2016 



Businessman, television personality and author
Born: June 14th, 1946  (age 70)


When Donald John Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election at the Trump Tower to an audience of about a thousand supporters on a blustery New York morning on June 16, 2015, no one could’ve anticipated the impact that he would have on this election cycle. No one (aside from Ann Coulter) could’ve even envisioned Mr. Trump winning the GOP presidential nomination. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time – even Mr. Trump himself -, there was a leadership void within the Republican Party that was crying out to be filled.

The billionaire’s no-nonsense style, outsider status, business savvy and keen political instincts drew in the support of blocks of politically frustrated middle class conservatives, tea partiers and Ron Paul’s orphaned paleolibertarians, who were all looking for a champion to lead them and give their struggle a voice. In the following months, these disparate groups of voters organically coalesced into a powerful coalition which has propelled Mr. Trump’s candidacy from the fringes of the race to the summit of the Republican nomination leaderboard with surprising, albeit controversial, ease.

And to think, the teetotaler wasn’t even certain about running as late early 2015. There were real fears that similar to the general elections of 1988, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, Mr. Trump would not make a bid for the nomination despite giving indications that he might.

His giddying ascension in the polls has been met with incredulous wonder by the media and more established candidates who have long fallen to the wayside. His combative performances in the debates left his opponents tongue-tied, much to the delight of his supporters. His controversial off-the-cuff deliveries and political incorrectness are viewed proudly by his legion of followers. His war cry, Make America Great Again, has galvanized even the elderly to attend his lively rallies.

Mr. Trump’s in-your-face style has drawn a lot of flak from all corners, but only a fool would doubt that there is a method behind his apparent madness. As the former reality TV star has demonstrated repeatedly throughout his career, his audacity is always accompanied by a ferocious intelligence.

There is simply no denying that Mr. Trump has changed the face of American politics forever. And the prospect of a businessman being elected to the White House has rekindled century-old memories of the Roaring Twenties when entrepreneurs such as Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover occupied the Oval Office.

Mr. Trump’s nationalist populist brand of politics captured the imagination of the nation, and powered his victory in the Republican primaries. However, will the charismatic real estate tycoon be able to use an identical approach in his White House run, or will he pivot to the center and reign in his explosive personality? Will he be able to unite the party’s fractured base and win over the agitated social conservatives? Will Miley Cyrus move out of the country if Mr. Trump is elected?



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Declared 2016 



Software Engineer
Born: February 1st, 1968  (age 49)


David Boarman was born and raised in Dallas County of Dallas, Texas, but now resides in Oceanside, California. Following high school, he enlisted for six years in the US Army. Though he spent more than half of that time stationed domestically, he was deployed for nearly three years in Berlin, Germany, where he was when news came down that the Berlin Wall was falling. Though he makes no mention of any higher education, he worked in various odd jobs and professional careers following his time in the military. When he relocated to California in 2011, it was to accept a role as a Software Engineer.

Boarman does not use the term himself, but he is what many would call a “born-again” Christian. That is to say, he was raised to believe in Christianity and he did, but he laments that he frequently did not live in accordance with his religious beliefs, until a family crisis on which he does not elaborate brought him to a spiritual awakening in 2012. Today, his Christian faith is extremely strong – in fact, he is running for President because he believes it is God's will that he do so.

Boarman is a solidly conservative presidential candidate. He is tough on immigration, supporting expedited arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants and the institution of English as the official language of the United States. He calls for removal of federal regulation from both health care and education, leaving those issues to be addressed by the states. He supports a “full reformation” of the tax code, with a federal sales tax for individuals and a flat tax rate for businesses and corporations. He is also extremely accommodating towards religion, declaring that no institution or organization may infringe on the people's religious liberties, while simultaneously, no private business should be required to provide services contrary to the spiritual beliefs of its owners.

Boarman is friendly towards the Tea Party, though he does not personally identify as a member of that group. On his official campaign website, he links to the “Tea Party Community”, a message board which he maintains and on which he is a frequent contributor.

With strong right-wing policies and at least an attraction to the Tea Party, Boarman is a solid pick for voters of a conservative political bent. His plans for deregulation and tax reform, however, are likely to make him unsuitable to anyone left of center.
 
 
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