Why We Should Hope for More Candidates Like Donald Trump

Donald_Trump_27150701414My final thoughts before the election were published this morning in The Washington Post and they turned to the future. We don’t yet know the outcome of this election, voting is still underway as I write. And I still fervently hope (and pray) for a Trump victory. But we do know that something changed during this election cycle. The change has been happening for a long time, but slowly. A nascent recognition of and displeasure with the change was evident in the candidacy of Ross Perot and then again in the Tea Party movement. These were smaller, mostly Republican, eruptions. But some of the same sensibility was also present in Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

For Republicans, Donald Trump represents much more than an isolated eruption. He captured the nomination and may yet become President. He was the answer in 2016—or at least a partial answer—to the sense that government has grown ever more remote from the governed and that elections don’t ever seem to change the trajectory of the country. Trump promised to change the trajectory on certain key issues or, at least, a pause in the relentless pursuit of policies that many Americans believe are antithetical to their rights and interests as citizens. That’s why I argue that we should hope for more candidates like Donald Trump.

Here’s an excerpt:

Whether he wins or loses, we need more people like Donald Trump in politics.

I don’t mean to suggest ambitious Republicans — or Democrats for that matter — should copy the GOP standard-bearer’s braggadocio and flippant responses (to say nothing of his more crude moments), or stock up on red power ties. Love him or loathe him, there is only one Donald Trump. No one else can be him and, even if he wins, no one should try.

Instead, smart politicians should take the best and leave the rest behind.

That means abandoning overly scripted campaigns in favor of authenticity, listening to voters instead of to elite opinion and — this is especially true for Republicans — embracing the issues that propelled Trump’s campaign instead of recurring to stale conservative checklists.

Read the whole thing here.

About Chris Buskirk

Chris is publisher and editor of American Greatness and the host of The Chris Buskirk Show. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and received a fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing. He is a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @TheChrisBuskirk

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4 responses to “Why We Should Hope for More Candidates Like Donald Trump”

  1. The political movement started by Trump must be continued in some form. The Restoration of the Bushes, ardently sought in some quarters, must be resisted.

  2. I was watching Comedy Central last night. Trevor Noah exhorting his audience to vote Hillary, Chris Hardwick griping that this was the worst election we’ve ever seen, etc. Then it occurred to me:

    They’re wrong. This is the greatest election of my entire life. Nothing else even comes close. No other election has exposed the fault lines in our nation like this one, not in my life time. Everything out in the open. No wonder Democrats hate this campaign so much, they hate our candidate (as much as I like him, I can see why others wouldn’t), but their own candidate has been totally exposed.

    It’s beautiful. I only hope they’re all like this going forward. If Hillary wins, her divisive liberal policies will only guarantee i

  3. Agree. Further I’d argue that if Trump succeeds it will not, nor should it be, “smart politicians” who should follow him. If he shows that a smart, driven, successful businessman can succeed, he will turn on its head the adage that businessmen fail in politics. We KNOW politicians fail – it is, as you note, what has driven Perot, the Tea Party and Bernie in addition to Trump. If Trump does succeed, his success will – one hopes – drive out ALL traditional pols and infuse our government with many of the successful businessmen and women our country has produced along the way of inventing the entirety of the modern world.

  4. 2016’s Flight 93 just did a victory barrel roll!