I feel compelled to say something short about Donald Trump. I don’t know why, but it might have to do with the endless number of ‘hit’ pieces in most major news papers. They almost never disparage his policies or discuss his actual qualifications for running the government. If Mitt Romney’s success in business was one of his talking points, then how is it that Donald Trump’s success seems to be a major point against him? Because it was in different, somehow less respectable industries: commercial real-estate and entertainment? Was the fact that Mitt Romney was a Bain man superior to a self-made billionaire who built his own company? We all have ups and downs, Trump’s were just bigger because (as he would phrase it) “he played on a bigger level.”
Pundits are also focusing heavily on why Trump is getting so much electorate attention: because of a general feeling of anger toward career politicians and a feeling that the current GOP establishment has done nothing to halt the march of progressive machinations. Or so they say. It’s true: people are pissed off, especially the political right who feel deeply disenfranchised and unrepresented by their government.
Maybe the political chattering class should focus on why Trump is less fit for the presidency than his colleagues. Maybe they should ask him questions about his policies and ideas instead of trying to get sound-bites from him in attempts to cast him in a poor light. I think the rises of Trump and Sanders to the degree they have indicates something more fundamental: there are a lot of people who don’t understand how the world works (Sanders) and a lot of people who want it to work in a well understood way (Trump). Trump made himself successful because he is smart. You can ignore that fact, but its true. He works in industries people understand. He says government is ridiculous. People agree. There are simple facts. Maybe his policy is to reduce government back to a level of acceptability and maybe that’s what the dispossessed GOP voters want. Maybe Trump and Sanders, working from different ends of the political spectrum, have reminded people that government should work for them. The difference is then ideological: Sander’s supporters believe government can solve problems; Trump’s supporters think it is an anathema to a free society.
Perhaps the career politicians should think more carefully about why people support an outsider and then take on his ideas, not his personality.