America is faced with a political crisis that many seem not to realize exists, as the Presidential Election campaign of 2016 evolves.
Businessman Donald Trump is looked at by many as a cartoon character, someone not to be taken seriously.
This is a major mistake, as Donald Trump is a maniac and an egotist who endangers American politics and foreign relations.
Many people laugh and say there is no way that Trump can be the Republican Presidential nominee, and no way he could be elected President.
While that certainly seems legitimate to believe, the discontent of the American people with their political system and the role of America in world affairs, means that there is no way to say how Americans at large might react to Trumps’s blustering, bullying, and braggadocio.
Trump has been on the attack against every Republican candidate for President, and has not minced words in his insults, and it makes great theater.
But his insults undermine the concept of civility and decency in our politics, and will lead to a further disillusionment and deterioration of our body politic.
It seems apparent that Trump will run as a third party candidate, since the GOP will do everything it can to prevent his nomination, and that will insure that the Democrats will win, the only good result that is likely to occur from the Trump candidacy.
But Trump should not be seen as simply a laughable figure who adds entertainment to the political scene.
He must be seen for what he really is—a dangerously mentally ill and unstable personality, who could cause the spread of racism and nativism as legitimate, since he is engaged in such beliefs. He could also cause international instability with his attacks on Mexico, Russia, China, Iran and other nations, as many ill informed Americans might agree with his sentiments on these nations, and could, therefore, provoke new stresses on President Obama’s ability to control foreign relations.
We do not need a “loose cannon” who has no limits and endangers the nation, as his rhetoric could also inspire “lone wolves” to attempt to harm President Barack Obama, as well as any and all of the Presidential candidates, and even, ironically, Donald Trump himself! Do not forget that Trump still contends that Obama was not born in the United States, and “Birthers” still congregate around him and his candidacy!