Gone, I guess, are the days of honesty in politics, if ever there was a time. It’s too bad, really, because we usually never know what we’re going to get in an elected official. This election cycle is a bit different, though. We know, to an extent, what we’ll get.
With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominees for their respective parties, we know the next administration is either going to be the equivalent of a three-ring circus or a middle finger to the American people.
With Clinton we know we would get higher taxes, a continued disastrous foreign policy, more leftist educational standards, liberal justices appointed to the Supreme Court and a total disregard for the Constitution of the United States.
With Trump we’re not so sure what we’d get since he changes his mind regularly in order to appeal to the constituency that will produce the most votes for him. What we do know is that he’ll say anything or do anything for a personal ratings boost. Whether it’s insulting people he has a disagreement with, swearing in public or making bold claims he may or may not be able to back up, the media seem to eat it all up.
Every act has a consequence. Unfortunately the Trump campaign doesn’t recognize that fact. They also don’t seem to realize that Trump’s antics give high-octane fuel for his opponent as well as the media. We all know that the media loves Trump but just doesn’t want him in office. They really want Clinton to become the first female President of the United States. They’re playing Trump like a deck of cards, steering their coverage toward putting Clinton in the White House.
The last presidential candidate in a general election I can remember who didn’t act his or her way through a campaign was actually an actor. President Ronald Reagan didn’t need to act, he presented his agenda, his plan for America in clear and comprehensive language. His conservative vision made sense to most Americans. It was a vision of real hope and change, not fake hope and change that Barack Obama promised and duped people into believing in.
Reagan proposed tried and true principles that would provide Americans with a better quality of life. It drove the left crazy and even more so once he was in office. They knew that their time of taxing and spending was drawing to a close, at least for a while.
Why does running for President of the United States have to be an acting job? Gone, I guess, are the days of hope and promise for a better America that President Reagan gave us. I hope I’m wrong.
Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative author, and Editor-at-Large of RightWingWriter.com, a website for conservative viewpoints. An original participant in the Tea Party, he takes part in pro-America rallies when his time permits. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.