Donald Trump may become America’s next President. The first woman may very well be elected to the most powerful position in the world, the President of the United States. Actors, musicians, and athletes are expressing themselves politically in a way that is reminiscent of the 70s activists, staging support to a range of political issues on the world’s grandest stage.
We are living out a real time American Revolution that will change the course of American history for decades to come. The division of the country is palpable. The sharp contrast between the 2016 candidates is a reflection of the diverse population, and the ideologies that are clashing.
The Trump is dealing. He is making a deal with a people that are fed up with a do nothing Congress. A Congress in which a governmental shutdown, great recession, and a gross disrespect of the Constitution has occurred. Maybe even more upsetting to the people, the economy has not fully recovered from the ‘Great Recession’.
Trump supporters are willing to bet it all on a political outsider because the trust for politicians are so low. Millions of Americans who have lost houses, jobs, and healthcare are looking for a leader willing to put the citizens first. Americans are looking to vote for a statesman, not a politician. Now with the growing threat of ISIS, battle lines have been drawn within this election between religions. Who can fix a broken America?
President Abraham Lincoln once said ‘a divided house cannot stand.’ The Grand Ole Party is indeed broken. The Republican Party is fighting their own battle from within where two different Republican ideologies are emerging. In fact, Ronald Reagan, when answering a question about the formation of a third party stated, “I believe that a third party movement has the effect of dividing the people who share the same philosophy and usually winds up, because of that division, electing those they set out to oppose.”
Well, we are here. Traditional Republicans do not believe Trump represents true conservative ideology. The American people, fed up with politicians, are more willing to bet that a non-traditional radical businessman will be a better choice than a Cruz, Rubio, or a Kasich.
On the other side, it’s more of the same, with a twist. The eventual nomination of Hilary Clinton puts the Democrats in a position to make yet another landmark election, the first female President of the United States. The face of familiarity and return to Clinton politics is the allure of a Hilary candidacy. Yet this can also be viewed as another pivot from traditional democratic ideology.
What these two nominees signify is that the American public is evolving in its choices. They are choosing celebrity and superstardom over traditional politics. Social media is more important to campaigns than stomping in college gyms for the usual donors. If the GOP is going to stand a chance at regaining the White House, the party must unite.
When Reagan took office, he was dealing with a broken GOP. Watergate, Vietnam, the resignation of Nixon, and countless other political scandals had tainted the parties view in the eye of the American public. Yet, Reagan was able to unite the party without necessarily moving right center, he stayed as a traditional Republican. Yes, it is tempting to fight fire with fire against the superstar Democratic nominees, but a traditional Republican can win if the GOP becomes united. The only thing that is certain, the public will not tolerate business as usual. The next POTUS must fix the economy, confront terrorists directly, wherever they may be, and fix the hearts and minds of a frustrated and divided American public.
Hayden Williams III is a Pre Medical student at the University of San Francisco and the editor of the Voices section at Bold. He is a modern day renaissance man who blends biological and political theories to birth a new approach to philosophy, which he calls the “Biolithical” method. Hayden served in the United States Air Force after attending Morehouse College as a Psychology Major. While serving in the Air Force, he studied and became nationally certified as a radiologic technologist. Hayden hopes to one day help bring quality healthcare to developing countries around the world through the use of telemedicine.