Donald Trump is a breath of fresh air. His ideas may be simplistic. His statements sometimes outrageous. But he clearly believes in what he is doing. And his heartbeat resonates with the deepest streams of the American national psyche. This man is the message. When he says he wants to make America great again – he absolutely means it.
Of course the liberal New Zealand media can’t stand him. As usual they are doing their best to reduce him to caricatured package they can deliver to us whilst they smirk at how ridiculous he and the millions of Americans who support him are. Their reporting is more a reflection of their own small-mindedness and immaturity than it is an accurate portrayal of politics in the United States.
Perhaps the most telling point Trump makes is the criticism he has received from all sides about his “tone”. As he points out, ISIS are committing atrocities and perpetuating barbaric cruelty in a manner not seen for centuries. And yet he is the one being criticised for his “tone” in denouncing them.
Trump has the courage to say what needs to be said. In so doing he is breaking the media stranglehold on what is permitted to be said in our national debates. The fear of being of being media roasted for giving voice to ideas that offend the established paradigm, intimidates most politicians into bland platitudes. The result is the stifling monotone that prevails in political debate in most western countries.
Trump is one of those leaders who breaks the monotone. He says things that are not “allowed” to be said. Doing so breaks open the room and lets fresh air in.
Bono of U2 sings in one of his US concerts of how he loves America. “You got soul!” he cries.
Donald Trump has soul. I like him.