The Trump Phenomenon

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX1KTWTDonald Trump is still dominating the Republican field despite the dire predictions of everyone in politics and the media.  Every time Trump says something politically unconventional, he is attacked by the professional political class.  Currently we see the establishment in an uproar over his comments promising to temporarily stop Muslim migration into the country.  Yes, he did say temporary, and he says it’s only until the nation’s leaders figure out how to address the incredible amount of hatred coming from the Muslim world.  Unsurprisingly, his opinion is shared by a large segment of American society.

According to Pew Research Center, 13% of the population of the Muslim world has a favorable view of  Al Qaeda.  Just as disturbing,  23% don’t know how they feel about Al Qaeda, and only 57% of Muslims worldwide hold an unfavorable view of them.  If we look at individual countries we can see even more troubling numbers.  20% of Egyptian Muslims like Al Qaeda, as do 35% of Palestinians, and 23% of Indonesians.  In fact, this poll may be gamed to keep the overall numbers down, as they have no polling data listed from Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, or Iran — all of which are hotbeds of anti-American and anti-Western sentiment.

Last month a poll was taken in Great Britain that indicates that 20% of British Muslims support ISIS.  Last year’s poll by the Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies claims that a full 13% of Syrian refugees support the Islamic State (ISIS).  A poll from earlier in the year conducted by Al Jazeera, in Arabic, claims that a full 81% of Arab Muslims support the Islamic State.  Are we supposed to simply ignore these polls (and countless more like them)?

Donald Trump isn’t saying anything that rational-thinking people wouldn’t agree with.  We have doubled the amount of Muslim immigration to the United States since 911… why is that?  Prudence would dictate that when large portions of a population hate us and support Jihadist terrorism, you limit their ability to come here.  The latest Rasmussen poll found that 66% of Republicans support Donald Trump’s plan to temporarily halt Muslim immigration.  That number is not surprising (to me).  What you may find more surprising is that 30% of Democrats and 45% of unaffiliated voters also support his plan.  Are these numbers sinking in for you yet?  Trump is defining the issues of this election, and the bulk of the American electorate agree with him — time after time.

But the common sense direct talk that is endearing Trump to the American voter is scaring and infuriating the political establishment.  The Democrats, the media, and the GOP elite are all desperately trying to take him down.  Now it’s being reported that the Republicans are preparing for a brokered convention.  If Trump wins the primary contests, they could still use the convention in an attempt to block his nomination and install one of their establishment thralls, like Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush.  Even one of his biggest rivals for the nomination is speaking out against these anti-democratic machinations.  Ben Carson says that he will leave the Republican party if they try this.  He’s not the only one.  If the GOP establishment tries to steal the nominating process from the primary voters, most Republican voters will abandon the party for good.

We’re sick of business-as-usual in Washington.  We do not feel that we are well represented by our elected officials (in both parties).  The Republican Party elite needs to think very carefully about what they intend to do.  Conservative voters are only members of the party because its been the better of two bad options.  Independent conservatives and Democrats who tilt right would abandon the Republican party to the dustbin of history, and never vote for a Republican again, if they try to thwart the will of the primary voters.

The political establishment has two choices… accept the will of the people, or be replaced by a new party with a new controlling elite.