For months now I have been watching the GOP nomination debates, and media circus. I have finally come to a frightening conclusion. Donald Trump could actually win the nomination. I personally do not think he has much of a chance beating Hillary Clinton, (who I am confident will be the Democratic nominee, barring an FBI indictment). His petulant, immature, hostile, and grandiose style may appeal to many of my fellow citizens, but to me he is just a bully. If he can't deal with criticism from Megyn Kelly or FOX news, what would a Trump presidency look like? Well let's just say it would make Barack Obama appear to have been the most compromising and conciliatory President ever.
A President Trump would rule by fiat as an almost virtual dictator. Executive orders would spew out of the White House daily. He doesn't like President Obama's executive orders, not because he opposes his ability to make them; it's just he thinks he will make "smarter" ones. He has never said he wants smaller and less intrusive government. He just wants one that is smarter and of course he is the only one to accomplish this. Another populist President, Ronald Reagan, came to Washington thinking he could shrink and change it also and that didn't turn out so well. Trump thinks he can change Washington because he can't be bought. Maybe not; however, the reality of that is he can do whatever he wants in the name of "the people" on any given day, and not be held accountable short of impeachment. And he wouldn't care if the GOP lost Congress or is mortally wounded in the process as a result of his narcissism. It would indeed become an imperial Presidency, the exact sin that most of the right accuses Obama of today. Trump says he buys people, they don't buy him, but just imagine how much he could "buy" with trillions of dollars in the US treasury.
To date Trump has insulted more people and groups then Don Rickles, (and if you are too young to remember this comedian, look him up). He makes fun of physically challenged reporters and then lies and says he didn't. He loves people one day and then like a spoiled third grader, berates them as stupid or a loser the next day should they dare to even question his motives. He lies with impunity and brags that he could actually "shoot someone" and his supporters will still love him. With the Iowa vote only a few days away we'll see. He could lose Iowa, win New Hampshire and South Carolina and then sweep enough electors to win.
If he wins and has to face Hillary one on one, it won't be pretty, but it would be entertaining. He won't be able to drop out of a debate on a whim, or could he? What is the source of this man's popularity? I don' think it's a mystery. After years of politically correct speech, a majority of our citizens have had it with a President who won't say "Islamic Radicals" or keeps calling ISIS ISIL for unclear reasons. They are tired of listening to him tell us "that's not who we are," when a majority us don't think, "he is what we are." They are tired of hearing that climate change is the country's number one threat and that guns cause mass shootings. In short, they are fed up. And when people are fed up, they will turn and listen to the most shrill and confident voice, even if that perosn is a bloviating buffoon with a dystopian view of the world.
Trump would surely loose the black and Hispanic vote. But what if he could win enough independents, and Democrats who are disgruntled enough with the present discourse and progressive agenda? Now that might be an interesting campaign. I am hoping against worsening odds that it won't come to that, but like everyone else with political interests, am holding my breath and my vote. There is one thing I do know for sure. I won't be voting for Donald Trump in the Florida GOP primary come March. Heaven help us if he wins.