Don’t let loud voices ‘Trump’ good sensibility

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“It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

These quotes sound like they would be from the mouth of your crazy redneck uncle on Thanksgiving, but they are in fact direct quotes from the leading Republican candidate for the 2016 presidency.

Donald Trump, most known for being a real-estate magnate and reality TV star, continues to lead in the polls, much to everyone’s surprise. When Trump announced his candidacy for president in June, most of America’s first reaction was to laugh in his face. Before he ventured into politics, many knew him as an offensive rich guy with very unique hair. While he still said very controversial and problematic things, he was essentially harmless. When he announced his candidacy, it was funny to most. No one thought he had the experience and credentials to go head to head with other top Republican candidates. While he still doesn’t, this doesn’t seem to be stopping him.

While Trumps’ antics are so ridiculous that they were funny at first, as the polls go up, so does the fear of many Americans. Democrat or Republican, black or white, young or old, many Americans can agree on one thing- no one wants Trump to win the nomination. Even former presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul is “scared to death” of the possibility.

“I’d be very worried with somebody as authoritarian as he is. You can’t run a country like you run a business. They’re two entirely different things,” Paul said on The Alan Colmes Show.

There is a reason that many are scared of Trumps’ potential. There is no denying his many years of experience as a businessman. In his 69 years, he has had many great accomplishments in the business world. However, running a nation? That’s not on his resume.

There is a difference between being able to make the best decisions for a large group of people and being able to rule in the corporate world. America shouldn’t be run like a business. That would ensure totalitarian government and would go against the very values for which the country stands. Donald Trump wants to, “Make America great again.” Is the best way to go about this to build a wall to keep Mexican immigrants out? Is it to ban all Muslims from entering the country? Doing these things that he stands for would be reverting to ways of the past that no one wants to repeat. Many are comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler, both blame a specific group for all of society’s problems, for one. A dictator like Hitler is the last thing needed anywhere or anytime. The horrors that he put his people through are unspeakable, and it’s a scary thought that a possible future president kept a book of his speeches by his bed.

However, there are some who agree with Trump on some level and support him in the race. Many argue that his drive for perfection and desire for greatness are inspiring and qualities needed in a leader. While that may be true, Trump may not be the man to look for when expecting greatness. His idea of greatness and perfection is one that many would not agree with. These points aside, he is trumping the competition. Trump talks over his opponents in debates, allowing his points to be the only ones heard. He has a lot of listeners, and he gets much more attention than his opponents.

On purpose or not, this is the best way to garner attention. Maybe he knows his ridiculous statements rile up the public and give him more attention. Or maybe he really is just stupid. Either way, Trump is dominating the polls which is a terrifying thought. This election, voters need to be smart and do their research. Don’t just vote for the candidate with the most media coverage, or with the most absurd sayings. Donald Trump’s isn’t the only voice out there; it’s just the only one that’s being heard.  

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