I didn’t get a chance to vote for Ronald Reagan, so the best president I voted for ended up being George W. Bush. In 2000, his history was of a son of a former president from a political dynasty and a governor of Texas in his second term. The phrase for Bush was “compassionate conservative,” which sometimes meant using the government and fueling it with more tax money. Then there’s the Iraq War, which united non-intervention libertarians and non-military liberals alike. Voters could not truly know everything that Bush would do, even with a political history.
Then there’s Hillary Clinton. I didn’t vote for her or her husband. Given her history on the campaign trail, people just don’t seem to like her. Some of the ones who strongly supported her had no idea that when the real 3am phone call came, she didn’t answer it in Benghazi.
Support for Donald Trump is a rejection of the known for the unknown. It’s a gamble. If there’s one thing that Donald Trump has done for the last 30 years, it’s knowing how to market to the gambler. Gamblers are interesting targets. They actually seek out the unknown with the hope they can know it. Why not pick someone with no experience? At least he can’t contradict an informed opinion.
From my perspective, I knew what I was getting. Bush faced the worst terror attack in US history and the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. That was the true unknown. I always knew Clinton was a terrible person, willing to take a post that kept her in the public eye and foist an idiot upon the country just to get her shot in 8 years. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.
Donald Trump is all cover. He says he can build a wall and keep out all the drug dealers who use trucks and planes and tunnels. He says he can bring back jobs from China when they have literally billions of dollars of infrastructure and decades of experience we don’t. Has there ever been a better example of the Big Lie theory? Well, maybe one.