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Can He Really Make America Great Again?

If you happen to be anything like me, then you might not be a poli-sci major, but you care about politics and you want to know about the topics that will define our generation and want to keep updated on who could run our country for at least the next four years.
If you are even more like me than that, you maybe have been using the AP mobile app to read news in the morning when you are cooking breakfast pretending you have your life together, and maybe you happened to lose your sh*t spilling coffee all over your most comfortable PJ's because of who just snatched the GOP nomination. 
Maybe you knew it was inevitable, but at seven o’clock in the morning everything is unexpected, making that burn all the more painful. Well if this is the case we have a lot in common, so let me just say a few things on that nominee after I mop up this coffee. 
You don’t have to be a poli-sci major to recognize the slogan “Make America Great Again;” it’s become so perfunctory for some political supporters to repeat that it rings in our ears like a political “would you like fries with that” and is just about as American. Especially if you consider that it is a phrase hijacked from Ronald Reagan, whose original use of the slogan was meant to promote a political platform that contrasts today’s loud-mouthed demagogue, especially in his immigration policy––but that teflon coating has changed into something of a greased pig.Grease Pig
How exactly would he make America great again? Build the wall, kick out the drug dealers, rapists and the supposed good people, stop Muslim immigration––despite none of these meriting the “again” part of that platitudinal slogan, as each of these would be a first attempt for our country. 
What does he plan to do for minimum wage workers who cannot pay for medical care? He wants to remove Obamacare and open up state lines for insurance companies to sell in other states. This would basically push all insurance companies into the states with the lowest tax rates and allow them to keep all of their customers. It opens up for competition, but does nothing to change the actual cost of medical care. Martin Shkreli can continue to jack up the prices of life-saving drugs, his last justification for which was essentially saying that it changes the cost for insurance companies. 
Okay, great, so it only puts pressure on these companies, leaving out the fact that these insurance companies charge their customers based on how much they spend on drugs like the one Shkreli just jacked up. If all medical manufacturers begin charging what they want just because they can, suddenly the problem is endemic to the whole system and the customers have to pay for that. It is happening today with the sky-high cost of medical equipment forcing hospitals to charge significantly more than necessary for their services. But Trump does not want to do anything about that.
So, what other ideals do we find Trump campaigning for in between spewing xenophobic vitriol and self-flattery under the guise of “telling it like it is?”
Well first of all, he does not “tell it like it is,” he tells things as they could be perceived if you subscribe to a socially-silenced, bigoted world-view. 
For the Americans who hear Trump discussing Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, criminals and rapists but find that rhetoric “refreshing,” you might be racist––just an FYI. It’s OK, we understand. As a culture, we have diverted from the blatant racism and George Wallaces of our past only to find ourselves with a new brand of bigotry, and you have been forced into silence. Now that you have a mouthpiece, it is okay to come out of the closet. I have news for you though, you will not be well received.
White Americans are a shrinking majority in this country… well we were, but for the past few years the net immigration from Mexico into the United States has dropped below zero, i.e. more Mexicans are leaving the country than entering it, so build your wall, keep them in, and see how much they appreciate your views.
It's important to be understanding of everyone though; even the most derisive political supporters. We cannot continue to subtweet with a #smh and be content to say, "I will never understand these people."
For those of us who don't, it is hard to wrap our minds around why anyone would support Trump. He is loudmouthed, inconsistent and an objectively unsuccessful businessman, yet people like him because he "tells it like it is." Though if you stop thinking about what he is saying and start considering the way he says things, we may begin to find clarity.
Our political system allows weathered politicians to hone their skills at manipulating public image. It is so refined a process it's almost an art form, but one that has not kept them from lying.
We know when they are catering to the masses because we scrutinize every word and facet of their platforms, but we have never questioned that yes, they will lie, and no, we do not know what about.
But for Trump, there is no consistent platform to lie about, he also follows no political winds because he is sailing his ship in another sea altogether. It does not matter whether he is lying or what he is saying, because he never intended to run as a politician. He left the real politicians to scramble at reining him back in, while trying to save face in a wonderful spectacle which gave the republican debates such high viewership. These politicians could not combat his histrionics and that is why they began to fall away. 
Trump has always been an entertainer from the beginning and it is in the entertainingly simplistic way he speaks that people find interest in his candidacy. 
As Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply then you don't understand it yourself," but some, it seems, inductively infer because Trump speaks so simply he must understand what he is talking about, but some would argue he does not speak eloquently because he does not have it in him. Point that out though and the point remains that neither he nor his supporters care (#GreasedPigPolitics), and in some ways I find that marvelous.
We live in a country with significant influence in the world, and there are many things we can do with that. Handing the nuclear codes to Trump and saying, "have at it," should not be high up on our list though, especially if we want to fix the problems in our healthcare system and manage economic inequality.
We can't punish women for having abortions, we can't murder the civilian families of terrorists in the middle-east, we cannot bring back water-boarding and more severe forms of torture whether or not they work, we can't force Mexico to pay for a wall we do not need, and he can't genuinely suggest that we ban muslims from entering the United States (nor can we sign petitions to ban Trump from the UK, sorry, it was funny, but no). 
It does not take a political science degree to recognize that this man's value is in his spectacle. The election process has become entertainment, and we should not be voting like this is The Voice. Once 'the season' is over no one receives a $5 million record deal, they inherit a $19 trillion national debt, and we should not want to put that in the hands of the man who bankrupt four businesses. 
So, if you are anything like me, you will not be voting for Trump this November. Now I have to go make some more coffee.


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