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For better and for worse, those days are gone. Which is why I wrote directly to you and other Trump followers. You have the power. You have the responsibility. You get the last word. You and millions of other justifiably angry Americans can do us all a favor: Drive a stake in the "political elite system" and replace it with something better.
Here's the rub: Is Trump something better? Is he the best you can do? Wouldn't you prefer a more credible vessel for change?
Joe M. addressed those questions after watching me discuss the Trump phenomena on TV.
I often wonder why many of your fellow panelists have such trouble understanding that indeed the American people, not those that just happen to live in America, but Americans in [their] best sense, are disgusted with our leadership.
And let's not confine it to just our politicians. Add many businessmen, educators, the ruling class, and even some in the Church. An abiding contempt for their hypocritical self-indulgence and dishonesty is large and growing. "¦
[Obviously] Mr. Trump can't tell the difference between a political campaign and his (ex)-TV show. Though his remarks about political-correctness and its inference of liberal intolerance will always be welcomed as most Americans are heartily sick of it, particularly its one-way application.
Trump will shoot himself in the mouth, so little to worry about there.
I don't know about that. As certain as I am that Trump would be a lousy president, I am unsure about the future of his presidential campaign. Politics has never been less predictable.
Voter anxiety runs broad and deep, and, unlike in past eras of populist unrest, people are radically connected via the Internet — their anger magnified and easily exploited by agents of change. Forces that disrupted the music, retail, financial, and media industries will eventually bring radical change to politics. It's only a matter of time and a question of outcome: Will that change be a force for good or a force for bad?
I ask again: Is Trump really the change you want?
Yes, replied Thomas G.
Donald Trump is a symptom of the problem. Both political parties would rather cater to noncitizens than respond to the tens of millions of conservative Americans whose only demand is that our federal government enforce the laws that have been dutifully — constitutionally — passed.
Agreed: Trump is a symptom of the problem. But he can't be the cure, even on immigration. Trump favors deporting 11 million illegal immigrants before returning most of them to the United States. Of this expensive, if not unworkable, idea, Trump told CNN recently, "I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal."
That's gold-plated amnesty. Is that really what you want?