The real reason Donald Trump is in the lead and Bernie Sanders is catching fire
It has become apparent in the last few years that the American people are fed up. They’ve had enough of the legalized corruption in Washington. They’re unhappy with their prospects for the future. They’re tired and pissed off and ready to do away with the political establishment regardless of party association.
It’s not surprising really, Americans were at wit’s end seven years ago following the financial crisis. It’s what helped to get the first black president elected, it’s what birthed the tea party and occupy movements. It’s why congressional approval has ranged between 10 to 15 percent for most of the last few years.
While President Obama has made some key socially progressive changes during his time in office, he has become part of the establishment as can be seen with his views on the TPP combined with his refusal to tackle money in politics.
Is it any wonder then, that the start of the 2016 presidential race has begun the way it has? Establishment Democrats and Republicans alike were lightning quick to dismiss the chances of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders when they jumped in. In fact most of them are still expecting the fairy tale to come to an end, but I’m here to tell you it isn’t about to happen anytime soon.
Donald Trump is the most progressive conservative running in the Republican field and yet he leads them all. In truth, a recent Iowa poll suggests that Trump tops the field with 22% and is the candidate most cited as the one with the best chance of winning the general election, and more importantly, as the candidate most likely to change the way things work in Washington. This is in a state notorious for extreme right-wing evangelical Christians.
Donald Trump says stupid things to be sure; he’s racist, a misogynist and probably doesn’t even realize it. But he has acknowledged the bigger problems in Washington which no other Republican will admit to. Namely, the corruptive nature of money in politics.
Unlike in the entertainment and business industries, Trump is an outsider when it comes to politics. It was evident during his poor performance during the Fox News debate, but conservatives didn’t care. Whether Trump is right or wrong, they want someone who speaks his mind and points out the flaws in the establishment, even in his own party.
Trump has no political platform to speak of as yet. He has no real solutions or policies, but that doesn’t matter either. It’s come to the point where just calling the political establishment losers is enough to get a boost in the polls
Bernie Sanders meanwhile is the left-wing’s Donald Trump. While they obviously don’t share the same ideas, values or even manners, and despite being in politics for 35 years, Sanders’ is the anti-establishment candidate progressives have been waiting for.
Much to the chagrin of Hillary Clinton who’s campaign has been seen as boring or unenergetic, like Trump, Sanders isn’t going away either. He’s even overtaken Hillary in New Hampshire, a key Democratic state. He is still trailing Hillary nationally by a considerable margin, but has all the momentum behind him.
It’s not hard, given the state of the country, to understand why progressives and liberals are starting to rally behind a self-proclaimed, yet genuine, democratic socialist. Sanders has held his positions for decades and has made a name for himself in the process. His positions on equality and money in politics are widely known,
By speaking his mind on liberal television and radio shows with Thom Hartmann and Bill Maher over the years, he has developed a large cult following that is now blossoming. It comes as no surprise to me that he is drawing tens of thousands of supporters to his events.
Trump and Sanders have become the enemies of the political establishment within their own parties and enemies of the corporate establishment in general (albeit for different reasons). Interestingly, they’ve both achieved this position by freely and truthfully (at least in Trump’s mind) running their mouths. Ironically it is also the way some pundits say they will eventually lose their nominations.
Meanwhile, here we are. Trump driving the Republican clown car and Democrats starting to feel the Bern. It’s too early of course to know if these two older white fellows, with terrible hair, will hold on to win, but at least we know why they are where they are… They are both Neil Young fans of course!