They are fun to watch, good for laughs and can rile up crowds. At first, they were novelty candidates who could only gain
fringe support. Donald Trump and Bernard Sanders, once thought of as comic relief, are serious front runners with a true chance to win the Republican and Democratic Party primaries, respectively. In the past, such characters would start to falter, but these two have prevailed and are clear favorites. Both men spew out one-liners as they are facts, they make outlandish promises and it appears the two are making a mockery of the electoral process. Still, no matter how bad either of these two men might be perceived by critics for the presidency, both Trump and Sanders came at a time when they are needed; their presence in each primary are good for politics for many reasons:
1, Regular voters are tired of large financial interests owning politicians, and are finally standing up to that part of the system
One of the things people complain most about is the money in politics. Hoe many times does one hear a disgruntled voter say, “they are bought and sold to the highest bidder.” Followers of both men do not seem to care that Trump says and does things on the campaign trail that makes one believe he is trying to lose the primary and Sanders does not understand basic economics and math. Both men are perceived as not being owned by money and political interests. What Trump’s supporters know is that their candidate has so much money he really does not need money from mere banks and corporations. Sanders is also perceived to be a “man of the people” and prides himself on a long list of small donations. The Vermont Socialist, however, does take a lot of money from deep-pocketed labor unions, who former DNC Chair Howard Dean acknowledged are “Super PACs that Democrats like.”
2. People are standing up to both parties’ establishments
In the past, maverick candidates in either party were minimized successfully (r.e. Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul, etc.). With the exception of Ronald Reagan, the “Chosen Candidate” eventually won their respective primaries. Often, voters would be unwitting participants in coronations rather than a good field of potential leaders. Reagan even had to compromise after defeating his party’s preferred President by choosing George H. W> Bush to be his running mate. When the Tea Party infiltrated the Republicans, both parties feared the diverse middle-class movement so much, they teamed up to denounce those with the audacity to challenge their power we “racists” (the dreaded r-word) with the mainstream media obliging. While the same attacks were hurled at Trump, the man (to his credit) stood up to those attacks like they did not bother him. On the other side, the Democrats had their hands full trying to fix primary dates and media coverage for Hillary Clinton, but Sanders’ faithful seem to be the same types once enamored by a young Barack Obama in 2008 who, incidentally, left Clinton in the dust. To survive in the future, both parties need to understand the increased number of voters in their parties are not happy with the current establishments in power and need to rethink their agendas and how their candidates handle powerful positions in the future as they regroup from this election season.
3. If you had not noticed before, you now know a huge number of Americans are gullible.
We all know politicians will say and do anything to get elected.
At this point Trump and Sanders are the Pied Pipers of their parties. Sanders promises free college, healthcare and more benefits through a massive re-distribution of earnings that not only are mathematically dishonest but can be considered true pandering to the Safe-Zone supporters and terminally unemployed. This keeps the door open for Mr. Trump, who promises a big wall at the Mexican border and constantly repeats “Let’s make America Great again” to massive cheers. Also, the March of the Gullible extends to supporters of anyone who posts misleading memes most likely generated by some kids in their parents’ basements. I enjoy some fun correcting such monstrosities on social media sites. It puts people in quite the tizzy.
4. Are we all finally tired of “Vote for Hillary because she is a woman?”
That seems to be the outcry for the former First Lady (who tried to set policy in that position). For the past 10 years, we heard the sickening media headline: “Is America ready for a woman president? (or other variations)” It will happen, but not only because her best quality is that she pees sitting down. We will see some decent female candidates over the next few decades, but clearly non who had run so far (Clinton, Bachman, Fiorina) are considered Presidential material. That we had not had a female president speaks to who was running and not to any misguided theories of misogyny.
5. It should be taken as a warning about how our economic outlook really is that so many college students are so dreadfully afraid of the future, many are clinging to Socialism as their hope.
While it is easy to make fun of the whiny, politically correct, safe-zone needing, terminally-offended, wannabe activist, useless major-studying college students being churned out toward the real world, we as a nation should be worried that these young people see so little hope for themselves that they fall hopelessly in love with Sanders’ promises of “free stuff” and redistribution of other people’s money to them so they can pursue their passions (which are usually either nothing or finding ways to be offended and say silly things like ‘mic drop’). Obama supporters constantly brag about how great they want to believe things are under the 44th President economically that they are blind to the real unemployment numbers (not the skewed DOL survey), rampant underemployment and atmosphere unfriendly to those seeking to increase their incomes, start businesses or find gainful employment. Today’s young people (many of whom, interestingly, are Obama worshipers) know these conditions exist and are absolutely terrified.
6. People have woken up to the fact that the system is rigged for the powerful allied with both parties.
This had been known for a long time. While America is still the best country when it comes to opportunities to move up financially, there are still a relative few who have the vast majority of wealth and power. While one side wants to keep that power by greedily hoarding as much money as possible, the other side tries hard to tax middle class people out of upward mobility. The aim is to create a vast dependent class. This sentiment was recently expressed by the often-maligned Charles Koch in an op-ed piece. Still, even though nobody is really sure what Trump will do and Sanders is aiming to raise taxes quote greatly, the fans of both of these men are clearly telling the two major parties that neither the Republican or Democratic parties can be trusted.
7. Trump and Sanders are reflections on the century-plus-old systematic dumbing-down of America
Sanders’ and Trump’s popularity through their slogans, theatrics and hyperbole is not new in politics, but the bluntness of their approaches make this problem a more glaring one. Those who Feel the Bern are falling for promises of free candy, ice cream and unicorns – as well as money they will not earn. They seem to not understand the failures of socialism and communism in the past. Add to this that the young people who followed Obama in 2008 and 2012 as well as Sanders this year are the same generation who grew up with “everybody gets a trophy,” social promotion in public schools, politically correct re-written history, in-school global warming fear-mongering, Kardashinans & Kanyes, academic indoctrination, equal outcome education practices, multicultural studies requirements in college and safe zones. Many of Trump’s older followers are frustrated as well, but if they really think a wall can be build at the Mexican border and Trump’s naive attitude toward foreign policy (he will not be able to just sit down with Putin and get him to co-operate with the U.S.), then those followers have dropped reason in favor of a new brand of Machiavellian ism with regard to the “kick the bums out of Washington” mentality.
8. The establishment has over-used the terms “fear” and “Hate” as buzzwords.
One thing Trump and his followers have shown superiority over their rivals is their refusal to back down at the use of insulting politically-manipulative terms like “fear” and “hate.” These words have been overused by President Obama over his terms in office when he takes broadcast time to scold Americans for what he labels as bad behavior. Whether he talks down to Americans about Islamic terrorism, police shootings, riots, Trayvon Martin, taxes, gasoline, the minimum wage or goes on a tirade mocking the opposing party, the terms “fear” and “hate” are used as a means to rile up the base and silence his critics. While most politicians succumb to those buzzwords like Pavlov’s dogs, Trump has stood up to the politically correct crowd like a warrior, giving that same confidence to his many followers. Perhaps this will continue to move over into the minds of more Americans despite their choice in candidate and finally (as the mission of this blog aims) once again reduce political correctness to the subject of ridicule it should be.
9. Sanders and Trump are getting people to pay attention to the primary.
While President Obama mulls over forcing more uninformed people to choose leaders with a mandatory voting policy, the one thing that all corners of the Nolan Square can agree upon is that Sanders and Trump have made the primary season entertaining and are getting more people involved. Perhaps a few quirky personalities could spark interest in civics as long as they don’t win. Plus, more people are waking up to the long-standing two-party stranglehold on American politics (as stated before).
Despite what thoughts of either lust or loathing the names Trump and Sanders brings to any of out readers, perhaps everyone can appreciate what they have brought to the political and public landscape and hope their popularity will force both parties to learn of the power of the ignored, whether it be the dwindling middle class or the scared youth.