It seems to me, the meteoric rise of Donald Trump is indicative of a greater discontentment in the political leadership of the nation from the American electorate, than any individual virtue within Trump himself. The percentage of people casting a ballot has been dropping for decades. In the last few elections around forty percent of those able to cast ballots did so. That means less and less people are deciding who will lead the nation. As fewer people cast ballots, those people that do, tend to be zealots and are blinded by partisanship. As a result the political leaders pander to a smaller and smaller, and more and more radical segment of the US population, further fueling discontentment with the election process and our leadership. As our leaders become more radicalized the electorate becomes more angry at the direction and feel less powerful. Trump has tapped into that anger and dissatisfaction to fuel his rise in the polls. This shows how far off the rails the US government has got.
There are twenty percent of the population of any country that makes up the lunatic fringe. They have ideas and goals that are drastically different than the average person. Moreover that lunatic fringe can be counted on to go to the polls. They are more than happy to engage in vote fraud and even brag about it. They are so radicalized they become blind to reality. Since only around forty percent vote, and twenty percent are radical leftists that always vote, any politician who panders to that fringe has a guaranteed near fifty percent of the vote! As both parties cater to that lunatic fringe the more they alienate the people. The more the average man and woman feel the political leadership has abandoned them, on both sides, the less and less empowered and more and more disenfranchised they feel, and become even less likely to vote. That is why the republican party has not fielded a conservative since Ronald Reagan, who we were told at the time, was “unelectable.”
Issues that anger the American people are the very issues that the lunatic fringe feed off. The lunatic fringe wants a more pluralistic society, which means, less white people and more diversity. The means is unlimited immigration. To that end they want more of anyone who isn’t white, Christian and is a Marxist. Illegal immigration is just the ticket. The lunatic fringe hates Israel and the Jews, that translates into more support for fringe Muslim groups who advocate the destruction of Israel and the final solution. That same faction blindly love socialism, which means they vote for whatever candidate will regulate more, tax more and spend more. Abortion is a sacrament to the lunatic fringe. They see no problem at all with crushing a baby for spare parts. They have a deep antipathy for the US Constitution and it’s limited government and so they will torture logic to bypass and castrate it’s protections. All of which infuriate and frustrate the average American.
Poll after poll shows the American people increasingly believe the nation is going the wrong way. Favorability polls of Congress, the President and the Judiciary are in the toilet and swirling. As fewer and fewer people vote, while those that do are increasingly the lunatic fringe, and those who get elected pander to that fringe, the trend must get much worse. The political class has abandoned common sense for extremist views. The paradigm is further enhanced by the new class media claiming the twenty percent of the lunatic fringe is the mainstream, while those who make up sixty percent, are called extremists.
Trump has tapped into the anger by saying what should be said, but the political class is too afraid of loosing the lunatic fringe votes to say it. They quiver in fear of angering that twenty percent because they know the sixty percent cannot be counted on to cast a ballot. In fact, that sixty percent can be counted on NOT to cast a ballot, so the political class scoffs at their views. Trump has changed the paradigm from pandering to the lunatic fringe to catering to the masses. Trump is a fighter who speaks loud and punches back when attacked. Unlike the political class cower whenever they are attacked by the lunatic fringe, with the exception of Ted Cruz who is possibly the most hated man in Washington today, for holding and standing up for actual American values.
Trump however is not a populist, he is not at all conservative and is in fact a member of the lunatic fringe. He has stated in the past he is pro amnesty, anti gun rights, pro abortion, anti property rights and likes cronyism. (Perhaps because he has made so much money from cronyism). His core values are far more in line with that of the lunatic fringe than the sixty percent. But, he is talking like a conservative libertarian. The media keep Trump in the spotlight and repeat everything Trump says like an echo chamber. They know and understand Trump is a progressive. Like John Anderson in 1980 election, Trump is there to ensure a real conservative doesn’t get elected. If he gets the republican nomination, the American people will have the “choice” of a progressive or a progressive. If he doesn’t he will become a spoiler and sap votes away from the republican candidate, especially if, God forbid, he or she is a conservative. The result will be, the lunatic fringe wins again, and the country continues down the slippery slope to oppression. The American people however have no one to blame but themselves… for not casting a vote.