Following a suspenseful campaign by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the latter managed to win the ticket to the White House in what may be one of the most important elections of the 21st century. Yet two months have passed and we are already seeing Donald Trump moving away from the agenda that he presented during his campaign, towards some more logical steps, one may say. However, two questions arise from this move. Firstly, why did he change his agenda, and secondly, is this what Republicans want after having voting him for his previous agenda?
It is common knowledge today that politicians do, indeed, exaggerate or present half-truths in order to appeal to the public by offering solutions to problems that cannot really work. An example of this is the stance that Trump had when regarding Obamacare. Obamacare, as you may know, is the inexpensive health insurance that the Obama administration created in order for the economically weak to be able to have access to America’s very sophisticated Health system. From its establishment in 2010, the percentage of uninsured persons has dropped from 17% to 8%. While a difference of 9% may look small, in a country like the USA 9% is almost 300,000 people. Having that in mind, Donald Trump stated in his race that “Obamacare was a complete fraud” and that Congress must repeal it. This was a move by Trump to appeal to the higher classes which, indeed, are burdened the most by paying the extra taxes for Obamacare. He knew the problems a potential repeal of Obamacare would cause, but he wanted to secure that the powerful would vote for him. Yet now we see that Trump does not want to repeal Obamacare, he merely wants to change it with something cheaper and more effective. The problems with his statement are many.
Firstly, he has not offered anything more specific. It is simply rhetoric. Most people are not educated enough to be able to spot these types of things in the speeches of political persons and just go on to believe that it is best for them to scrap Obamacare. They do not understand that they may be left uninsured or insured with a program that is not as broad as Obamacare. What the Trump administration may be planning might be something that covers just the most basic things, leaving the American citizen to pay for the more in-depth issues. On the other hand, though, Trump may indeed be planning a program that is better than Obamacare. But, since there is no program for us to look at, we are only left wondering.
Secondly, how can this work? With a smaller budget, how are you going to make this program more effective? Comprimises will have to be made on certain aspects of the program that might prove to be detrimental to the people that put their trust on the government to insure them. Trump is a businessman that does not have quite a long lasting experince in the political scene. The government is not a company and the things Trump may be thinking of doing may not work or may open the American government to even more influence by other businesses. If he does indeed find a way to make this program better then that’s great.
The biggest problem of them all, though, is the fact that the American people voted for Trump in order to repeal Obamacare. Not change it. What are those people going to think now? I will discuss this later on.
Furthermore, the problem with Donald Trump is that he has taken politics to the very next level, often saying something and then doing the exact opposite. If one takes a look at the whole Wall with Mexico issue, he sees a distinct contradicition between what Trump was arguing during his campaign and what he proposes right now. This is very notable to discuss, since the wall was the motto of the Trump campaign, the flagship one may say… It is true that around the world many people have the dream of going to migrate to the United States. It is considered to be a special country where everyone can get a job and have a better life, just as the American Dream states. As a result, over 40 million people living in the States are foreign born, 11.5 million of which are illegal immigrants, most of them from Mexico. Furthermore, the recent attacks of Muslims on other countries such as France and Germany further instill the idea that foreigners are not welcome, especially Muslims. It is justified, thus, for the Americans to be demanding a change in the border control system in order to reduce the amount of foreigners entering the country. Change was attempted by the Obama Administration, but it proved to be ineffective. In 2015 there came a man who supported a no Muslim policy and a Wall to be erected throughout the entire Mexico Border. Donald Trump combined that with some more propaganda against the Muslims and Mexicans and was able to sway most of the “patriotic Americans” on his side. Many times the wall idea was challenged by the media by calling it too expensive but those comments were met with comments such as: “It will be the greatest wall you’ve ever seen” or “It won’t cost much. I know everything about walls”. But, here we are now hearing Trump saying that the wall was never intended to be a wall. It will be part fence, part wall, part nothing. Trump was lying on people’s faces during the campaign. Once again, he knew that the wall was a bad and expensive idea, but he used it as a means of securing the vote of the workers, that are the class affected most by immigration (immigrants often work for less money, leading the working class to have no job). Few people were able to understand from the beginning that a potential wall would be an absurd construction thay would drive the United States bankrupt (because Mexico would never pay for it) in a world that is undergoing an economic crisis and, at the end of the day, prove to be completely ineffective at achieveing its goal. The rest of the people were smartly outplayed and voted for Trump as the person that would provide them with a solution to a long lasting problem that other governments were “incapable” of solving. Trump has now revoked his wall proposal which, weirdly, was met with no opposition from neither his voters nor his opponents…
This pretty well leads me to the other aspect of this blog post. It is about the mentality of the voter. There have been many “tragedies” this year. Brexit, Italy, you name it… This year, voters have shown a totally different approach to voting. They don’t really care… If you look at the Brexit, you see that after the result was announced, instead of seeing UKIP triumphantly celebrating their win, we saw the resignation of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. What’s weird is that the winners did the same thing as the losers. Cameron and UKIP leaders reisgned. Almost half a year has passed and we see that none of the promises of UKIP have been kept, the UK is still in the EU, and the English High Court has decided to rule that the UK parliament has complete jurisdiction on Brexit. People would normally call this outrageous, but nothing has really happened. It is too early to judge for Italy but in the USA, once again, no Republican has commented on Trump’s change of agenda. To me, this is very peculiar. In the UK, voter turnout was around 75% and the result of the referendum was a divided UK. The result was a very close 52-48. One would think that at least some of the 18 million citizens that voted leave would speak against the government for not leaving already and would be outraged to learn that the government has now the power to simply ignore the mandate to Brexit. Voters now do not show any activity to support their interests after a vote. They simply do not care, something which I find understandable, having in mind that the top Google search on the weeks before the referendum was “What is the European Union?”.
It is my opinion that Donald Trump managed to use the new voter model to his advantage. He did not get into detailed explanations of his stance on certain issues and gave reasons to vote for him that seemed to be absurd. The flagship example for this is the infamous “vote for me because you have nothing to lose” which Trump said to the black people while, at the same time, showing to the rest of the public that he is a bigot and a rascist. Despite his comments, Trump managed to secure 8% of the black vote, compared to 4% that Mitt Romney earned, Forbes reports. When looking at the numbers for Latinos, Forbes states that Trump secured 30% of the vote, despite his firm public stance against them… This does indeed raise questions about the involvement those people had in listening to what each candidate had to say, despite the plethora of debates.
Concluding, it still remains to be seen if Donald Trump will climb the ladder to become one of the most successful Presidents of the USA. He has repeatedly changed his stance on important issues and that change was met with no challenge. This leads me to believe that a new voter model is starting to surface that votes without having the knowledge on the topic to vote in a correct manner.