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The Trump Phenomenon

Updated on August 27, 2015

Daddy the government could do things better.

What if we had no preconception of how our politicians should act.
What if we had no preconception of how our politicians should act. | Source

Wow! How off the mark they are!

All the talking heads and political pundits are so off the mark that it is scary to watch. Oh sure Trump is the catalyst but the real juice is in what we are told and the focus of a nation. If you view Trump as a political figure you are missing the real substance. Trump is a personal social issue. Right or wrong, left or right Trump is not about the politics of a nation as much as he is about the feelings of a nation. We bond or reject him not from the stagnant hallows of politics but from a gut intuition and free flow association with what he is doing.

Once I read the story of The Emperor's New Clothes to my young son. He was interested but not amused. He basically just looked at me and said "duh". Of course the Emperor had no clothes on. Of course it was foolish. Of course the little boy in the story was right. My son just did not get the nuance of how blindly stupidly people follow the garbage they are told. My son did not and did not get other people doing it. Trump is that little boy in all of us.

Just don't take my coconuts

Inviting? Intriguing? Or just another day?

A walk on down a old dusty road can look anew with someone new to walk with.
A walk on down a old dusty road can look anew with someone new to walk with. | Source

Toss aside that old crusty thought.

Does what the man says strike you with a feeling? Somebody someplace came up with this concept that our brain and our feelings can and should be kept separate. Very logical indeed. The trouble is that it just does not work. Great idea but impossible. So when we watch and absorb politics we try to turn off our emotions and think logically. And then we get all opinionated and try to convince others of our thoughts but we do it all emotionally. It is very hard for many people to even speak of politics in a civil tone. Bashing the other side is normal and intelligent debate is very rare. But it is not heartfelt, it always boils down to a visceral recitation of some sides rhetoric.

So here we have a Trump appealing, or not appealing to our feelings. It is so brazen and out of political character that we are not appropriately reading it. We just have to put this round peg into a square hole. Well it don't fit!

Go ahead and take the plunge

Let go. Feel Trump. Probably the most normal reaction is going to be that you do not like him. Egotistical, emotional, flamboyant and just too much of the ugly American we have been taught to dislike over the past 3 decades. But perhaps there is that emotional child within you that stumbles and grumbles and says "I wish I had said that". Of course you keep that to yourself. How often through history has it been the case that the leaders were just someone who said what we were thinking but were afraid to say.

Saying it wrong. Well well aren't we the high and mighty ones. As a nation we seem to love to criticize how someone said something not the meat of what they said. "People judge you by the words you use". Well if I came out and said that an illiterate was stupid because he could not speak proper English I would be condemned.Nowadays you can bash a man if he speaks well but in a manner you do not like, but not one who is too lazy to say what he thinks correctly. "It wasn't what he said it was how he said it", tells us that we are more concerned with how we feel than the subject at hand. When are we going to grow up and stop judging something by how it was presented. Give me a wrinkled up nasty old 100 dollar bill any day over a flowery promise to pay me next Tuesday.

The staid and dignified elder statesmen make me sick. Where the hell is the passion and love of life? Do it wrong go ahead, but do it! In my day the polished and groomed proper folk from old money and dignified surroundings brought us the "conflict" in Vietnam. They were so slow to react to things they brought us race riots but they were suitably horrified. If you do not stand for something you will fall for anything. I would really like to see my president pissed off, just once. And I do not mean at a politically incorrect jab at his ego. I mean about something important. I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore.

Go ahead and shut up and be a good boy

A rattlesnake just crossing the road

This old boy don't even need to rattle and I still back off.
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Back to Trump

Hate him, go ahead. But by golly feel something. And I do not mean feel what you are supposed to feel, feel what you really feel.

What we really know.

He is rich. He is a showman. Nobody is paying his way. He is extremely popular. Notice here we do not address the political aspects of the man. We really are not interested. Isn't the election something like over a year away? Don't we have a World Series and a Superbowl in between now and then? Hey if you have a child they will be in a new grade by then. If you just got pregnant you will have an infant by then.We will have had two different labor days by then. Give me a break. If you think what is going on right now is about electing a new President for the USA, wake up.

It seems that about 3 years ago America was tired of the way things were. And I mean tired. Well when you get tired you rest but sooner or later you get up again and are ready to go again. I don't think we are tired anymore. We are starting to get our pep back. We are beginning again to have the energy to care. And we do not care for business as usual.

During my half century or so foray into the business world one thing has become very obvious. Stagnation is death. Our current leaders are not just stagnant they are in a quagmire and their self made swamp needs a serious draining.

Since the mid 90"s everything has changed. This information explosion has created a whole new playing field. Since the 70's our entire structure of the family, churches, business, environment, sports, schools and property has radically changed. But guess what? Nobody has revamped our political system to reflect these changes.If I am the first one to tell you this I am sorry, political correctness is dead, it just does not know it yet. We are sick of this insistence on feeling good about everything. Some things just plain suck. The crap we are fed is no longer a slant of pc way to say something, the crap is just plain lies.We need to start being proud of who we are, not ashamed to be winners and not clamoring to be victims.


Trump?

I am biased against East Coast people, I hate comb overs, I think anyone who is rich either got it given to them like spoiled brats or they raped their fellow man in order to "get ahead". I hate reality TV shows, especially like that "your fired" one. Egotists are on my pile of people to avoid. I despise folks who seek the limelight.

I sure hope someone comes along and does what Trump is doing that is not Trump.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Your opening paragraph was right on! Trump really isn't about politics. He's about striking the collective nerve of a nation. Some time ago I heard a quote...I don't remember who said it....it went something like take several million middle-classed people, people who are struggling, who have no answers, who are disillusioned and who just want someone to blame for their struggles. In the absence of a voice of reason, those several million people will listen to anyone who steps to the front and shouts loudly and often.

      Trump is the perfect storm in an imperfect society looking for someone to blame.

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      Marlene Bertrand 23 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Well, don't sugar coat it, Eric. Just tell it like it is. Haha! Just teasing, you know. I totally agree with you. Trump is opening up a lot of cans and stirring up a lot of emotions. But, if I am to be truly honest with myself and others I must admit that I can get behind all the things Trump is saying. The first day I read his Tweet about his stand on the world and what he would do to change it, I tweeted back to him, letting him know in 140 characters or less that I stand behind him. I like what I am hearing from him and I hope other people wake up and admit that they like what he is saying. Enough with the politically correct stuff. Let's take this country back to where it belongs. Well, maybe not all the way back, but at least back to the time when we could say the pledge of allegiance in public.

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      I love Trump! I love how he has the Republicans and a few Democrats all riled up and boiling -- sort of like fire ants when you just vaguely disturb their hill.

      Trump is into money and power. If he gets that far, he may just try to get the presidency for real -- the American president is said to be the most powerful person in the world -- what a trip that would be for Trump, eh?

      I wouldn't vote for him, but I do enjoy all the hoopla he's creating. He supported Hillary when she ran last time and favored the Affordable Care Act once upon a time. Is everyone certain he's truly a Republican?

      If he actually won, could anyone, Homey Simpson, or even The Donald be a worse president than GW? We've somehow survived the Shrub-- just barely, and I think after they send him to charm school, Trump couldn't do worse. Even if they don't send him to charm school, he couldn't do worse. Dubya had the whole world mad at us even before he was sworn in, and the only thing he really had going for himself was charm. Gets it from his mother I think. ;)

      The Donald has a PAC, so who says he's not in it for the money? He charged admission to his recent rally, and the man loves money more than most people love chocolate. He's higher than a kite on all the love he's getting from his hordes of supporters right now.

      If he did win he would probably experience something like a lot of people do the day after Christmas. You know, when all the excitement is over and the tree looks more like a carcass to be hauled away than a celebration waiting to happen? All the presents have been opened and they were all socks and jammies as usual, but you didn't know that for sure until you opened them. Now it's over and there's nothing left but to clean up the mess and get back to the same old same old of every day.

      So after he's sworn in, if that happens, Trump may experience a slight low point -- until he remembers who he is and hears those unmistakable notes to Hail To the Chief.

      He scored more points after he had the Univision Reporter removed from his press conference, and still more points when he let the guy back in. When the reporter answered him honestly about not having seen his poll numbers, Trump said, "Now I like him. He answered honestly and I like that. Now he's OK." Or something along those lines. People like what appears to be The Donald's honesty.

      Were it not for Trump, who would be paying attention to the primaries this early in the game? Most people don't understand politics at all, but they think they do. It's so much more complicated than most people are able to wrap their minds around.

      Most people look at the ocean and make all their judgments on what they see, pretty straight forward, either black or white. Trouble is, most of what's going on with the ocean is under the surface and not so easy to see. Requires some effort and study. Politics is no different.

      Most people haven't a clue about what's going on under the surface of the ocean or what's under the surface of politics, but some of them sure do get angry if you don't agree with their simplistic viewpoint.

      And they quickly plug their ears if they think you are going to explain something to them. The last thing they want is to learn something. "Dear God, they cry. Please not this. If I learn something, I won't fit in with my friends and family anymore. I'll be different and everyone will shun me. Can't have that." So they remain ignorant. Ignorance is a choice, unlike stupidity.

      By remaining ignorant, people set themselves up as sitting ducks for any liar who comes along. They tend to believe the same liars their parents and grandparents believed. It's a family tradition. Politicians don't know this do they? Yes, they do. And they use it against their supporters -- because they can.

      Trump is like the Pied Piper of Hamelin and all those people who don't know any better are being taken in. He's always been about money and power.

      I'm sitting back and enjoying the show. Why? Because people refuse to be educated and I can't tell you how many have told me directly that they don't want to have to think. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it think -- I mean drink.

      What do you expect from people who don't want to think? It's not a secret and there are plenty of people, especially politicians, only to happy to think for people who can't be bothered to do it for themselves -- while all the while they're insisting they do think for themselves. Sure they do.

      It's a long time until the nominees are chosen and much will happen in the mean time. It's looking like a very entertaining election season if nothing else . . .

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene that is just so danged healthy. Hooray for you. It sounds like you are supporting what you feel is our best course of action, not what you are told to support. Heck I am inspired that you are inspired. How is that for a positive change!?

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ms. Clark that is quite a bit to say. You made me take notice. One thing really struck me -- He is all about money and power. Hmmm? We are way in debt and we are losing influence throughout the world. So we follow some guy who is about getting money and brokering power -- shoot that just might work! Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Bill, you and I are a long way from home venturing into the political waters but why not? I hear that Americans today are more worried about losing something than they ever are happy about getting something. Well I would not mind one bit losing our current status quo. Let us keep on caring.

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      Mel Carriere 23 months ago from San Diego California

      Agree with your assessment that politicians should show their true selves sometimes, but I tremble to think what might happen with hothead Trump in possession of the nuclear suitcase. He might launch nukes at the Russians as a publicity stunt. Great hub, my friend, try to stay cool this weekend because it's supposed to be a scorcher.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      how much did i enjoy this hub.. not only the trump factor, but how many nerves it hits.. love the way you compiled the hub too would have voted awesome if i could bless you

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Commenting from the outside looking in, Eric, I love your assessment of the US political situation, the race for the White House and the Trump Phenomena. Some time ago I remember commenting that I didn't care what happened with the next US election as long a Trump doesn't become president. Most of my assessment of him came from watching "The Apprentice" years ago. Since then I may have changed my mind somewhat. I still don't like the man, but some of what he proposes doesn't seem so bad, he may not cower down to pressure like other politicians, and America does need a change of direction. He does remind me a little of Clive Palmer, one of Australia's richest men, a mining magnate who ran for Prime Minister in our last election. He created his own political party which he financed himself and of course didn't become Prime Minister but did win a four seats and balance of power in the Senate. He promised a lot of things that people wanted to hear before the election but afterwards backflipped on most of them. What I'm trying to say is, you all have to decide whether you can trust Donald Trump to do what he says he will, or is he just saying what people want to hear (and wish they could say but aren't game) to get elected? I love the last paragraph and especially the final sentence "I sure hope someone comes along and does what Trump is doing that is not Trump."

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, it is so doggone hot around here I think someone already done dropped that A bomb right there in Bonita. Sorry about that loss to Texas, those Seetwater boys sure did us proud.

      I think the loss of potential consumers would keep Trump from wiping folks out.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank, Thank you very much. I have to say this was hard to write. I really wanted to jump right into the fray and say what I really thought. But soon I realized I don't know exactly what I think about the whole interesting thing.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John,

      Thank you for that looking glass perspective. It is very valuable. I had a teammate once that lead us to a championship. Man we did not like that guy at all and when the season was done "he had no friends". But he did lead us to get the job done. Down deep it makes me reflect; what are those character traits of mine I do not like, but help me get things that need to be done done?

      We are in fact a brash, kind of unrestrained nation of peoples. We have been trying to deny that now for years. We have been working hard at being a kinder, gentler more likable mob. Perhaps it is time we accept our stripes and make the best of it rather than try being something we are not. I have an older brother like Trump, I still love him and I deeply respect him, I just don't hang out with him much.

      I definitely trust Trump. Like I trust a rattlesnake to rattle before I accidentally step on him and get bit.

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      James C Moore 23 months ago from The Great Midwest

      So Ericdierker, how do you really feel? Great insight on the flavor of the moment that is Donald Trump.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

      Statement after statement and point after point, well said! Your analysis of the Trump situation is right on! There are a few people I will invite to read this. Wish I had written it! Go Eric!

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      Dana Tate 23 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I wish I could say something profound and intelligent like your other commentators but I can't. Sadly I have not been up to date with the political party. I have become disillusioned along time ago with the many promises that never seem to come to pass. With that being said, I was in the library talking with a gentlemen friend of mine and he mentioned Trump. Well, I immediately started bashing Trump. I was saying how he wasn't a real candidate and egotistical and, I'm sure you get the picture. Well my friend started enlightening me on some of the things Trump stood for and I realized that I was basing my opinion on feelings and not facts. According to my friend, who does keep up with politics, Trump was saying some pretty good stuff. Does this mean I will vote for Trump- no. Does this mean I will be less judgmental and keep my personal feelings out of this- yes. This article was right on time. An excellent read Eric. Definitely sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      James, he is like that old swimming hole we dive into from 40 feet up or so. We are pretty sure it is all clear below the water line, but before we dive somebody has to swim around down there to check for snags or other bad stuff. In this case the reflection is just too bright off the waterline, I can't be sure of anything down there. But it is still fun to wade around the edges.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, thank you much. Perhaps if we keep the rhetoric on the down low and the conversation focused on positive we will learn as a people. Let us keep up the dialogue in friendship.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, I hope it was a short break, I know you have a lot of studying to do. I have a friend who makes Karl Marks and Ghandi look right wing, and another that is so far right he makes the tea party kids look like socialists. Well they both just told me to write this piece yesterday so here it is. Dang even my wife who cares as much about politics as I do nail polish asked about him. I guess we are just going to have to face some of the issues he raises. Thank you Dana and best of luck with your studies.

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      Peg Cole 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was refreshingly unpolitical in its own way. I love The Donald if only for the purpose of his stirring up the status quot. He has caused a lot of discomfort in the campaign bullpens that has forced some of the candidates to stand on their own two feet and tell us what they're really about.

      I just finished reading Donald's book, "The America We Deserve" written in 2000. What he said then still holds true for the most part and the predictions he made have come to pass. We need him.

      I also like what you said, "political correctness is dead, it just does not know it yet." Hooray for that. It's about time people started really talking again.

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      Peg Cole 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      You know, I typed status quo and quo was underlined with a squiggly red line. So I changed it to the recommended spelling, quot, and guess what? It's wrong. Hello HubPro basic. Oh, boy.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I saw that quo quot thingy so I had to look up the word quot: And it is a word created by the Robo Spellers, at least the best I can tell.

      When I wrote this, I stopped to think when was the last time I was offended by what someone said. Chagrined maybe, Wowed maybe, head shaking maybe and even disgusted maybe -- but offended? "I take offense at that", really? I think I am more offended by pompous silence.

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Eric...IMHO, this may just be your best work. You've said it all and said it well.....about Trump, that is.

      Uncharacteristically, today I am taking the easy road to comment. Au fait has given a positively brilliant & rational comment (as usual). The woman simply knows what to say and how to say it. In this case, I agree with her every opinion on Trump, the public's reaction, as well as the Politicians and media response to "The Donald."

      You may read her comment again....while I silently Thank her for writing my identical thoughts. Appears to me, her take on Trump has said it all for an awful lot of us!! We get to just say, "Ditto!"

      Again Eric....you did a great job on this!.....Peace, Paula

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Paula. What would happen if thinking was somehow revered? We all love to watch a pro athlete at her sport and we hold them up. But we sniggle and giggle at someone who actually spends time working at the work of thinking. Somewhere along the line we got bamboozled into accepting some silly notion that because someone is breathing they are thinking and we are supposed to accept lazy, untrained thinking as just as good as someone who actually works at it. Like it is a sensitivity right or something. It has become illegal to attribute a thought to just plain thinking, it has to be accredited to someone -- google?

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      What would happen if thinking was somehow revered?.....I'm sure you won't mind if I think about this for a respectable amount of time before blurting out some jibberish?.......LOL

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Eric,

      I am so happy I waited until this day to catch up on your thought-provoking writings, as I have more time to enjoy every word.

      I am so tired of the whole PC thing and I am over it. I am glad The Donald is shaking up the status quo and saying exactly what he thinks come what may. I shuddered the first time I heard The Donald was running for President, but now that I have actually taken time out to listen to what he is saying ...well, I have to admit, I'm glad he is not afraid to say what he thinks and it is causing an uproar among the other politicians, who may just need to get a clue too LOL.

      Au fait's comments are spot on, and good for her, as Paula stated "Ditto"!

      I am with you there on your very last statement about hoping that someone else will come along who is not Trump and do what he is doing : )

      I am glad you included that quote by Aaron Tippin for far too many seem to stand for nothing ...

      Blessings and sharing everywhere

      Please know you got one of my votes on the Hubbie Awards.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Faith,

      You brighten my day through your presence. If apathy be the opposite of love then truly complacency is the opposite of a vibrant growing society. I need somebody to call me on my bull. And by not speaking out I become part of the same old bull we have been allowing for far too long. We just might owe a debt to the Donald for getting our juices flowing.

      You remind me of Ephesians 6:16 Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I saw this and knew it was a 'must'! To be honest the comments are almost as interesting as the hub!

      From the outside, a system where the man running for office spends a billion dollars of other people's money has to be strange especially when you have a 'house of representatives' or Senate that can kill any initiatives they don't like!

      Trump is putting up his own money and I've got the impression if he gets in no politician will get in the way of what ge sees needing to be done!

      I personally don't like the soundbites coming out about his views on Vietnam PoW's and women but the media has a habit of only telling what they want you to hear. I do think he'll bring America's deficit under control, and in doing so the whole world will benefit, we night not like the medicine but as my Grandmother used to say "If it tastes good its probably useless!"

      By the way here in NZ a few years ago we put a Banker in charge, this year for the first time in twenty years the government books will be in the black! We'll be repaying the debt and able to afford looking after those who neef it!

      Great hub

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Paula I missed your comment earlier. Very funny. I hope thinking is going well for you ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence,

      Did you know that here in the US the number one mentioned cause for trouble in marital relationships is money? I suppose that really translates into security. And then that probably has to do with trust. Perhaps while I do not trust anyone who would be a politician I might just trust a man spending his own money more than one who spends others money. Thanks for sending me into that proper area of consideration. What is your banker's name - I want to look into it?

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric.

      Same the world over. The Banker's name is John Key, our present prime munister! We have a system here called MMP which is basically "proportional representation" where half the Members are elected but the other half are 'list' MP's off a party list decided on the percentage of the vote the party got, for every 5% you get another two seats in the house and you can have members there who never got voted for!

      Its supposed to get the little parties into parliament but the last two elections the country was so sick of the left wing socialists the centre right party got enough seats to govern alone!

      They haven't done everything we wanted them to but at least the books are balanced. John Key also turned down the PM's salary as he said he was wealthy enough! He gives his to charity!

      Hope this helps

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks a bunch. I sure learned a whole lot in just a little. Now I look forward to learning more and more about your country's experiences. Watch for more around this subject!

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Hi Eric, very interesting hub!

      Donald Trump is lapping up the adulation of his worshipers like a thirsty hound dog laps up water.

      I don’t think the Donald really cares about being President, but he is getting drunk on the power that he loves, but I don’t see how he can win over the “Drowning in Apathy” crowd, (as I portray in my hub of the same name) who don’t care one way or the other and will not bother to vote.

      The Trump sure is entertaining, glad he is running, but hope he does not win, even though in my opinion he is the best Republican candidate running that includes Romney.

      There is a movie titled "The Movie Donald Trump doesn't want you to see. I think you would find it fascinating.

      Have a good weekend.

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      Let me find all of the surperlatives I can to describe this writing...stupendous, awesome, and right on+++++

      The thing about Trump is he has not filter...be that positive or negative...there just seems to be NO topic he will not speak about candidly and often abrasively.

      Whether we agree with him or not, he says it likes he sees it.

      I am not a Trump fan...but I do watch his antics and wonder.... what's next

      Great hub

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      Angels are winging their way to you brining blessings and all...ps

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shyron thank you for your visit and insightful comments. I am finding myself agreeing and disagreeing with him for what he says. Strange but he is helping me get over the "who said it?" syndrome. I was falling into the trap of who is the messenger instead of what is the message? We don't need another hero.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I've been called a political junkie and I guess I am. I get into political debates totally, but Trump is stealing the show. I must admit that I like some of his ideas, like helping the lower class but does he mean it, or is he just blowing in the wind? If money is the important factor, he will win. I like Hillary but I get bashed every time I say it. It is difficult for me to understand why she would send emails like she did, although none were classified, ( Some were marked classified after she turned them over. ) Another aspect bothers me, what is wrong with Jeb speaking Spanish? It is taught in school and he's married to a Spanish lady. I like this article. It makes one think and that's good. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia,

      I must admit that I have a lot of friends that do not view things the way I do on both politics and religion, two hot button subjects. But we are friends because we speak our minds openly and freely. I know Donald is not running for friend -- but still, I guess I have to grudgingly give him my admiration.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby,

      A buddy of mine told me to listen to Jeb speaking Spanish. I hate to say this but he sounds like an East Coast Spanish speaker, and us Southwesterners don't cotton to that accent. LoL (yes that is poking some fun at Trump's accent also) I am close to, my elder daughter and my wife, who just loved Hillary as a beacon for women two decades ago. They are a little hang dogged faced over her recent issues.

      Let us hope that Donald keeps stirring the pot, it is good for this stew we call America.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Well, I'm going out on a limb here, but not only do I like Trump, I would vote for him!

      So much of what you said is true. Do I agree with every word out of his mouth? Certainly not. Is he a breath of fresh air in politics? Definitely.

      As to the rally where admission was charged, he claims it wasn't his idea. Whether it was or not, that $100 admission is certainly less than all the money the other politicians are raising to run!

      It seems only the rich get elected in this country, so why not a ridiculously rich man who believes in this country? Why not a rich man who actually knows how to run a business and make money? Wouldn't it be nice if this country was in the black instead of the red? We owe China and Japan each, 1.3 trillion dollars. Isn't there something wrong with that picture? Trump seems to think there is.

      This man does not have speech writers, he speaks mostly off the cuff. He sometimes says things that make you question him, but he actually says things that make you think, not just shiver and fear for our future. Politically correct doesn't bother him because he owes no one anything.

      This was a great, thought provoking hub, and yes, babies born while this presidential run is going on, might just see a better day and I too hope Donald keeps stirring the pot!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary it is good to hear your thoughts on the matter. Isn't it funny that we feel a need to preface an endorsement of someone that the highest percentage of people endorse. If things continue as they are it will be the norm to support Trump.

      He really does not have speech writers? And he does as well as he does? Makes one pause to consider.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Mary, I think it is preferable that Don charges an entrance fee for his rallies (he has stopped doing that) over accepting huge amounts of donations from corporate suits who expect something in return.

      Yesterday the talking heads were all abuzz about some so-called stumbles Mr. Trump made regarding terrorists and their organizations. The fact is that none of the candidates will be given access to classified information. The president elect will receive briefings like the sitting president, but until someone is the president elect, they won't know much of anything that isn't in the news, so I personally don't see his so-called stumble as terribly important. Anyone can memorize the names of these terrorist organizations and their leaders, but what does that prove by itself?

      Yes, I love that Trump is stirring the pot. I think both parties need to be roused out of their business as usual attitudes. He has a lot of people taking notice who don't usually vote and I think that's a good thing too. Maybe they will pay attention and vote this time around.

      While I'm not a Trump fan per se, at this time, I might change my mind if he actually becomes the nominee. With 14 months to go before the election is decided a lot of things can happen.

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      Sherry Hewins 22 months ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I've never been able to stand him, I've always thought he was an ass, and he hasn't done anything to change my mind. However, I think that if he did end up being the president, he would not to 1/10 of the things he talks about (and that's a good thing.) For one thing, he wouldn't really have the power to do them, for another, no president does 1/10 of the things he talks about.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is very interesting to watch how a man can act when he doesn't need to act a certain way in order to have money.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sherry it seems like you are saying he is just another politician.

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      Theresa Ast 22 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful, wonderful Hub. Trump as a serious candidate, taken seriously by folks horrifies me, but it shouldn't surprise me. As you pointed out, for some time now Americans have shouted each other down based on frustration and raw emotion, not on logic, facts, or intelligent thought. Sad and rather scary too. Love your closing sentence. :)

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      Randy Godwin 22 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Eric, after the idiot Sarah Palin was in the running for VP, nothing surprises me anymore. :o

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sarah Palin was the direct fault of McCain. WHAT the hell was he thinking? Should have chosen a running mate with his big head, not the little one. All I know is that Tina Fey became my hero!

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Paula, you seem to be reading my mind, even to the point of choosing your -- MY words!

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Uh-Oh....we're "bad." or would that be just honest & upfront? Why mince words?

      Perhaps there's some "telepathy" going on here. LOL

      Spooky as it seems, just yesterday I viewed a 2-Hr interview of "Rupert Sheldrake," and his controversial "morphic resonance," theory.

      Brilliant & fascinating man who has taken undeserving guff from his peers for some of his research results. Get a chance, google him (You Tube too)............Paula

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa,

      I have a real problem. I have always voted. I see it as a duty, along with being informed. I like most people. But I don't like any of the running politicians. It sets wrong with me to vote for the least worst. Got any ideas?

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Randy it is always good to hear your thoughts on a matter. Interesting that you used the term "running for VP". I guess that is how we view it.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Paula, I have taken a look at Mr. Sheldrake through Scientific American. I love him! I have known about theories like his for years and I believe there is something to them. He's a brilliant man and that's part of his trouble. Most people are of average intelligence and they do not understand people who have greater intelligence than themselves and as with Einstein in his early years, average IQ folks even think smarter people are mentally challenged! Yes, people of ordinary intelligence often imagine smart people are slow or worse because they cannot themselves understand what comes easily to very intelligent people. That's another issue, which I am in the process of writing about. Yes, I am. It's taking so long because I'm trying to write it in a way that people of average intelligence (the majority) will understand. :)

      So anyway, aside from collective and inherited memory, the subject of telepathy is another ingredient. I personally believe that everyone has telepathy in varying degrees just like everyone has musical ability or mathematical ability, or other abilities, in varying degrees. Yes, some have very little or all but none and some are geniuses in their field while most people fall somewhere in between those extremes.

      Appreciate your telling me about Sheldrake. I've only had time to glance at his story and his work, but I will look into him much more as time passes.

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      Theresa Ast 22 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric - That is a hard one. It is a very discouraging and contentious and unpromising line up so far. Perhaps as the process continues someone will stand out above the res, someone we could give our support too. But, that may not happen....

      Once before I felt there was no one I could vote for, so I didn't. But I decided that for the next four years I would really pay attention to, educate myself and others, and try to be a positive force in terms of local North Georgia issues and politics. I felt good about that, learned a lot, and supported a man from our church who ran for the Board of Education in my county. :)

      Don't know if that helps or not. If and when you come up with you strategy, you let me know. :) Blessings. Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Will do.

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