By Janice S. Ellis, PhD, Kansas City, MO —
Why is Donald Trump so appealing to many Americans, young, middle age and seniors alike? The answer is neither very simply nor very obvious. It is not just about the state of politics or the economy in the United States today. By most standards, the economy has improved significantly during the last seven years under the Obama administration.
The state of politics? Well that is a different issue. Yes, many citizens are sick and tired of the stalemate in Washington between President Obama and the Republican dominated Congress. Yes, the vitriol, racist and obstructionist rhetoric spewing from the mouths of Republican Senators and Congressmen has been disheartening.
Why is Donald Trump so appealing? No doubt this seven-year atmosphere has contaminated the political soil and has turned out to be fertile breeding ground for a Donald Trump to rise.
There is also this spoken and unspoken notion, with the growing presence of minorities of all colors and shades, that whites in America need to take their country back. There is growing fear from the Census Bureau’s prediction that within the next twenty to thirty years, the United States will be a nation of minorities. No one group, white, black, or Hispanic, will be in the majority.
There will be a more even distribution of political power if not economic power. This means that those who have dominated this country for more than two hundred years, exercised power and held all other groups at bay, have growing fear and concerns – justifiable or not.
Those are the more obvious reasons. What is less obvious and what we often forget about are the reasons and profiles of those who founded America. Many who immigrated to the new world had grown tired and weary of the government and King of England.
We all recall the rebellion against “taxation without representation,” the lack of religious freedom – essentially the absence of many tenets of our Bill of Rights, which comprise the foundation, the very backbone of this country.
But England also took this rebellion as an opportunity to get rid of its dissidents, its rejects. The Statue of Liberty’s inscription is legendary: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Did these words ring true, back then and now, irrespective of the color of your skin? Has that creed been equally applied?
Now, you think about the many reasons why Donald Trump has so much appeal.
Why is Donald Trump so appealing? It is a question worth pondering, looking beneath the surface.
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