After a resounding win at the Nevada caucus, Donald Trump appears unbeatable. Donald Trump, the mogul, the reality television star, who lives in a gilded penthouse high above the lowly masses, has won over the American public with his crafty cult of personality and is favorably positioned to win the Republican nomination. In November, Mr. Trump might very well emerge President Trump.
In the beginning, many of us, myself included, did not take Donald Trump's candidacy seriously; we laughed at his campaign antics and viewed the Republican debates as comical entertainment. And then the unthinkable happened. Donald Trump steadily inched forward. He did not back down. He pulled out in front. People have become vocal in their support. For example, a cashier in my grocery store wears several “Trump: Make America Great Again!” buttons. Supportive lawn signs are sprouting up. A stranger I engaged in conversation fervently declared Trump a “man who tells it like it is.” Why, I wondered, do these people passionately support Donald Trump?
The answer came from Donald Trump himself when Fox News quoted him as saying, “I'm not an angry person...but I'm very angry about the way the country is being run.”
Anger, that of Donald Trump and the American people, fuels the Trump campaign. This I understand. This I can relate to. I'm angry, too...about violence in America, school shootings, slashings; I'm angry about taxes (especially my real estate taxes), the cost of education, and a university scholarship system that often shuts out the middle class. Health care makes me angry, as do disappearing pensions and government corruption. I'm angry when immigrants get better care than United States veterans. I'm angry that political correctness often usurps decency. I'm angry that the world I am passing on to my children is not as safe and wholesome as the one passed on to me. My anger sometimes leads to an initial, favorable reaction to Donald Trump's comments. But the man makes me uncomfortable. Pied Piper Trump seems reckless, divisive, vindictive, stubborn. Are these the qualities of a good American President? I just don't know.
Donald Trump is clearly an intelligent, hard working, accomplished man. If he wins the 2016 Presidential race, he might very well be a strong leader for our country. But Americans would do well to slow down, take a breath, and exercise caution. A political platform of anger is precarious; anger leads to irrationality and fear. Fear leads to judgment, impulsiveness, mistakes. Is anger enough to make America great again?