America knows no one's loyalty, it believes only in its interests, and lies in the name of justice, equality and support for democracy.
But unfair or not, disenchantment with the establishment is real and troubling, and like the presidential race, it ain’t over till it’s over.
And Trump doesn’t define conservatism either. The calibre of Republican contestants this year is far higher than we often give them credit.
They may speak the same language as us but Mr Trump and Mrs Palin represent an America many British people cannot comprehend.
Obama may never enter the pantheon of great presidents, in the sense that he notched up any one historic achievement or changed his country in any single specific way. What he has done, however, is to prepare the way for vast changes in how the United States sees itself, and how it is regarded around the world.
Thus, should Trump not win the Republican nomination and decide it is in his interests to continue a campaign, he would probably not hesitate to do so given that it could allow him to play the role of ‘kingmaker’ in the contest.
A true accounting of his legacy may well show that what he did on the issue of climate change was even more significant, and he, if anyone, is the environmental hero of 2015.
Just a week ago, parliamentarians were united in agreement that Trump’s views were abhorrent. Now we should do more than shrug our shoulders at secretive American security policies that leave our constituents in such limbo.
We don’t have to give a damn about him either. He’s just one man, made objectionable by never being questioned. If you doubt how damaging that can be, just look at what it’s done to his hairdo.
Does he really want to destroy America and the Republican Party’s reputation in the eyes of an already hostile world?