The bad news: they’ve called him a clown, a detriment to the world of politicking, a huckster and an opportunistic that should stick with what he’s famous for: firing people from fake jobs.
The good news: Donald Trump has energized the public’s interest in politics. Whether or not he should be leading the free world isn’t the point. The man has got us thinking about something we normally take for granted: how government affects us.
Inc. asks us to reevaluate the Trump candidacy. I myself spend as little time as possible talking about politics. If I do, it’s likely going to be with a group of friends that I’m comfortable with. To my mind, politics is far too volatile a subject to broach with anyone. (That’s why it’s unlikely I’d campaign or volunteer to work for any candidate, even one I’d vote for blindly.) But The Donald opens up the discussion by presenting politics in such broad strokes that you can freely talk about the state of government and, hence, the state of politics. These are subjects we should all be concerned with regardless of where we stand, but tend to stay mum. Or worse, ignore completely by not going to the polls. And I do consider myself part of the problem since it takes a Donald Trump to force me to be vocal about issues of the day and the direction I’d like to see our government go in.
From the moment The Donald made his presidential announcement by majestically lowering himself to the masses via a Trump Tower escalator and made one of the longest announcement speeches in political history (almost 110 minutes – the length of a movie!), he has forced us to look at the importance of ideals and government.
My argument isn’t that Donald Trump is the best or worst candidate. It’s not even about his frank honesty that most politicians haven’t the audacity to apply to their campaigns. This is about how we choose to shape America. From Al Sharpton to Ralph Nader to Donald Trump, it’s about getting the American people curious about the potential of government and what we can do about it. If the Donald does become commander-in-chief, it will be because we made the decision. And if he doesn’t, it will be for the same reason. I just hope it doesn’t stop us from growing the passion that a candidacy like his can ignite in voters. That’s good for politics and good for all of us.