Reality TV politics

Published 10:20 am Monday, November 23, 2015

Normally I like to write about more local items and issues, but with Donald Trump coming relatively close to home last weekend, I thought it was a good time to share some presidential political thoughts.

When Trump first jumped onto the presidential candidate scene, announcing his intent to run, Trump Mania was everywhere. As I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon of the latest trend, I waited to see just what his plan was and how he intended to right this ship.

After watching the first Republican presidential debate where I was sure he was going to share his plan, I turned off the TV less than satisfied. Plan, what plan? When asked about specifics, each was turned into “I’ve built a billion dollar business, so I can fix this,” or “We will just make them do better,” but not explaining how.

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OK, this was his first debate, so maybe he will learn from it and get better.

Still not a fan, I watched the second debate strictly to see if he was better at explaining himself and to see what it was that his supporters were so excited about. The second debate was no better. Skirting around the issues again was looking like his platform. But still Trump Mania continued. Trump has his finger on the frustrated pulse of our nation. He says the things that many individuals across our country feel. He has become a voice that many have been wanting for a very long time.

I was certain that by the third debate people would start to see that a man with no plan and a big mouth is a very scary person to get behind when you need something fixed. You simply cannot unite a nation when you tell everyone that you disagree with “You’re Stupid” or “They’re Idiots.”

Then it dawned on me.


We live in a day and age where a large majority of our population watches reality television, sometimes nightly. And, with reality television, there really is no point to each show. Simply the masses watching other people say and do things that cause drama.

This is exactly what Trump is doing with his political platform and why people love it. I ask this question: If Trump had not been the star of the reality TV show “The Apprentice” over the past few years, would he still command the support that he has?

I don’t think so.


Picture him as a businessman only — not an entertainer — who has filed for bankruptcy multiple times to keep his corporation afloat. Yes, I know, bankruptcies are a part of business and are there to help during tough times.

However, when used multiple times they become a scapegoat for continued uncorrected errors and a part of a struggling business plan. Now ask yourself: how is this type of experience going to turn our nation around?

It’s still very early to tell, but the word is that he will not win the Republican nomination. If that is the case, he has said that he will run as an independent. At that point, it’s anybody’s guess as to how this will play out and who will become the next president of the United States.


But one thing is for sure. If he wins, reality TV fans need to start planning now for “Your Fired at the White House”, airing weekly at 8 p.m. Central.