Although I could not be any more disappointed that Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and has even a miniscule chance of becoming president of the United States of America, I am thrilled that he was able to beat down big money. It is completely exhilarating to know that all of the Republicans’ political leaders, the Republican elites and all of their big money combined failed to conquer Donald Trump.
It was The Donald against the world (of Republicans) and he won. And now – being The Donald, it is likely that just to punish those in the Republican establishment who worked so hard against him, he is refusing to make up with them, fall in line with their way of thinking and at least work with them to reach some sort of compromise. On the contrary, he is threatening to oust Speaker Paul Ryan as the convention chairman.
I’m glad that he exposed the long hidden agenda of the Republican Party, which is to stand up for big business, condone bigotry as long as it is covert, and keep their collective foot on the throat of the middle class. Although Mr. Trump did this for selfish purposes and not for the betterment of America, it will ultimately work to make Americans and America better because it will force us to take a closer look at ourselves and what we stand for.
While the Republican Party has long been the party of the rich and big business, Democrats are not totally innocent of aiding and abetting the demise of America’s middle class. Democratic politicians have been a bit more covert in their pandering to the rich and big business but they have done it for years and continue to do it now. It does not matter whether they do it only because they need to finance their reelection campaigns and feel that this is the only way to successfully do that or if they secretly share the same feelings as their Republican counterparts.
What really matters is that they lacked then and still lack the courage to stand up for what is right. That is why Senator Bernie Sanders is such a phenomenon. He went directly to the American people and thereby challenged the establishment in both parties by eschewing contributions from the political elites, rich and big money lest in return they expected to buy his support for their views. He wanted to avoid even the appearance of granting them the ability to constantly whisper their seductive desires into his ear while subliminally encouraging him to ignore the needs of those with little or no power.
What Senator Sanders has done has our elected politicians on the cusp of being forced to chose to transition from a government that serves the few (the rich and powerful) to one that serves all of us or to remain prisoners of our election system, which is fueled by money. The transition to serving all Americans might not be a quick one but, hopefully, Senator Sanders’ call for a political revolution will be quick to force politicians to choose as to whether they will continue to kowtow to the rich and powerful or work to hone our government into one that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people; a government that serves all Americans!
Although I stubbornly continue to support Secretary Clinton as the Democratic nominee and the person to become America’s next president, unlike those Bernie Sanders supporters who say ‘never Hillary’, I do not say never Bernie. And I encourage those Sanders supporters who are saying ‘never Hillary’ to drop that mind-set immediately; not just because it indirectly associates the Democratic presidential campaigns with that of the mess that the Republicans refer to as their campaign, but because it is divisive and creates problems for the eventual Democratic nominee – whoever that might be – to unite the party against Donald Trump in the general election.
Donald Trump is unqualified and unsuited to be the president of America. Like all of us, he has a right to his personal thoughts and views. But unlike ‘all of us’ who sometimes out of frustration and anger express our thoughts and views- if he were president, he could not freely express his but, instead, should be more cerebral and consider the fact that he represents all of the American people and should act accordingly. Then, if he decides to express any thoughts and views at all, his words should be measured and well thought out and the thoughts and views expressed should be those of a cohesive America.
Based on what has taken place thus far during the primaries, Mr. Trump is not capable of conducting himself in any manor other than that which he has already displayed. No matter how hard he might try, he cannot be presidential; it is beyond him.
Those Republican politicians who have committed to support Mr. Trump have a lot of soul searching to do based solely on the damage that he has already done to this country with respect to how America is viewed through the eyes of her allies, enemies and through the eyes of the world. If he somehow manages to become president they will have an even heavier burden to bear depending upon how he conducts himself while in office. He is completely unpredictable.
Yes, right now I am reveling in the fact that those who toss money at everything believing that it is king and can buy them anything that their hearts desire has been rebuffed. However, there is a grave danger – no matter how miniscule, that my revel could be cut short by The Donald being elected to become the 45th president of the United States of America. I’m not sure who would revel then other than The Donald. After all, it is all about him; right?
I wonder, who would have the last laugh; The Donald, maybe?
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line