Make America Great?


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Voting is an important cornerstone of every democracy and a right that needs to be cherished. This leads to the truest form of representation in the country’s government. Ironically, I believe that supporting Donald Trump as the future president of the United States does not offer benefits for our country.

I came to this conclusion after observing Donald Trump for the past several weeks, as he surged to the top of various republican primary polls. The president of the United States is considered a world leader. He or she should be compassionate, committed, and honest. Furthermore, he or she should possess a positive outlook, while remaining capable of effective communication skills.

Donald Trump sadly fails to meet many of these requirements. He comes across as belligerent, insensitive, and condescending. He is not only dismissive of people and the diversity of beliefs, but also fails to offer any specifics. He ignores most policy issues with an attitude of “trust me – I am great and have the most fabulous solution ever.”

My view is reinforced through Donald Trump’s campaign on Twitter and televised debates. It is incalculable that someone who has issued these scandalous statements could have surged to the top of the Republican polls. Just a few of his recent statements that have garnered national attention are:

“My Twitter has become so powerful that I can make my enemies tell the truth.”

“John McCain is not a war hero.”

“All the women on The Apprentice flirted with me consciously or unconsciously, but that’s to be expected.”

“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and make Mexico pay for it.”

“The concept of global warming was created to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

“Sorry, losers, but my I.Q. is one of the highest and you all know it! Please don’t feel stupid or insecure.”

Other than the above, there are many quotes that are derogatory toward women, other countries, and various ethnicities.

The one trait that Donald Trump has in greater abundance than any recent presidential candidate is confidence. But there is a thin line between confidence and arrogance, and Donald Trump crossed that line a long time ago. Our country has many problems, but it is still the greatest nation in the world. Issues of income inequality, social justice, minority rights, national debt and the persistent threat of terrorist attacks are too important to be left in the hands of an egomaniac.

I find it difficult to comprehend how someone, regardless of their party affiliation, can take into account the full breadth of Donald Trump’s campaign so far and still be able to vote for him. So I ask myself, what explains Trump’s surge in the polls? I conclude that many people in the country are tired of career politicians, political correctness, media reporting and the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. There is also the distinct possibility that a great number of voters are simply voting from name recognition. The fact that he is such a national brand has definitely played an important role in his campaign success so far. No matter the reason, he still remains at the top of the polls. However, it is evident that people are tiring of his constant stream of insensitive, anger-inducing statements. The latest poll has Ben Carson closing the gap fast.

As the fabric of this nation is being torn in opposite and partisan directions, we need a leader who bridges the divide and unites the country. We need a leader who provides inspiration and strength, a leader able to navigate national and international issues, a leader who captures the imagination of the nation. Donald Trump might be a great businessman and a great entertainer, but he is not a great leader.