I don’t normally get political, but I just can’t resist. This has been occupying my mind, so I have to get a few things out there. I am not going to express my preference in this post; so if you’re wondering about that… too bad. I’m going to express my opinion about what I have observed as to why each of these two front-runners are front-runners. And we all know what they say about opinions, right? Everybody’s got one.
Let’s talk about Hillary Clinton first. I believe there are many reasons why she is the current Democratic leader:
- She is a woman. Many Americans have felt for some time that it’s time for a woman to be President.
- She is a straight party-line Democrat. Her platform is essentially the same as the party’s. That’s why I believe the party has been preparing her since her husband’s presidency. They got her elected senator for a state in which she didn’t live. The party got her into the key position of Secretary of State in the Obama administration (a position from which she was required to resign). At every opportunity to place Hillary in the political foreground, the Democratic party has taken advantage for the last 20 years.
- Hillary has been a successful businesswoman. Although there were numerous allegations of felonious business practices, she has never been convicted. In fact, those allegations have been spun out of America’s short memory.
- During her husband’s presidency, when it was finally revealed what had been known for many years of his decades of dishonesty and unfaithfulness in his marriage, America watched for Hillary’s reaction. She certainly would have been justified in divorcing him. But it was politically advantageous for her to remain. I’m not suggesting that was her motivation, but it hasn’t hurt her political career to be seen as the woman who stands by her man no matter what he does. And when Bill was impeached for lying on the witness stand under oath, she still supported his decision to remain in office.
- Hillary Clinton is a thoroughbred politician. She knows the game and the players, and how to get things done in the political arena. The American voters who have approved of the Obama administration may be thinking her administration will perhaps be similar in objectives.
- She has the experience in international affairs; although there were some questionable actions leading to her resignation.
But now let’s look at the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, and what I think makes him appealing to many people:
- He is diametrically opposite of the liberal platform of the Democratic party, the Obama administration, and the Clinton campaign. He is, in fact, so extreme in his views, he scares the Republican party.
- Trump is a very successful businessman. Many believe his business acumen may be what it would take to set our country on the road to economic solvency.
- Donald Trump is not a politician. He has no political background, and no knowledge of the political process. This actually appeals to many Americans, who are tired of politicians playing games. They desire a president who will step into office and kick butts and get things done. They believe Donald Trump can do that.
- Trump seems honest. His brash words suggest he’s not very concerned about his opinions wining a popularity contest. He speaks his mind, and people seem to appreciate that.
- His extremist views reflect some common feelings in many Americans. They not only respect his courage in giving voice to these ideas, but see him as a lone champion for causes they never thought they would ever hear from a White House hopeful.
- Donald Trump has no experience in international affairs. However, considering his national-isolationist platform, there’s no need. He seems to be promoting the United States withdraw from our involvement in the world affairs: a “we stay in and we keep them out” strategy. Many Americans agree wholeheartedly with that idea.
Well, in a nutshell, that’s my opinion about the main reasons these two candidates are the most appealing to Americans. Me… I don’t know…