POLITICS
The Outsiders
by Henry Ellison
2015-12-09 08:00:00
This election has seen the rise of the most improbably kind: complete political outsiders. To go from nothing to something is impressive. To go from nothing to the front runner five months running? Unbelievable.

This year’s presidential primary is one of the most highly followed and closely scrutinized campaigns since the beginning of our nation. The press coverage has been through the roof but not for the reasons that it should be. The people of America aren’t following this year’s race for the politics or the charismatic personalities. Rather, the boost in viewership for the 2016 presidential race can be attributed to the ever increasing need to hear the next controversial thing to spill out of Donald Trump’s mouth. And, surprisingly enough, this strategy is somehow yielding results.

As I’m sure you’ve heard, over the last 5 months television personality and infamous, annoying, rich guy Donald Trump has taken control of the polls in a way no one expected. With a respectable lead over his next opponent, Ben Carson, Trump is managing to insult and yell his way to the top of the Republican race. At this point, the once scary possibility of referring to him as President Trump is starting to seem more and more like a probability. The question is, “Why?” Analysts everywhere have been asking themselves that same question, and each has come up with a different answer.

Jim Tankersly of the Washington Post claims voters are simply drawn due to their own economic anxiety. Striking a completely different chord, Galanty Miller of the Huffington Post attributes Trump’s success to his celebrity status. Everybody is coming up with their own idea, but not many people have taken the time to address the one commonality between every theory. The common thread is that Trump is different. Whether it is his economic independence, his loud personality, or his somewhat questionable views on immigration, Americans are drawn to him for his unique personality and beliefs. At this point, with a series of somewhat disappointing Presidents in close succession, people are tired of the same old presidential campaigns. That’s why Trump, with his unprecedented ideals, is succeeding. He doesn’t fit the mold of politician. Whereas the rest of the candidates have attempted to appeal to voters through overly hopeful promises and cheesy smiles, Trump thus far has appealed to the populace by being his own brash self. Now, in no way, shape, or form am I a supporter of the Trump campaign; however, there is something profound to be learned from the great success he has gained over the last 5 months. Americans are through with the hidden sliminess of politicians.

They’re fed up with the constant fakeness of the presidential race. And, most of all, they are looking forward to a most likely unattainable future where politicians are transparent with their views and motivations. Trump, despite his many flaws, can begin this new movement. If he doesn’t win, God willing, his legacy will hopefully carry on in the form of a more open and genuine Presidential race. A race where candidates don’t say what their donors or managers tell them, but rather say exactly what they think will solve the problem, no matter how far fetched and crazy it sounds. People perhaps want honesty in politics.



The Outsiders

This year’s presidential primary is one of the most highly followed and closely scrutinized campaigns since the beginning of our nation. The press coverage has been through the roof but not for the reasons that it should be. The people of America aren’t following this year’s race for the politics or the charismatic personalities. Rather, the boost in viewership for the 2016 presidential race can be attributed to the ever increasing need to hear the next controversial thing to spill out of Donald Trump’s mouth. And, surprisingly enough, this strategy is somehow yielding results.

As I’m sure you’ve heard, over the last 5 months television personality and infamous, annoying, rich guy Donald Trump has taken control of the polls in a way no one expected. With a respectable lead over his next opponent, Ben Carson, Trump is managing to insult and yell his way to the top of the Republican race. At this point, the once scary possibility of referring to him as President Trump is starting to seem more and more like a probability. The question is, “Why?” Analysts everywhere have been asking themselves that same question, and each has come up with a different answer.

Jim Tankersly of the Washington Post claims voters are simply drawn due to their own economic anxiety. Striking a completely different chord, Galanty Miller of the Huffington Post attributes Trump’s success to his celebrity status. Everybody is coming up with their own idea, but not many people have taken the time to address the one commonality between every theory. The common thread is that Trump is different. Whether it is his economic independence, his loud personality, or his somewhat questionable views on immigration, Americans are drawn to him for his unique personality and beliefs. At this point, with a series of somewhat disappointing Presidents in close succession, people are tired of the same old presidential campaigns. That’s why Trump, with his unprecedented ideals, is succeeding. He doesn’t fit the mold of politician. Whereas the rest of the candidates have attempted to appeal to voters through overly hopeful promises and cheesy smiles, Trump thus far has appealed to the populace by being his own brash self. Now, in no way, shape, or form am I a supporter of the Trump campaign; however, there is something profound to be learned from the great success he has gained over the last 5 months. Americans are through with the hidden sliminess of politicians.

They’re fed up with the constant fakeness of the presidential race. And, most of all, they are looking forward to a most likely unattainable future where politicians are transparent with their views and motivations. Trump, despite his many flaws, can begin this new movement. If he doesn’t win, God willing, his legacy will hopefully carry on in the form of a more open and genuine Presidential race. A race where candidates don’t say what their donors or managers tell them, but rather say exactly what they think will solve the problem, no matter how far fetched and crazy it sounds. People perhaps want honesty in politics.