As 2015 comes to a close we should give serious thought to who should become Commander in Chief of the United States post the Obama-age. The US will require concise and direct leadership. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime is mirroring that of the Cold War era and the relationships between many Middle Eastern nations and the U.S. are strained.
With these pressing issues bearing down upon our country, there is one thing that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on: the next four years can potentially make or break the United States. Currently, the House of Representatives is dominated by Republicans and the presidential polls mirror that. Because of this we should be extremely afraid of one candidate in particular: Donald Trump. Despite his racist, classicist, and divisive spewings from the public stage, he has remained consistently at the top of public approval for those who consider themselves conservatives.
The rationale for this questionable and stark reality vary. Some stipulate that he is popular because he isn’t a politician. Often there is a negative connotation and stigma associated with that job title. When some hear the word “politician” they instinctively assume the term is synonymous with pejorative terms such as “robber baron”, “liar”, or more colloquially “immoral slime ball”. Sadly, Trump represents these ideals inherently. He makes irritating displays of ad hominem on the public stage, but demonstrates nothing to back up any of his claims. Rightly so, he criticizes his opponents for not answering any of the questions or issues that are presented before them, but he makes no effort to do so himself.
Others speculate that he has bought power or used his influence to attain popularity illegitimately. Regardless, Americans should question the implications of electing a man who stands not for the ideals of fairness and the well-being for all in this country, but for the proliferation of bigot-based ideals that should have no place within the White House or any other sector of government. A larger question remains: does Trump’s popularity within the polls reflect badly upon him or does it reflect the true nature of some United States citizens. The 2016 elections are approaching and Americans will need to have that question answered. Our future depends on it.