will be able to do so.
Trump has no real regard for the truth – changes his positions on important issues on a daily basis – has no substantive policy – and during the GOP primaries, nobody challenged and exposed him. It’s been evident that Trump’s personal attacks on his opponents worked extremely well. Those attacks by Trump made the news daily and the real issues facing America were relegated to the background. Thus far, Trump has evaded close scrutiny, but I suspect that is coming and very soon.
It will be most interesting to list Trump’s initial positions on each important issue and then see how his positions have changed almost daily as the weeks passed. The only consistent feature of the Trump Campaign has been the candidate’s constant and relentless attacks on his opponents. As the primary season rolled on, it became very clear that all of the candidates – with the exception of Gov. John Kasich – were pretty much intimidated by Trump. Their campaigns floundered and eventually sank. The Republican establishment sat back, watched what was happening, and eventually realized that a candidate they didn’t like or respect, who started at 1 percent, was going to be their standard bearer. The party leaders appeared to be in shock and their efforts to derail Trump – which were disjointed and totally ineffective – actually made him even stronger with his base.
Trump’s attacks on his opponents always put a special label on them. Who could forget about “Little Marco” and “Lying Ted?” Trump made it apparent early on that Jeb Bush was dishonorable and too weak to be President. Trump also convinced folks that Lindsay Graham, a good man and a powerful member of the U.S. Senate, was nothing more than a lightweight. You will recall how the other candidates were labeled and how effective Trump’s attacks against them were.
Trump even compared Ben Carson, a well-respected medical doctor who aspired to be president, to a “child molester,” with absolutely no factual basis for the charge. Dr. Carson has now joined the Trump campaign, which I find to be very interesting. Then there is Gov. Christie, who tried hard to attack Trump, but with no success. He now – with a totally blank look – stands behind Trump at his rallies. I have to wonder what it took to get Christie on board. His deer-in-the-headlights stare at the rallies – always to Trump’s right – is sorta weird, but funny.
I have to wonder what Donald Trump’s label would have been if say Jeb Bush, an honorable and capable man, had used that tactic. I thought of a few possibilities for Jeb to use. For starters, how about “Dishonest Donald,” “Devious Donald” or “Dangerous Donald” or maybe even “Disastrous Donald?” Actually, I suspect most of you could do a better job of coming up with an appropriate label for a man with Trump’s most interesting background. Some who support Trump might say “Dandy Donald” or “Darling Donald” would be the proper labels for their candidate. But the real scary thing would be to hear the GOP nominee called “President Trump.” As they used to say in Clayton, “Who woulda thunk it?”
In any event, the fall campaign between Hillary and The Donald will be most interesting. I am convinced that neither candidate can afford to underestimate their opponent. To do so will be a major blunder. I sincerely hope that the general election campaign will be one run on issues rather than on personal attacks. Sadly, our country is as divided today as I can ever recall. There are strong feelings of “hate” and “ill will” around the country that are quite evident and also quite scary. Those feelings should never be the motivating factors in selecting a president. We badly need a leader who will be able to bring all of us together, unify the nation and be a real leader.
I sincerely hope and pray that the person selected in November to lead our nation will see the need to involve God in their decision-making process. What the next president does and how he or she does things is so critically important to America’s future. We are literally at a crossroads in our nation and we must take the right direction for the good of our nation and for all of the American people. We can’t afford to take the wrong road, and if we do, our nation will pay the consequences for years to come. We need a true leader, who not only knows how to lead, but will really lead our nation.
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