Well, Charlie Rose, basically the answer is: That’s politics. In his most recent interview on “Charlie Rose – The Week,” with Ms. Nancy Gibbs , Editor of “Time” magazine, Mr. Rose asked the question, “Why Trump, why is he doing so well?” While Ms. Gibbs’ answer was more detailed and much more definitive than our answer, our answer does have its merits.
Now the question: Why is this subject in an environmental column? Well, this is a part of your Examiner’s environment, for sure—is it not a part of yours? Like it or not, decisions we make in the political arena in 2016 could result in world destruction or, depending on our leadership selection, in a world order that is much better than that which we have today.
What would the world be like if Adolf Hitler had not risen to lead the NAZI party which ultimately allowed him to gain the German chancellorship, after having almost won its presidency in its 1932 election? Would the world be better off? Who knows. The fact is, though, political decisions will in all probability have the potential to determine more about the world order, and even its continued existence, as we know it, than any comet flying into it, volcanic eruptions arising from it, or UFO’s bringing their conquering creatures. In this nuclear age, man has already created enough explosive power which, along with its accompanying radiation, could virtually eliminate human life on earth.
One well considered theory postulated by the esteemed late astrophysicist Carl Sagan, described the results of an all-out nuclear war as a “Nuclear Winter.” Wouldn’t that be an interesting development for an “environmental” column? Let’s hope not.
As for Mr. Trump: He is his own best financial supporter, if we are to believe what he says. He is also a well known confirmed “birther,” one who believes Obama pulled the wool over the eyes of the American people. That fact gives him an instantaneous base. Have you not heard of the Obama haters? Some are racists, some are professional malcontents, some are “yellow dog” republicans, and some are principled conservatives. Taken together, they are a large and very vocal group that, until Trump, was beginning to wonder what they would have to complain about after the upcoming election. Trump being one of them by virtue of his birther status, among other things, has given this group new life.
Trump also has the backing of the “business” community—at least those who feel politicians don’t know butkis when it comes to economic reality. This is another part of his base, and they should not be discounted as being out of touch with reality. To them their opinions are the only reality (which sounds a lot like the Trumpster, doesn’t it?)
Add to the above the various people who genuinely feel what is needed is a change in the way Washington does business, and a formidable “base” is there. Of course those who do not fit nicely into any of the above categories have ample opportunity to support any of the unreasonably large number of candidates currently offering their services to become the next President. As this group of candidates is winnowed down over the coming months, how many of those supporters do you think will switch to the Donald?
What bothers this examiner is while this candidate is building his impenetrable fence along the border with Mexico, the one he will be billing the Mexican government for (good luck with that;) and while he is flying those eleven million undocumented aliens back to wherever (and billing whomever;) and while he is cutting back on the IRS and reducing taxes on businesses to increase their productivity, who will be paying the bills and the costs incurred by those doing the actual work? (Surely not Trump and his overly well-to-do buds–what would their tax accountants have to say about that?) Do you suppose he might consider cutting back on EPA’s budget? And is it really reasonable to cut back on coal fired electrical generation? How about more user fees to use “our” national parks and highway system? While all of these solutions and/or problems may not occur to Mr. Trump, some of them definitely are on his list.
If change is what is needed, is the Donald the answer?
How about it, Charlie Rose?