Want America Great Again?

The United States government was formed by successful business people. These people fought a monarchy to construct a country based on democratic principles. At the center of this new country was the idea that the citizens could govern themselves. They were not interested in a designated group to run the country as their job. Instead, these successful business people would volunteer their talents and time to the government. Many legislatures today still meet on a part-time basis. For example, the Virginia General Assembly meets during the winter to allow other time to be spent on each individual member’s primary occupation. Over a period of time, professional politicians developed. Instead of being independent business people, their sole responsibility is running the government. Voters today seem to be interested in non-politicians running for president, just as it was intended from the very beginning.

These political outsiders, such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson, are popular because they bring non-political talents to the presidential campaign. Trump, a real estate developer, and Carson, a neurosurgeon, bring perspectives to government that a politician cannot. This is similar to the founders of our government, who all had jobs outside of their government responsibilities.

Photo by: Eleanor Dillon

Photo by: Eleanor Dillon

In support of Donald Trump, I attended my first political rally at the Richmond Raceway a couple of weeks ago on October 14. With five thousand people inside and over two thousand outside, the rally was an overall success for the Trump campaign. The crowd was filled with people from various mixed backgrounds, ranging from old men in suits, young kids, people in jeans, to fraternity brothers, all waiting for Donald Trump.

Donald Trump’s campaign is not only mostly self-funded but incredibly strategic. The news media displays Trump as someone who speaks with a “foot in mouth disease.” News reporters and debate questions bait Trump to lash out; however, instead of the news being a problem, this shows how Trump is not a polished politician. To the American voters specifically, this demonstrates that he is not the insider that the people don’t want. Trump is not a politician; he is not given words to put in his mouth. The amount of attention he receives in the news, even if it may be negative, still awards him more supporters. There is no need for him to pay for advertisements because his unfiltered views give him the attention he needs. For example, claiming that President Bush was responsible for 9/11 seems ridiculous, but does it benefit Trump? Jeb Bush took time defending his brother, instead of focusing on his political views, and, as a result, went down in the polls.

Our country needs financial help. We are currently 19 trillion dollars in debt, “a number almost inconceivable” said Trump at the Richmond rally. Our government needs guidance from someone who understands what it is like to lose incredible amounts of money and recover. Donald Trump has been on the verge of declaring bankruptcy in billions of dollars of debt. He was smart enough to pull his business back to success. Now debt free, he recognizes that “this will be an election based on competence”.

Trump claimed at the rally he is a “people person,” and I would have to agree with him. In his business, it is pivotal to get along with people and to develop relationships in order to strike a deal. These leadership skills, which he has mastered, are not discussed enough. This background would allow him to handle foreign affairs with experience.

Trump does not like to use a script and deliver in a speech format. He can often be repetitive because he flows with his views when they come to mind. At the Richmond rally, he covered all of his views, from “The Great Wall” to illegal immigration, with big cheers from the crowd. The one time Trump pulled out any paper to read from, it was CNN’s polls. The crowd and I were thrilled to hear that he was first in the polls in every state at the time. “This is wild,” he said.  In the middle of his conversation, protesters at the Richmond rally on one end of the crowd held up signs and screaming “Dump Trump!” Not long after, posters were being ripped up and the supportive crowd starting chanting “We love Trump!” There were no more words after this from the corner of the loud protests.

A part-time politician will generally seem less polished to the media. Politicians who always say the right thing, can be puppets of their funders. Trump understands this, and it’s one of the reasons why he funds himself. Trump has certain views, and if you don’t agree with them, then you will most likely be offended by them. I support Trump because he is the kind of part-time, political volunteer that the country was founded on. I am less offended than others by his ideas because I don’t value polished politicians who are given words to say that never offend anyone over anything. Politicians are famous for saying one thing when running for office and doing the opposite once elected, and are expected to break their promises nowadays. Do we want a candidate who says one thing then does another? Or do we want a candidate who offends but speaks his truth?

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