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Donald Trump. ‘Nuff said? Not quite. What is happening in the early stages of 2016’s presidential campaign has been terribly unsettling but somehow affirming. The mix of candidates in both parties offers voters a smorgasbord of frights and fixings about the future of our country.
The Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary have winnowed the rosters a bit and tightened the focus on certain issues, but the unsettling feelings remain. Washington and the White House await the people’s choice. Between now and November each candidate will pound lecterns and eardrums and noise their views about what this country really needs. Let those who have ears to hear – and minds to think – use them.
The issues are clear: medical care, social justice, racism, violence, immigration, voting rights, terrorism at home and abroad, foreign policy, the economy and, mostly unspoken, the future makeup of the Supreme Court. Need to add to the list? Do not forget guns, unemployment, veteran services and senior care…. These are not the best of times in America.
But democracy is thriving, at least philosophically. How else could any Donald Trump confront the white lies of political correctness, touching the nerves of the masses? What are his supporters hearing that others are missing? And what are his supporters missing in the man himself? Neither question matters at this stage of the campaign. What does matter is the current state of health of our democracy.
If any citizen of age can become President, Donald Trump qualifies. If the name of the game is money, he also qualifies. But why does he seem so politically incorrect for that position? What does he know about the workings of Washington? About the military? About the Constitution? Perhaps his only saving grace is that he knows how to say, “You’re fired!”
The strengthening of our democracy allows any Donald Trump, or an Abraham Lincoln for that matter, his say, and every voter the right to agree, disagree or ignore what they hear. While Donald Trump affirms that strength, he simply does not image, at least for this voter, what our democracy is all about.
This is not meant to be a political statement, an endorsement of anyone or a dismissal of Donald Trump. It is posing what this writer believes are politically direct and correct questions, knowing that, come November, democracy will have its way and the quick fixings of campaign rhetoric will disappear into the rabbit hole of Capitol Hill.