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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is Donald Trump The 'Bad Medicine' This Country Needs?

Remember as a kid when you got sick? After putting a cool hand to your fevered brow fretful parents would rummage through the medicine chest or run down to the drugstore and get you some medicine. "Take this, it will make it better" you were told. And with a face prepared for the worse you swallowed the suspicious looking liquid. The 'bad medicine' lived up to its name but after a while you began to feel a little better.

If you had told me one year ago Donald Trump would be a leading presidential candidate of 2016 I probably would have laughed it off as some political joke, waiting for the punchline. I have no animosity towards him. With the economy in the shape it's in, a good dose of capitalism would benefit the country. Sure, I cringe at some of the things he says, but I tend to like people that are upfront about what they think. Regardless, in this politically correct environment I doubted Trump's bluntness would get much traction with other folk.

So you can imagine my surprise when the media outlets began to reveal his polling numbers. I assumed family members and friends would quickly discard such nonsense and crown Trump a rich, arrogant fool. But I was the one fooled.

Who knows at this juncture how things will unfold. This narrative is not to analyze the pros and cons of such a presidency. I leave that dear reader in your hands. But this writer can't help but wonder if Donald Trump may be the 'bad medicine' this country needs to get better.