I confess that I am captivated by the rise of Donald Trump, and wonder just how much this reflects an admiration for him as opposed to a disgust at everyone else. I think the prospect of a Hillary vs. Jeb Bush contest must have something to do with it, but let’s just look at Trump by himself. The guy is an entrepreneur who built up a business empire on his own, who early on cut through red tape to build the Central Park skating rink, and who since then has made his way in spectacular fashion. What’s not to like about that?
Then there’s his flamboyance. I’m supposed to think that that’s a vice, when I contrast him to some of the gray characters in the Republican Party? Look, there’s something to be said for entertainment value.
As for his feistiness, again that’s supposed to be a vice? Funny thing is that, in his willingness to speak his mind and his passion, he reminds me more than anyone of John McCain and the 2000 “Straight Talk Express.” Remember when the weak sisters were telling us that McCain had anger issues? Hell, we were surrounded by mild people who were apt to say “but I see value in that too!” Anger can be refreshing, especially when there’s something to be worked up about.
That’s mostly why I like Trump. We need a turnaround, badly, really badly, and he’s one of the few people who seem to get it. Not Bush, not Rubio, sadly not McCain. He understands that Obama has taken the country in a seriously dangerous direction, and that the barriers to mobility have made this a class society.
I can’t wait for the debates!