My son Jesse is a 27-year-old lives and works in Austin, Texas.
I can never predict his take on most things. I just know it will always come after a lot of thought.
He asked me in a text last night what I thought of the current election, and specifically about Trump.
I am very low energy at night and was getting ready for bed, but nonetheless tried to have a meaningful conversation.
Jesse thought it would be entertaining to see Hillary and Trump go head to head.
I replied I would rather have a good president.
Then I said good night.
Here’s the text that greeted me on my phone when I woke up this morning:
I’ve held the belief for most of my life now that the people can’t really choose their own president. I don’t know if I really want it, but Donald trump getting elected would completely prove me wrong.
I don’t know about you, but I think there’s a lot to unpack there.
Personally, I think Trump is in some ways an attractive candidate for millennials—because he breaks the mold—but in no way would he be a president for millennials.
So I told Jesse that.
And sent him a link (Needing to Be President).
That article was well written and entertaining. It explained trump’s motivations, but it doesn’t explain why he’s a popular candidate. I rolled my eyes when he announced he was running, and now look at him. I think it’s incredibly interesting, NOBODY seriously thinks he would make a “good” president, but everybody wants to see him there. My theory is that, like me, people think it would be hilarious to stick it to our government and put somebody in charge that nobody wants to have as a boss. Not to mention that Obama damn near made it obvious how silly becoming president is, and trump just destroys how it’s “supposed” to be done.
I told him I thought his use of the word “boss” was interesting.
Isn’t that what we’re doing? Choosing who is going to be in charge of our government?
I didn’t correct him.
America is in a bad place, not because anything is bad but because people think it is. They don’t like or trust their government anymore, and it’s the vast majority of the country. It’s like that line in hamlet “nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Like when people panic about the stock market and because of that it crashes. It’s self fulfilling. America doesn’t need a savvy political leader, it needs somebody the human machine called the economy can believe in. Maybe that’s not trump, but people are sick of what their party’s think is best.
I know this is only one Millennial’s idea of the Trump dynamic, but—like I said—there’s a lot to unpack here.
How many other people, of whatever age, are thinking the same things as Jesse?