Many people fear that Donald Trump has forever changed the political landscape in America -- and not in a good way.
Yes, more people are turning out to vote in primaries and caucuses. But the fact that this brash and unfiltered real estate magnate and entertainer is dominating in the polls sends a clear message: That anyone who wants to effect change can run for office.
Hip hop artist and producer Kanye West has already declared his intention to run in 2020. We can only imagine how many other singers, actors, and others from outside the realm of politics will follow suit.
As we're seeing in this heated election season, Donald Trump is playing to people's emotions quite effectively. He's capitalizing on their hopelessness and promising to make a host of sweeping changes to "make America great again" -- all while remaining thin on specific details.
Many voters find themselves skeptical given his inability to provide concrete plans -- something that senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz exploited at the last debate.
I understand that many people are fed up with the gridlock in Washington. They're tired of political correctness -- of politicians promising big things but never living up to their words.
While Trump may seem like a breath of fresh air, let's not forget one thing: We tend to make critical mistakes when we're guided by our emotions. It's like the girl who keeps falling for the bad boy despite her better instincts telling her that he's a world of trouble she should steer clear of.
People are appalled that a man who's made disparaging remarks toward women, Mexicans, and other groups could potentially be the next President of the United States. Some couldn't think of anyone less presidential for the job.
But Donald Trump has struck a chord with those hungry for action and shows no signs of slowing down. While Cruz and Rubio now seem to be taking a more aggressive posture against Trump, it's probably too late. Everyone from the pundits to the media underestimated this man, and he's looking to get the last laugh.
Without a doubt, if he goes head-to-head with Hillary Clinton in the general election, he better brush up on policy and be able to expound on the specifics of his proposals. Otherwise, she is going to mop the floor with him.
What do you make of the fact that Trump is inspiring people who may not be qualified for the presidency to seek office?
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