Politics has never been my thing. I know that it has a profound effect on many aspects of my life but I’ve never been able to bring myself to get into it. Generally, my only opinion on politics is that politicians only care about winning for their party’s interests rather than representing their constituents. However, I have recently and rapidly formed an opinion on politics because of one man:
The man is a racist, xenophobic jingoist. He’s a spoiled child in the body of an oversunned 60-year-old. He can’t take criticism or any kind of a challenge. He has the vocabulary of a 3rd grader. And he scares the hell out of me. Well, not so much him as the fact that he’s so popular. I don’t understand it. His supporters say things like, “He’s a Washington outsider.” and “We need a businessman not a politician.” The problem with both of those statements lies in the fact that we need someone who knows something about foreign policy and diplomacy. Trump knows nothing about that. I honestly believe if he were to be elected, our country wouldn’t last a year. And yet he remains insanely popular.
I think the most baffling part of Trump’s popularity is everything he’s gotten away with saying or doing. One such incident occurred a few months ago when Trump said he didn’t think that John McCain was a war hero because he “prefers his heroes not captured.” Think what you want about McCain but there’s no denying that he’s a hero. He was hung by his arms for so long during the Viet Nam war that his shoulders were permanently damaged. Beyond that, Trump is implying, for the sake of petty political squabbling, that POWs aren’t heroes. And somehow, his rightwing supporters let him skate on that instead of eviscerating him for having the audacity to belittle the sacrifices made by our armed forces.
Another idiotic claim he’s gotten away with is saying he’ll take 24-hours to explore any issue and know more than anyone on the subject. If I know anything about politics, it’s that politicians should have some knowledge of the situations they could face BEFORE they are elected into office. 24 hours could be too late. But that’s giving him the benefit of assuming that statement is even remotely true. It’s not. Much like everything else about Trump, it’s gross hyperbole.
And let’s not forget his campaign slogan: Make America Great Again. Let’s think about that for a second. Why does Trump think that America isn’t great? What does he think will change that? Actions speak louder than words and Trump’s actions have shown exactly how he thinks we can make America great for rich white guys like him. His first and only plan is to deport all illegal immigrants and build a giant wall along the Mexican border. And what was his justification for that? Illegal immigrants are bad people. Actually the specific term he used was “rapists.” Pretty telling if you ask me. Honestly, I think Trump’s slogan could easily be turned around on him and I hope that it is.
Here’s how I’d want it to play out. In a debate, someone (who is an actual politician) would say, “I like your slogan but I don’t like the sentiment you bring to it. You imply that we should make America great by getting rid of non-whites. I think we should make America great again by setting aside our petty partisan squabbling and grandstanding, reaching across the aisle, and doing what’s best for the American people, no matter their race, creed, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.” Cue raucous applause that doesn’t end until Trump hangs his head in shame, walks off the stage and quits politics forever.
God, if it were only that easy.