Here’s a post you’ll find on this website with virtually zero scientific backing. Instead, it’s full of my unimportant antics about the nationwide circus show that we’ve come to know and love: the Presidential Campaign. How is this at all relevant to building things and creating innovative technology? Well, maybe we can have a Presidential candidate who’s actually done something other than work in politics their entire life. You know… real people, with real jobs, who create real things?
If there’s one good thing Donald Trump has done for the Republican Party, it’s this: he’s aroused a constituency that’s woken up to the proverbial political bullshit that’s plagued political dialog for so long. Although the anti-establishment sentiments raised by the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign have largely failed to sway the general consensus of Republicans , Trump’s campaign has made headlines and garnered a significant amount of support against establishment candidates on a much larger scale. His aggressiveness and lack of respect is exactly what many Americans, especially Republicans, want to hear: the people don’t want a politician who can be bought or sold – in fact, it doesn’t seem they don’t want a politician running the country at all. That’s true – except the answer isn’t necessarily Donald Trump.
Trump’s message isn’t exactly wrong either. We do have stupid negotiators and leaders in the U.S. who missed out on great opportunities to bolster American power internationally . Events like the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to buck-passing the crisis in Syria for the Russians to handle has arguably put us in weaker positions.
Politicians vote like escorts look for clients, chasing down the highest bidder who can contribute the most amount to their wallets and political campaigns. The general desire to steer clear of career politicians is, I think, a good thing. Voters and talking heads like to place blame on Wall Street and big corporations for today’s economic problems but never look to government and wonder if Washington’s policies (or lack thereof) have contributed to the financial clusterfuck we’re in today. At the very least, the Republicans are running something different – and it’s finally nice to see that of the top three Republican presidential hopefuls, a woman and a black man are polling high – all of which are not career politicians.
What exactly makes these top-tier Republican contenders different from their do-nothing establishment counterparts? They’ve built physical things or worked with their hands – real work that produces tangible results. Donald Trump is a real estate businessman and created exactly that: real-estate. Carly Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a company that builds computers. Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who saved lives with his hands for a living. Can you say the same about bottom-feeding leeches like Ted Cruz? or Mike Huckabee? or Hillary Clinton for that matter? Not really. Actually, not at all.
It’s too bad the best the Democratic Party hasn’t caught wind of this strategy yet – they still have some growing up to do if the best the DNC can offer us are two political hacks (Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton) that haven’t the slightest clue what life is like for Americans outside of Washington, DC. And while the Republican candidates are all wealthier than the average Joe shoveling shit in a construction zone somewhere in Indiana for $20.00 an hour, at least they haven’t spent their whole lives jerking people around with tax payer dollars – the big difference here being that they earned the dollar they made knowing that a wrong move would put them out of business. Politicians are essentially guaranteed a paycheck regardless of their actions because you don’t really have a much of a choice when it comes to paying taxes – they get a paycheck anyway even when they fuck up at your expense. And guess, what it’s at your expense every single time.
The good news is, it’s only a matter of time before people start wanting a kind of meritocracy where technocrats beyond the political “left” and “right” can get elected to make practical changes to a broken system.