I’m sure you remember the incident back in the summer of 2012 when Dan Cathy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A, indicated his commitment to traditional marriage, and in response the gay community, and the left in general, came unglued, threatening boycott.
In response, Mike Huckabee called the Christian community to show their support for Chick-fil-A by dining out at Chick-fil-A on August 1 of that year. The outpouring was overwhelming. I recall deciding to eat lunch at a local Chick-fil-A that day, only to find the line going outside and wrapping around the building.
Why the overwhelming response? No doubt a wide variety of motivations influenced the outcome described above. However, I sense that the core issue was that conservatives, and especially Christians, had been so frustrated for so long at liberal dominance and victories that when given a chance to do something, anything, to vent their frustrations, the response looked like a warm can of Coke that had been shaken for five minutes and then opened. The event proved to be an opportunity for the release of pent up emotions.
I believe that the overwhelming conservative response to the announcement of Donald Trump to run for President is fueled by much the same motivation. Though most of the other 14 major candidates are saying many of the same things Trump included in his announcement speech, some significant differences account for Trump being catapulted into the number one spot, now even ahead of Jeb Bush.
Trump has many things going for him such as name recognition and ten million dollars, but I am convinced that his meteoric rise can be attributed to the belief that he can take on the liberals and win.
He took them on by presenting his case straight from the heart, not fretting over whether his message was politically correct or whether they approved. That was refreshing. The fact that people did get offended, and he did not back down but poured it on even more was even more refreshing.
But wait. We are not allowed to do that. Only liberals can be outrageously offensive and it’s okay. Only George Takei is allowed to call Clarence Thomas “a clown in blackface” and survive. The fact that he did not play their game made him a hero to many conservatives.
But even better, it appears that Trump is one of those big personalities like Reagan who possesses the capacity to take on the media and the rest of the left and win. Instead of being crushed by their criticism of his remarks about illegal immigration he was able to turn the conversation to the issue, getting most Americans to see his point.
In addition, because he can for the most part fund his own campaign it appears that he cannot be bought by anyone. Therefore, he can do what he says he will do. Beyond that, he has name recognition, he is not a politician, and he has a history of getting things done. When other candidates say that they will build a wall, it is difficult to envision it happening. When Trump makes the claim, it is difficult to imagine it not happening.
It is like a high school basketball team that has lost every game for the past four years having a seven foot kid who is really good at the game move into their school district. Spirits are running high.
We will see. But for now we find the same enthusiasm we had with Chick-fil-A, only Donald Trump has his eyes set on the White House and has committed himself to make America great again. That reality is offering a glimmer of hope to many conservatives. That makes Trumpmania feel like Chick-fil-A on steroids.