What happens when a radically unique species is introduced into a 'stable' environment?
Truthfully, its hard to not appreciate ‘The Donald.’
Sure, he’s given vast amounts of money to the bad actors over the years, been a buffoonish character on the ‘tele.’ and has pretty much enjoyed cronyism in his business dealings over the years with great success. Normally, one might expect all of this to be objectionable to conservative stalwarts who respect common sense and real free markets.
Somehow, the largely forgotten weaknesses in the Trump character is conveniently overlooked as he lambastes the existing federal mess of allowing importation of criminals through our porous borders, as he pummels current foreign policy (specifically handling of ISIS and China), and all the while reminds us of his fabulous wealth. He is indeed a self reliant, self promotions artist.
“I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich”
And yes, yes he is. Even by Michigan’s ‘wooden shoe ghey mafia’ standards.
Donald Trump has been able to break through the hardened shells of ‘extreme right wingers’ conservative wall with nothing more than simple truths, said in such a way as to suggest that he wouldn’t fold on them like ‘snuggles the bear’ brand toilet tissue; something so easily accomplished by today’s milquetoast Republican sock monkeys.
Even when confronted with the audacity of his position with abortion-on-demand, many on the right still offer support for [at least] the boldness of Trump’s political incorrectness, if not the for man himself. A frustrated conservative might find it hard to not respect a person who can basically give the Republican establishment a well deserved middle finger.
In fact, Trump not only serves up the middle digit, but offers a full Italian one arm salute to boot. This is not really normal to most.
But does Trump really give Republicans a bad name?
Can one individual’s braggadocio glibness, coupled with a perceived callous insensitivity to illegals cause folks to see all Republicans as bad guys any more than the willful deceit and pandering that many politicos engage in to be elected? Can Trump’s history of support to Democrats, payoffs to politicians, and seemingly un-republican stances sour those who hold the grand-old-party platform dear?
Apparently so. For now anyhow.
As long as other Republican politicians continue to lie to their base and defecate on promises made, its hard for many of us to see the difference. And as a bonus, Trump is apparently now willing to challenge the legitimacy of the teleprompter reading, well spoken puppet who presides over our nation’s Military and foreign affairs.
However, conservatives and others will abandon Trump in a heartbeat soon enough.
Does anyone doubt that his approach to politics is not being assessed as successful in someways, and seen as a threat in the general election were he to then switch to a third party ala Perot? Add to this an insufficiency national support team populated by grass-roots believers.
Sure some ‘like’ the surprising candor, but will hardly be tied to someone they know in their gut has at some point stood for much of what they despise in government; specifically abortion, cronyism, and material support for the ‘enemy.’ To be sure, ‘grass’ doesn’t grow well in poisoned soil.
Trump’s effective role however, should not be diminished.
As a stopped clock has 100% accuracy at least twice a day, ‘the Donald’ has certainly hit on a couple of issues in a way that will not allow them to be swept under the rug by the pravda-like establishment media. Politicians and story tellers alike are all-of-a-sudden finding themselves in the difficult position of editorial responsibility.
Were it not for what is oft described “bloviating” by Trump, the criminality of illegal invaders from our Southern border would largely go unnoticed. Congress might well allow the president to craft a treaty in a manner never before allowed under our constitutional form of government; yet the need for some would-be commanders-in-chief to gain a place in the lime-light has bolstered much in the way of courage.
Trump is a necessary randomness in the great American experiment, yet at the same time an unlikely candidate. His resources will allow him to live a life of his choosing no matter the outcome of any single or multiple elections anywhere on the planet.
He has nothing to gain financially or otherwise by becoming president other than that a salve to his vanity. Yet this hardly makes him unqualified. His heartily expressed opinions have not been entirely wrong. His candidacy will likely riddle the race with truths never before spoken out loud; as political correctness generally (and usually with consequence) forbids.
And NOW, we might actually hear things in this election cycle from other candidates with new-found courage and straight forwardness, atypical of the pander fest usually associated with presidential contests. The smug, seemingly well financed ‘establishment’ candidates who are already wasting their energies attacking Trump miss the message that his entrance into politics carries, and will likely continue their Karl Rove style march to extinction; while the ‘others,’ who may be underestimated now will have opportunities to stand out.
Whether one likes Trump or not, it is undeniable that his entry into the 2016 presidential election will have, and has already had very real impact on the national dialogue. And it will likely affect downstream contests in unpredictable ways.
Such chaos can be scary to those who consider themselves to be reliable predictors of political contests. The ‘butterfly’ effect of a significant ‘invasive’ catalyst on a political race that has very real potential coattail possibilities can already be tremendous.
And what happens when the originating ‘butterfly’ is the size of a pterodactyl?