In the past few weeks The Curmudgeon has seen, heard, and read a lot of interviews of ordinary voters who say they support Donald Trump. When asked why, they generally say two things.
First, they like that he says what’s on his mind.
The Curmudgeon doesn’t really know how to respond to this because what’s on Trump’s mind, and what he says, are usually so colossally stupid that he finds it difficult to believe that anyone takes this carnival barker seriously.
Second, people say they like that Trump’s financing his own campaign and is therefore independent and not beholden to any campaign contributors.
Whoever’s asking the questions at this point usually just moves on to other matters. What they never seem to do, though, is ask what The Curmudgeon believes is a necessary and important follow-up question:
Considering how much money it costs to run for president these days, does this mean you’re comfortable with the idea that from now on, only billionaires, people who are rich enough to fund their own campaigns, can run for president? Is that what you see for the future of your country: that only amazingly rich people will be able to lead it?