The Emotional Side of Trump

Over the past few decades, maybe longer, America has seemingly taken on a change. In fact, the world has. After WWII, America seemed invincible. Men were home from war, the economy was doing well, people were moving into suburbs, and innovation such as the TV enhanced the American Dream.  And even with proxy wars occurring in the years to come, it seemed a time where you couldn’t make a better life anywhere else. It created a shift where people were discovering new ways of living and conveniences that would forever change the world.  The picture painted for those of us that haven’t lived through it, is that of a white picket fence, lassie, and parents waving in the front yard as your rode you bike down the street. The dust had settled and things were becoming calm.

Then decades later, America experienced an unsettling awakening. The disastrous day that we remember as 9/11.  Two planes crashed into the World Trade Centers, one into the Pentagon, and another in came down in a field in PA.  You see, acts of war do not take place on American soil. We proved this with our flex of muscle in WWII.  We had become so far removed from the idea of war on our territory, that the threat and execution of a terroristic attack conjured feelings that many Americans had either never fathomed outside of a movie theatre, or had thought they would never face again. After 9/11, the comradery that took place had not been felt since the Second World War. There were all sorts of adrenaline pumping media depictions circulating through the American public.  It was equivalent to watching Rocky (take a pick in which one) train for his next big fight.  NO ONE was going to break America, especially not on our soil.

Just to add salt to the wound, in 2008, we then experienced the housing crash and an economic recession. Another ‘blow’ against what had made us so great. What was happening to America? We blamed a string of political leaders (do we ever not?) and time after time we swore the next one would be different. On top of that, over more recent years we have seen the instability throughout the world, now threatens our own security. We went from conflict to conflict to conflict, and we haven’t gotten anywhere, but another few trillion in debt. Our way of life and safety are threatened and the evidence is mounting that doesn’t let us forget it. Even if the decades after WWII were not as great as they were remembered, we had plenty of time to forget. Today, it seems these conflicts are too close together, only adding to our anxiety and beliefs that we as Americans are losing our grip.

We want change in America. We want to feel safe again. We want to live the American Dream, economically, socially, and free of fear of our survival, and right now, many of us think Trump looks like the answer. We perceive him as our protector, our only chance to get out of this rut, but we must understand this perception is not because he would make a good leader. Trump, like many leaders before him, has simply found a way to manipulate himself way into the hearts and minds of Americans at the expense of those Americans who are fed up, scared, and haunted by the fear of insecurity.

He is playing on the vulnerability of American emotions.  He undefinably says that he will give us security, and we believe it is him because his unapologetic nature makes us feel he’s willing to do and take whatever it is that sticks up for us and that we can hide behind him. It conjures the  feelings of the American power.  This however is not based on logic, it is based on emotion. It is an emotional decision to vote for Trump, is not a logical one, and the consequences will not fall on Trumps shoulders solely.  They will fall on the American people.  It is important that we reflect on why we find Trump so appealing, and what drives us to support a man who is blatantly so narcissistic. Make America great again, vote for someone besides Trump.


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