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Donald Trump - An Anti-Establishment Phenom

By:  Greg Allen   Special to GCN   8/2/15
 
Barack Obama recently visited Africa and the Prime Minister of Kenya told him:  “Don’t preach to us about homosexuality - we don’t want to hear it.”  With that said, the President took the opportunity to bash Mike Huckabee for his statement referring to the Holocaust and Obama’s policies concerning Iran.  Mr. Obama also went on to trash Donald Trump as well. 

When the President of the United States visits another country as a foreign dignitary it’s not too dignified to play politics and thrash the character of individuals in an opposing party when you should be a diplomat and lay those things aside for another day.

While in Africa, Barack Obama also said:  “I think I’ve been a pretty good president.” A majority of Americans would probably disagree. There’s a rating system that views the performance of all American presidents and Jimmy Carter currently brings up the rear. It’s a safe bet to say Barack Obama will slide behind Carter.

A friend of mine recently said he didn’t think Donald Trump was presidential material; is Barack Obama?  Obama didn’t have any real-world experience and it shows. However, he did manage to get elected President not once, but twice.  Obama’s credentials and background were never thoroughly examined and consequences have ensued.

There’s been a lot of comparisons made between Donald Trump and Ross Perot though.  I was around in the early 90s when Ross Perot ran as an independent against Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton. 

Perot drew 19% of the vote and many felt that the majority of those votes were lost by the Bush camp, thus handing the presidency to a Democrat.

Ross Perot was also a billionaire and he had some good ideas, but I’d venture to say the similarities stop there. 
   
Donald Trump is riding a wave of antiestablishment sentiment that’s transverse across America.  People are fed up with the federal government and politicians who are cozy with the status quo. 
  
Someone said a celebrity like Mr. Trump couldn’t get elected, yet, Ronald Reagan, an actor, did.  “The Donald,” as the press so mockingly call him, isn’t your run-of-the-mill presidential candidate.  He recently said on a Twitter post he appreciates the support of the Koch Brothers, but he doesn’t want their money and he can’t be influenced or bought.

Trump’s a billionaire who plans to self-finance his entire campaign.  Few in the world can do that, especially when it pertains to the capital needed to launch a successful national campaign.

Mr. Trump also retweeted a post by one of his followers on twitter that said Jeb Bush recently acquired roughly $100 million in campaign contributions from special interests.  That person also said those contributors will definitely want something in return and Mr. Bush is like any other politician who’s been bought.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, says he has no intentions of accepting special interest money and that he can’t be bought at any price. Trump claims he’s no politician and that frustrates many who want to control him.

The media has repeatedly tried to lessen Mr. Trump’s influence.  However, the more they try to do that, by using Trump’s statements against him, it seems to backfire because when the attacks come his poll numbers go up. That type of phenomenon has baffled the political pundits in Washington.  It would appear the general public knows something the pundits don’t.  Maybe they don’t understand how truly disgusted the citizenry of America really is.

Donald Trump was already a celebrity before he got in the race, but in a crowded field of seventeen he’s “Sucking all the oxygen from the room” according to several of his competitors. When I last looked Mr. Trump had 3.1 million followers on twitter and the rest of his Republican competitors weren’t even close to that.

I’ve heard many of the so-called political experts say government can’t be run like a business.  Why not?  It would be logical to assert voters are tired of slick politicians who promise everything and accomplished little. Maybe it’s time for a corporate CEO to take charge of the White House and downsize that inefficient governmental conglomerate along with its tentacles that squeeze every American.



Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly.  He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor.  He can be reached at
www.builderofthespirit.org or follow him on Twitter  @GregAllencolumn 
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