"I don't know what I finna lose after this. It don't matter, though; It's not about me. It's about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth, And yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” - Kanye West
I can see it now, the crowd roars as Yeezus approaches the stage, mike in hand, snapback on with the words “Still Makin Real Sh*t” boldly embroidered on the front. He drops a few lines off of his new album entitled “Kanye 2020” and proceeds to discuss his policies on American foreign relations.
As ridiculous as this scenario sounds, is this where American politics are headed? Are fame, wealth and popularity the only characteristics we require of the head of our nation? With the summer of Trump coming to a close, why has this shooting star not fallen like the media and GOP promised? Why instead of falling into oblivion does “The Donald” steadily shine brighter?
Everyone must admit at this point that Trump has a shot at the presidency. If events continue like they have, it seems as if this shot could very well hit bullseye. We may actually be placing leadership of one of the most powerful nations in the world into the hands of a man who repeatedly portrays himself as a racist, sexist narcissist. How is America ignoring these characteristics and continually giving Trump the upper hand in primary poles?
Trump is a brilliant businessman and negotiator; it is these characteristics that have aided him in his rise to the top of the stacked list of GOP nominee hopefuls. He seems to be able to turn every insult into a positive for his campaign, while at the same time tearing down another candidate.
For example, when Jeb Bush, another Republican candidate, attacked Trump for his former relations with Hillary Clinton, Trump quickly released a video showing Bush giving Hillary an award. Trump proceeded to explain why he, as a businessman, had no obligation at that time to any one political party and that Bush was actually the inconsistent one. Over and over again Trump has accomplished this spin move as he deflects negative remarks onto his opponents and garners an incredible amount of press through the process.
Voters are attracted to his frank attitude and bold oratorical style. This man seems to say whatever he wants to, a direct contrast to his overly politically correct opponents. Many Americans are tired of political correctness and career politicians who never accomplish what they say. Trump knows this and is doing everything he can to capitalize on this sentiment. Trump is also garnering votes from a portion of voters who believe that the American system is broken. These dissatisfied citizens recognize the ridiculousness of Trump and believe that he is what America deserves. While they normally wouldn't vote, many have said they will support Trump.
While there is an appeal to a politician who is not afraid to say what he means, what Trump often says is telling of his character and viewpoints. We cannot let ourselves ignore the negative characteristics of Trump as we are swept up in the shiny, outrageous and polarizing aspects of “the Donald.” This man has called Mexicans (in general) rapists, has stated that he would date his daughter if she wasn't his daughter, and said that “It doesn't really matter what the media write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” Do we really want a man who issues statements like these on a fairly regular basis as our standard-bearer to the world? Maybe 2016 will usher in a new era of American politics in which status, wealth and fame define our leaders, or maybe America will regain her senses, evaluate each candidate's entire person, and wisely steward the republic that our forefathers entrusted to us.