Barack Obama came into our lives with sudden force. His affluent supporters declared him a power to reckon with. He was concurrently the anti-Bush candidate and Hillary spoiler. His campaign slogan offered up change we can believe in. The mainstream media got behind him never breathing a word about his background which was fraught with ominous signs of things to come. The Republican party wimped out putting forward two terminally bland candidates, McCain and Romney, who didn’t possess a modicum of the personal magic needed to uproot an electrifying man like Obama who (by the way) has proven to be a threat to our way of life.
All of this felt like a betrayal from both parties, but there was more to come.
Donald Trump emerged seven years later. He materialized with charismatic force because of dissatisfaction with our political system and Obama in general and the Republican party in particular. Republicans again betrayed their electorate by expending little effort against Obama despite the congressional power given them. Their failure to execute dramatically changed the mood of our country. Instead of fighting the increasingly leftist Democratic party, they appeared to be in collusion with them. Though dismissed by the conservative-establishment Trump surprised everyone. His poll numbers soared and then soared even more. Rush Limbaugh describes Trump as the first to tap viscerally into what Americans are feeling and living. Trump’s strategy has been transparent and impressive.
Much in the same way, Obama impressed the people in 2008 except his beliefs were predicated on evil. Few knew because he was the protected media darling. Trump’s ideas aren’t evil and similarly, he has uncovered a powerful undercurrent of discontent that has surged big. He’s a man with bravado who thrives on conflict but makes clear he wants America to be great again. His billions obligate him to no one which contributes to his appeal. The astonished conservative establishment threatened by his imposing rise fought hard against his popularity as if he were the threat rather than Obama/Hillary. Unlike Obama whose popularity was predicated on obfuscation, Trump, an open book, faces combined opposition from the mainstream media, the Democratic party and the conservative establishment who lament his progress while willfully ignoring the cumulative resentment that led to this swell.
Trump presents a revolutionary new approach against a faltering political machine that isn’t delivering. His popularity is no fluke. He resonates because the people are tired of the same re-packaged bought and sold candidates who perform predictably with disappointing results. The system isn’t working and the voters know it. He is different from the other presidential contenders because he confronts our concerns with strident assertions and tough talk that shocks the others. The more the establishment balks the greater his allure to the people.
For this reason, attacks from Jeb Bush are ineffective. These attacks are based on the old rules that don’t work anymore. The game has changed. Trump’s authenticity has caught fire despite the shameful conservative pundit and Republican establishment mutiny against Trump. Their disapproval defies public opinion because shabbily it threatens their status quo. Political change is in the air. Those threatened act out by disrespecting the people who boastfully reject their preferred candidate(s).
Has the splintered Republican party lost its purpose? Their brand is muddied without the grand old party focus it once had. Many now view the party as having diminished prestige and power. Along with that, the Democratic party is compromised by ideology and disconnected from its people. Skyrocketing gun purchases attest to citizen fear while Obama promotes pro-Islamic policies and an out-of-touch gun control agenda and global warming imperative. This is Obama’s focus, while our citizens get gunned down by unvetted terrorists with assault rifles who swear allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isil’s leader. Hillary thinks all this is fine. She’s an extended version of Obama who will continue to undermine the one-sided war declared by radical Islam.
Informed Americans have lost faith in our two party political system and want change. Things are falling far short of just about everybody’s expectations. Very little feels reliable these days.
Who best to take on this pervasive disillusionment and make the case to the American people? Hillary is a seasoned politician who thinks well on her feet and will prove challenging. It will take a tough competitor to confront her lies that cannot be justified given her collusion with all of Obama’s disastrous policies. Hillary lacks charisma and is not considered trustworthy or likeable – all decided deficits if exposed convincingly.
If her opponent is Trump, if Trump is treated respectfully and not forced out, he will be challenged on all his bombastic suggestions. She will paint him as a bigoted clown. He must be knowledgeable, stay on topic and take his message to the voters. He must present cogent facts about his proposed wall and border security, the radical Islamic threat which equates to World War III, the failure of Obamacare, our disastrous foreign policy and diminished military, the danger of sanctuary cities, prioritizing the safety of the American public and the refugee crisis inclusive of our second amendment rights, confronting our debt and economy. The overwhelming abundance of poorly handled issues by both parties speaks for itself. Trump’s unique stature could give him the nomination though there are hurdles to overcome both within and outside his party. Above all else and despite the spin, he has the ability to win a debate against Hillary Clinton.
To be sure Hillary will take the low road and attack whoever wins the republican nomination. Her record is deplorable. She has no other ammunition. Trump, if he is the nominee, will be forced to take the high road – a novel approach for him but one he can win.