Anyone who's paying even a little bit of attention knows that Donald Trump has recently made some very blunt - some would say outrageous - comments about immigration, other Republican candidates for president and now about John McCain. This has caused an uproar and condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans. In spite of this, polls show Trump in the lead for the nomination. What's going on here?!
I think the explanation is quite simple. First, Trump is saying what many people are thinking, but are afraid to say. Political correctness has run amok and muzzled many people who lack the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what they believe. Regardless of whether you agree with Trump or not, you can't deny that he says what he thinks, however artless and broad it may be. When he receives criticism for his words, he doesn't immediately back down and apologize, as so many do. Second, when he's asked a question, he actually answers it! What a concept! People are sick and tired of politicians who dodge answers to direct questions. They talk and talk while saying very little. Equivocation is the name of the game for most politicians. Third, many Americans are rejecting the weakness and dishonesty embodied by the Obama administration. These people, who I believe constitute a majority of Americans, would like to see the United States project strength again. I'm not talking about being a bully or rushing willy-nilly into military action. The United States needs to be an honorable country and an example for good in the world, as it so often has in the past. The current administration has no honor; our allies no longer trust us to keep our word and our enemies don't fear us. This is unacceptable to many Americans.
Whether you agree or disagree with what Trump says and how he says it, he at least is saying things that politicians are afraid to say and in doing so, he has initiated conversations about issues that need to be addressed. Whether Trump has the personality and temperament to be president is debatable, but at least he's not afraid to speak his mind and that's a refreshing change from the status quo.