Seems like yesterday when the Republican Party primaries were just starting. There was a novel feeling about the whole process due to the presence of a candidate who added special color. And that guy was Donald Trump. I remember that back then a lot of Republican friends--and they weren't the only ones--making fun of me when I dared express my opinion that Trump would win the primaries. Some of them laughed and patted my back with a patronizing, "The Republican establishment will not let Trump represent it in the presidential elections of 2016" But...
But now it's August and the Republican candidate for President in the 2016 elections is Donald Trump. And, unfortunately, I'm afraid that he does indeed have a good chance of being elected the next President of United States of America.
For me it's remarkable how the largest segment of American society is not paying serious attention to the whole situation. You may have powerful personalities and opinion leaders from John Stewart to President Obama himself criticizing, mocking, and even angrily refuting Trump, but even they, if asked who is most likely to win the presidential election, offer the 'appropriate' answer. And, as an argument, they invoke common sense.
Unfortunately though, the situation is not like this at all and has nothing to do with common sense. What my fellows Americans seem to ignore is that Donald Trump is not a personality who having succeeded in society now suddenly decided to enter politics. The truth is that Trump is the American version of a global phenomenon. A phenomenon that discredits the political system and its representatives: the politicians themselves.
Trump is in the same league with people like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, the Greek neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn or Marine Le Pen. These are all politicians or political groups that they claim to represent traditional values but instead have core ideologies that propel humanity backwards. In fact, they are opportunists seeking to advance their own purposes by using people's frustration at existing global problems and the lack of solutions offered by governments around the world that voters had entrusted to govern them.
We are dealing with a generation of politicians that grew up couple of decades after the end of the second world war in a totally protected environment--something for which the people around the globe had paid a heavy price to attain. Their own blood. That generation created a strange elite that handled power like it had been inherited through bloodlines. And they used it for their own benefit and for a basic aim: retaining power forever without considering the cost. They even developed close relations with certain economic foundations for their individual benefit. That generation is responsible for the current situation and for the frustration felt by the most citizens in their respective countries. These elites had caused even greater damage: the discrediting of politicians in the eyes of younger generations along with the devaluation of political thought and action.
Opportunists like Trump are here to take down this generation. And their job is easy. They have to deal with the usual suspects, those who were born politicians, the same ones who were raised by the system to serve, protect, and preserve it. And we all know what people believe about the system. In contrast to establishment politicians, opportunists like Trump demonstrate their "political purity"--in most of cases a shining, successful social profile and the ability to turn every blunder to their advantage and excuse every misstatement they make by playing up the fact that they are not professional politicians but just honest guys whom life has taught to speak the truth and share their thoughts.
I dare say that Donald Trump wouldn't have a chance of winning the presidential election with Bernie Sanders as his opponent. But against Hillary Clinton, who is closely identified as a part of the political system and thus responsible for the current world situation, he has a good chance at winning .
Michael Moore, once again, is the one of the few commentators who has made some very solid statements about this. If you think that my thoughts don't add up, you can read Moore's analysis too.