Friday, August 14, 2015

Donald Trump Has Done Us a Favor

Donald Trump has said a lot of things. People have said a lot of things about him. He has said many things characterized as outrageous. There have been analysis and reanalysis of his motivations and effects on the current presidential election cycle. He blows other candidates away in terms of where he stands in the election polls. He has yet to provide us with the policy proposals on the things he talks about. His electability has been questioned. His adverse effect on the Republican Party has been talked to death and described in dire terms.

I'm fascinated with the presence of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential contest. Whatever else he has done, he has done us several favors. First, he has caused most candidates to take positions on topics that, under normal circumstances, they would probably not have addressed until much later in a presidential campaign cycle. Second, he has caused candidates to clarify positions on topics that, under normal circumstances, they probably would not have clarified until much later in a presidential campaign cycle. Third, he has forced candidates to take on topics that, under normal circumstances, they would have preferred to defer, ignore or avoid. Fourth, he has triggered candidates spending  more energy earlier than usual distinguishing themselves from each other and, in some cases, from the "Washington, D.C. establishment" and the people that fund them. Fifth, Trump has everyone turned on, tuned-in, and attending earlier than usual to what candidates are saying and stand for. All of these things are good and would not have happened this early if Donald Trump had not entered the 2016 presidential race.

The questions are: How do we get Donald Trump to mention people with disabilities? How do we get Donald Trump to talk about ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

Thank you.
Common Grounder

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