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Donald Trump: It's just not his hair that's full of hot air.

Updated on August 30, 2015

Mere bluster, rhetoric and hot air?

What goes up must come down – an elementary law in physics, known to us all. However spectacularly a hot air balloon might rise up in the sky, it’s only a matter of time before it floats back to the ground.

The popularity of Donald Trump as a Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential elections continues to surge, nay soar, leaving many a political pundit lost for explanation.

“He has no substantial policies to offer – he won’t last long,” said a TV commentator ten weeks ago (when Trump announced his bid mid June) – with the commentator still waiting.

“Nothing that he says or does conforms to what one expects from a White House aspirant!” said another – only to find Trump’s popularity rising.

“Gosh, isn’t he arrogant? I’m sure he’s lost the women’s vote,” said a woman in a focus group, shortly after the first TV debate early August, after Trump’s response to the woman anchor. Turns out 60% of the registered Republican female voters said they would vote for him.

Hard to explain

Trump’s critics are coming round to the view that his phenomenal popularity can be attributed to his disdain for the politicians in Washington, and his uncanny ability to use sound bites that resonate well with many of our country’s frustrated folks. And by defying all traditional practices deemed successful to winning a Presidential election, he has garnered more supporters instead of losing them.

Meanwhile, the media, in their quest to boost their viewership, have not lost any opportunity to invite him for an interview; resulting in boosting his popularity – and his vast ego. Crowds of supporters mob him on his campaign trail where, with his now familiar bluster and cockiness, he belittles his foes, and mocks his rivals with the supreme confidence that he would get away with it all.

“There has been no substantive policy statement from him,” say his rivals. In response Trump says he would release them at the appropriate time, lest they lose the element of surprise.

A shrewd personality

He has displayed exceptional shrewdness in avoiding a direct confrontation on his vague statements on how he, as the President, would tackle the country’s and the world’s pressing problems with terrorism, economy and trade relations with China. Apart of course from his unambiguous views on the immigrants from Mexico, that vaulted him into the top slot, almost as soon as he made the statement. He now talks about the need to do away with the Fourteenth Amendment to our Constitution that grants automatic citizenship to children born in this country, a cry that has resonates well with many conservatives.

The Republican establishment is clearly not amused at what they consider Trump’s disruptive campaign. The chances of a Republican President being elected in 2016 diminish as long as the Trump wagon is on the roll, clearly to the advantage of the Democratic candidate.

So how long can this strange phenomenon last?

A spectacle to behold

A recent news item described the innovative design by a Chinese pyrotechnic artist who put up a dazzling display in the Huiyu Island in China. Called the Sky Ladder, he designed a 1,640 ft. structure that was suspended from a helium balloon. It was set ablaze from the base, and the ladder like structure lit up in the summer sky, likening it to a sparkling stairway to heaven. The spectacle lasted a full two minutes.

The Trump spectacle has lasted a considerably longer time. With virtually nothing of substance in his campaign to weigh it down, it continues to rise and seemingly float up, up and away, in the eyes of his supporters. But like a balloon filled with hot air, this spectacle will remain afloat only for some time. The end though is inevitable – it will drift down.

It’s hard to believe Trump’s presidential campaign can have any other ending.

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California


      I appreciated your response as well.

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      Prakash Dighe 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA


      I agree with you about the state of continual decline, and about Trump being the catalyst. Yes, both parties are to be blamed for the gridlock in Washington, and for the sense of frustration being felt by the people.

      Thanks for visiting the hub - I appreciate your comments.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      The republicans and the democrats got us to where we are today, in a continual decline.

      The voters need to figure it out that neither party has any solutions, and that both parties have brought down the country.

      Nothing is this hub is more than an emotional opinion, and wild speculation about Trump. What are the other candidates doing, nothing much except trying to protect their bums.

      Trump maybe be the catalyst to shake up both parties and finally work together for the people and the country. It doesn't matter who wins the presidency, just look at the history and you will see that neither party moved the country forward, but both parties moved the country left or right and then back again, but not forward.

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      Prakash Dighe 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA


      Sure is perplexing, this Trump mania, isn't it? I agree with your views - that politics will never be the same again, and that he is entertaining.

      Thanks for visiting my hub, and for your comments.

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      Prakash Dighe 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA


      It's surprising, isn't it, that he's not the preferred candidate of many, and yet everyone loves to have him around, and watch him on TV, particularly in the debates? Thanks for visiting my hub, and for your comments.

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      McKenna Meyers 2 years ago from Bend, OR

      It's interesting to ponder why Trump is resonating. Is it his absolute refusal to be politically correct in a world that has gone overboard in political correctness? Is it his scapegoating of illegal immigrants for all our woes? Is it his refusal to act like a politician? All I know is that he's entertaining, and I can't wait to hear what he says next. I think politics as usual will never be the same. Thought-provoking hub!

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      As a Republican, he is not my preferred candidate. However, he speaks his mind, no matter how misguided and has given a voice to a very angry (and mostly white/Anglo) constituency. He certainly is entertaining. It doesn't matter who the GOP runs, they will lose. I have to admit that. My party is in a state of transition and it will take another decade to clean house. By that I mean no more social conservatives running the party. I like Christie and Kasich, but they will never be heard by the populace at large. Great topic.