by: Patrick Wilson
Not only does Donald Trump’s Campaign Bully Republican candidates into a corner, but it creates a spectacle of the political party.
After a collection of gems at the announcement of his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump has spoken again. After impressing upon us that he is “really rich” and a war hawk, he now apparently questions the validity of John McCain’s status as a “war hero”. In statements on the campaign trail in Iowa, Donald Trump has managed to offend most of the republican party.
One has to wonder at the cunning skill displayed by a candidate with no intention of winning any nomination, isolating the balance of republican candidates bidding for nomination in the 2016 presidential election. As witnessed this past week in the media, other candidates have all given more support for immigration, and have all sprinted farther to the right in a competition against workers rights and to show that each is a bigger war hawk than the other.
Democratic candidates could not wish for a better gift than Donald Trump. Every time he opens his mouth he causes republican candidates to react. The effect, is defining their position on many issues that are uncomfortable for the party. It also further disenfranchises middle and working class families from the party.
With Democrats regurgitating a version of the Occupy message, and Republicans engrossed in their parties reality show spectacle complete with a carnival barker, is it far-fetched to consider the possibility of Donald Trump as a Agent Provocateur?
It sounds wacky! Consider that both parties are controlled by the same financial interests. Some might call it money well spent. While all this is quite entertaining to the majority of the population, it does not benefit them. This spectacle only draws attention away from issues that more directly effect our combined culture.
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