With American politics swinging off the charts, we’re beginning to see the end of the primaries for the 2016 Election season. We’ve seen what the parties have to offer.
The Democratic Party, swinging to be somewhere along the lines of the 1960s Republican Party, has stationed itself with a somewhat establishment-esque base. We have the overall dominant Hillary Clinton a couple lines to the right of the Political Compass. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is a self-defined socialist, social democrat who’s considered an extremist without actually being that far left on the charts. Martin O’Malley, on the third hand of the Democratic Primaries, really doesn’t matter, at all. No, I mean it. Martin O’Malley literally shouldn’t even be mentioned anywhere.
Then we have the third parties that really don’t matter at all, even less than Martin O’Malley. We have Gary Johnson and John McAfee, eccentric and perennial do-nothings that won’t receive half a percent in the polls. Maybe even less than that.
Then we have the Republican Party. Yes, the party of names such as Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And Dwight D. Eisenhower. And Richard Nixon. And Ronald Reagan. And George Bush. Both of them… and now Donald Trump…
…well, would you look at that. The Republican Party really isn’t what it used to be.
If you actually look at the Republican base today, it’s fundamentally defunct. It is so far out of touch with the voting base that it relies on propaganda and rejuvenating Tea Party lobbyists. The Republican base disagrees with basic science — disagreeing with Evolutionary theory, hating the idea of medicine in fear of autism, and being the only major political party on the face of the Earth that doesn’t believe in Climate Change. Controlled by establishment millionaires and filled with rural people who hate the idea of government, the Republican party has some major contradictions.
Many claim to be pro-life when it comes to the topic of abortion, yet the idea of declaring war to kill thousands or encouraging the death penalty apparently have nothing to do with life. They claim they’re for the working class, yet they’re willing to hurt the middle class. They claim they’re for labor, yet they’re against unions and working class rights. They claim America needs an education system resembling Common Core, yet they refuse to spend money on the school system. They think modern medical care is perfectly fine, but only if you can afford them. And today, with the nonstop attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it seems they don’t want people to afford them. Under a Republican government, they expect people to blindly follow. Under an Obama administration, they want to rebel.
So, it’s only fit that many of the 2016 Republican candidates for the Presidency are, in short, walking contradiction! Ben Carson, for example, was raised by a single mother in public housing. He was fed with food stamps, kept healthy with Medicaid, received his first pair of eyeglasses from state funded agencies, benefited from affirmative action to enter undergraduate school, used federal loans and grants from the federally funded PELL to pay off his student debt…. you get the point, right? But after all of that, Carson is against it all. He’s against food stamps, Medicaid, state agencies, public housing, government intervention with education (unless it benefits his religious beliefs), federal loans and grants… Ben Carson is literally against everything that kept him alive and got him to where he is today. How the Hell can a man like this be running as a Republican?
He’s not the only walking hypocritical contradiction in the race, either. Ben Carson is not an outlier, he’s the picture perfect example of one of them. Carly Fiorina, the female candidate who hates woman’s rights, can only showcase her history as a CEO when she was a pathetic, miserable failure who was fired by her stock owners at HP. Mike Huckabee, the man who claims to be so pro-life that he’d do anything to protect fetuses from abortion, apparently forgot the definition of pro-life when it came to his governing position on the death penalty. He put more people to death in his state as governor than the last few men to hold the position before him. Then we have Rick Santorum, who’s basically openly admitted tyranny was only a good idea if it worked in his favor when it came to his stance on the Supreme Court. Oh, and don’t forget Jim Gilmore (yes, he exists, and yes, he’s running), who’s for families having high powered rifles and guns because he’s a “parent”. The party seems doomed, doesn’t it?
“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” — Harry S. Truman
But out of all these names, one dominates the rest. In memorability, media, and (depending on who the Hell you ask at this point) the polls. A monster, one who scares the foundations of his own party. While Holy Doctor Ben Carson and Christian Elitist Looks-Like-He’s-One-Corndog-Away-From-A-Stroke Mike Huckabee will probably get somewhere between negative 8% to 2% in the upcoming polls, the biggest problem of them all will manage to swing polls to such an extent that his party will shiver in fear.
We all know who I’m talking about. Donald Trump.
The biggest hypocrite of them all, Donald Trump has managed to capture the attention of his political party through lying, arguing, and being a pompous, illiterate dumbass in debates and on social media. He and his staff have done some incredibly pathetic, horrendous, blatantly wrong throughout his overall mediocre campaign, yet he’s literally dominating the polls.
So, if the Republican base (those of establishment positions and our friendly corporate bastards like Mitt Romney) dislike Donald Trump, how is he dominating in the polls?
The Republican base has split itself. Those of the establishment do-nothings like Jeb! Bush (who’s so fucking unpopular he has to put the exclamation point in his name, because no one else fucking will) and Marco Rubio (the asinine “look at my haircut and not my plans” Senator who barely does his job) and a subsection of political whack jobs that like Donald Trump.
(For the record, both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are governing officials (one former and one present) from my state of Florida. As a Floridian who grew up under Jeb’s status of Governor and has been watching Rubio do literally nothing in the Senate, let me sum their policies up in one word for you: Terrible.)
Donald Trump’s campaign started off as a literal joke. Speeches made up of choppy, 4th grade level words and racist hatred that made everyone laugh. But now, as the primaries near closer and closer, this joke has turned into a horrendous reality.
While everyone felt secure in June, the rising popularity of Donald Trump has managed to severely damage the hopes and dreams of establishment campaigns who hoped to have been given the silver spoon of the media. But, for some reason beneath us all, the media seems to refuse to talk about anyone but “The Donald”.
People who target Donald Trump on the Republican side fall into oblivion. The establishment picture-perfect candidate of Jeb! Bush (yes, the exclamation point is important. How else would you know it’s time to get excited???) has managed to get even less media attention after attacking Donald Trump as the “chaos candidate”. However, people like Jeb! are clueless when it comes to actually attacking the man.
There are so many things Trump has done that could easily be bashed, but the establishment base is too afraid (or too stupid) to call him out on them. He’s put Morocco in videos campaigning against Mexico, he’s claimed to be for “making America Great Again!” yet outsources most of his companies in places like Mexico (ironic) and Taiwan/China. He’s said the stupidest things, such as how much he wants to sleep with his own daughter. He’s been, perhaps, the most sexist campaign for President in modern history. He’s definitely the most racist candidate since Strom Thurmond in the 40s and George Wallace in the 70s. His “Build a Wall” plan is horrendous, etc. I could keep going on for hours.
However, the GOP base has a hard time targeting Trump. They’re in full anti-Clinton mode, which means the party is trying to shoot past the first step of attempting to get into the White House this upcoming election. The anxiety is visible though, with public infighting between most of the candidates. Honestly, if political nobodies like Jim Gilmore and Rand Paul dropped out, the middle tier Republican candidates could possibly gain enough support to stop lashing at each other for that elusive ever-so-important eighth position at Iowa (sarcasm, of course).
Some people believe he’s a Republican Bernie Sanders — someone who can’t be bought by the establishment. But how does that even make sense? You’re going to elect a literal member of the establishment (a rich man who’s gone bankrupt four times but has managed to keep his money) to get away from the establishment? The only reason Donald Trump is using his own money is because he went to beg to the actual establishment base of the party to be a political puppet for their money. They rejected him, he got upset, and now he’s running a “I don’t like money in politics” campaign to shove his middle finger in their faces. The establishment didn’t like him to begin with because he’s literal trash. They’re afraid of Hillary Clinton, and they know Trump is incapable of leading the Republican Party to victory.
Honestly, none of the candidates have the capability to do so at this point.
Some people claim he’s “speaking his mind”. It’s a shame his mind is so damn racist, then. Again, Donald Trump’s “fascist-esque” incredibly anti-Hispanic and anti-Muslim campaign is quickly coming to the levels of Strom Thurmond and George Wallace. He’s been using political propaganda and divisions in culture to strike paranoia and fear into the hearts of voters, the one Republican thing he can do, apparently.
Some Democrats are just that anti-Clinton. They’d rather have an arrogant chimpanzee like Trump in office than Hillary in office. Sometimes that just boils down to personal hatred or a lack of trust between candidate and voter. Other times it is as simple as voters are+ listening to propaganda from the right. Some just believe he can’t be that bad. That’s mostly a lack of political knowledge.
Some people are literally planning to vote for Donald Trump for comedic value. They crave for a third George Bush era, but this time with an evolved internet that could capture every single moment of it. The chaos that could ensue are funny to that certain breed of sadists.
But, if you boil down to it, it’s good old fashioned racism that’s allowing Donald Trump to stay at the top of the GOP primaries. The Republican Party, virtually defunct after 2008, tried to rejuvenate its base by leveling to the Tea Party patriots. Over time, with eight years of anti-Obama hatred, the party’s creation has turned on them. They’ve bred a new political generation (made up of previous generations) of, in short, racists. Leaders of the KKK have praised Donald Trump, members of Terrorist organizations have used Trump in their recruiting videos, and the Radicals that have been born from this new Republican Party are rallying for whatever ignorant speeches Trump says around the country.
He’s rich, he doesn’t need the establishment. The media is obsessed with him, meaning he doesn’t have to spend any money on advertising. The Republican base is confused and lost when you boil down to it, and they’re unable to differentiate their desperate vote from someone like Trump and literally anyone else.