February 22, 2016 By Arch Kennedy
More and more it looks like people are getting aboard. I have never seen anything like it in all my life. Who would have thought? But then again, who would have thought we would be uttering the words President Ronald Reagan in 1940 when he was winning “one for the Gipper“? Times change and so does the political landscape.
I have to say, in the beginning of this campaign season, Donald Trump was comic relief and I didn’t take him too seriously. He made outlandish statements and we all thought…at least he is bringing important subjects to the forefront!
But he stayed ahead through Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and we began to realize Trump is for real. He isn’t going anywhere. So why is this? He is consistent and he is consistent on big issues that matter to a lot of Americans. Immigration, the economy, and islamic attacks are the biggest concern for American voters today. And The Donald is the only one that makes us truly feel secure that he will handle these issues.
He has his haters to be sure. But where is the hate really coming from? Are we letting our feelings get in the way here? Is he too harsh for our taste? Obviously the “tone” is not a problem for many. He continues to soar in the polls ahead of the other Republican candidates. And look at his website. All of his positions are strong conservative ones. So my opinion continues to evolve on this “phenomenon“. I mean, how many people have you seen literally change the landscape of a whole political party?
Another big reason for his success is that he is beholden to no one. I think Americans are really tired of career politicians and feel that they are completely out of touch with their constituents and simply follow the money. I heard a friend say the other day, but, how can you trust Donald Trump? He was a liberal for years and he has no historical political record. Hmmm. Well, I would answer that we knew everyone else’s record and look at the mess we are in! And finally, on questioning his conservatism, I would ask…is it not conceivable to go from moderate liberal to moderate conservative?
Now you are probably thinking I have gotten a ticket for the ride. Not yet, but I have to tell you, I like what the man stands for on the big issues and he has been consistent on them from day 1. Will he hold true to his word? Who the heck knows? How do we ever know that with ANY politician will? I will continue to watch and learn and go with my gut.