Why Donald Trump and Ben Carson are leading the pack

trump_carson_featWhy are Donald Trump and Ben Carson surging ahead in the polls? What is causing their smashing popularity among voters surveyed? A new poll from SurveyUSA even shows Trump walloping Hillary Clinton by 5 points. The same polls show deterioration in support for some of the “establishment” Republican candidates.

People are scratching their heads over these developments, but a closer look shows it shouldn’t be a big mystery. Here’s a hint: Neither Trump nor Carson have ever held elected office, and neither have embraced political correctness.

It’s becoming clear: Large numbers of American voters are emerging who are sick of politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail and do another after they possess the power of elected or appointed office. And most of the other Republican candidates, as well as Clinton, are electeds or appointees. Voters are looking for a breath of fresh air, because they are unsatisfied or “mad as hell” with government and its politicians.

It’s beginning to dawn on American voters that our political leadership class has failed our country, causing a growing sense of contempt with this leadership. Large disconnects have developed between leaders and the public. Voters lack confidence in our national leaders to take us into a future that works; we’re in a bear market in confidence, caused by our experience with leaders like Barack Obama.

Our nation’s political class has pushed for the entrenchment of statist policies, government central planning, more socialism and big-government “solutions” in American life. The political class has failed to inform citizens about the true state of the U.S. economy—poo-pooing $18 trillion in national debt, and $107 trillion in Social Security, Medicare and other unfunded entitlement liabilities—along with other growing dangers all of us will soon face. Our leaders have concealed these liabilities by calling them “unofficial” and keeping them off the current books. Further, the political class has guided America to sink into a system where more citizens now take from government than contribute to it.

The American political class protects itself and sticks together too much, even when they are in opposing parties. They accept each other’s excuses, “scratch each other’s backs” on legislative expenditures, and they support a status quo continuance which keeps them in power and in control. And the media is compliant in this process, so long as their political agenda is served.

Americans sense that too many people enter politics because their real goal is to control something: control wealth to channel it to their own purposes; control people’s behavior in search of some secular utopia; control the system of laws to serve political ends; control outcomes. They make choices based on self-interest. When asked, politicians often lie about why they’re running: the classic line is “I want to give back to the community.”

There’s nothing evil about wanting to control outcomes. But candidates should be honest about it, and they aren’t. Instead, they camouflage their intentions with lofty rhetoric.

Often, the behavior of some sinks to the unethical, pushed by paid political spinmeisters creating strategies based on “What do we have to say, to win?” Never mind the truth. The politician who sinks the lowest is the one who transforms, magically, into a new person, constructing a shell persona that hides the real self. We see it too much in national politicians.

All this is why Donald Trump and Ben Carson are attracting huge support. They have not been part of the building of America’s national socialist calamity. They are truly antiestablishment outsiders, not part of the existing political class, no “politics as usual.” The result is that voters may be willing to take a chance, in the case of Trump, on a non-politician who knows how to effectively run a large, complicated, sprawling organization, and who calls a spade a spade, in the original classic Greek meaning.

Something is going terribly wrong with our political system, which is broken for those who achieve and are productive, causing historic lows in the public trust of politicians. The country is in crisis, which means anything can happen in next year’s election.

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John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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