Throughout my injury I have been bemused by the continuing antics of Donald Trump. It has made me think and apparently I am not alone. Despite his politically incorrect, sometimes bigoted opinions he has apparently awoken the most feared of all voters…the ones who don’t vote. The result is he is leading the pack in most polls.
I am reminded of Archie Bunker, Patriarch of the family in Norman Lears Genius “All In The Family” I can all but hear Donald Trump saying “There’s a little bit of me in all of you.”
I think there are a large number of alienated voters saying, hey at least this Trump guy tells it like he sees it, with him I know what I am getting.
That reminds me of many years ago. I was a teenager in Georgia and Georgia was holding an election for governor, as I recall this was 1970. One of the candidates was a white supremacist named J.B. Stoner. Stoner was as bigoted and as racist as anyone who ever walked the face of the earth. During this campaign, where he called himself the “candidate of love”, he described Adolf Hitler as “too moderate,” black people as an extension of the ape family, and Jews as “vipers of hell.” The primary was won by civil rights supporter and future President Jimmy Carter.
I was in my early teens and used to fish at a local lake called “Burdells Lake.” There were several regulars who hike into the woods and fish the lake and one was an old black man, we would often talk and on this particular day I felt comfortable enough to ask him what he thought of J.B. Stoner. His reply has stuck with me my entire life.
He said Mike, I know where that man stands, I know what is in his heart and I know what he would do to me and my kind if he were to be elected governor. He said, it ain’t him I worry about. It’s these other guys running, he says I don’t know where they really stand, I know what they say, but what they say usually dont match up with what they do.
Now bringing us back to 2015 and looking at Donald Trump, I remember that conversation and it occurs to me that Trump, as unlikely as it may seem, is resonating with a lot of people who are tired of being lied to. I dont think anyone questions that Trump believes what he says, how many of the other candidates can you say that about?
Do I think Trump will win? Not a chance. Do I think Trump can be the single biggest influence in who does win? Absolutely.
Think about this for a moment if every single republican who voted republican and every democrat who voted democrat and every independent voted however they voted in the last election all vote accordingly. Now if half the people who were eligible and didnt vote last election vote for Trump, Trump will be elected president in 2016.
Trump has another thing going for him, I don’t think anyone sees him as beholden to the religious right. Nor do I think he is perceived as eager to go to war, he certainly seems to have the idea that we should be fixing things here instead.
I wouldn’t vote for him or any other Republican on the ticket (maybe Rand Paul) nor will I be voting for Hillary or Sanders, but If Trump can keep his foot out of mouth (close obviously dont count) This is going to be one interesting race, specially the debates.