The election 2016 cycle for the US Presidency started off about the same as any other presidential election cycle. Each side had their establishment candidate, and each side had it’s “outsiders”.
The Democrats only put forth 2 real candidates in Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. It was clear that Hillary was the “chosen one” and Bernie was there to make it look like Democrats had a choice. Bernie would play the “bat shit crazy leftist” that no one in their right mind would support, and he would, by default, make Hillary look like a moderate that everyone could get behind.
Why the Democrats had such few choices is something that has perplexed me. Was it because they didn’t expect to win the white house, so why bother spending the money? Historically, a party does not get three terms unless the 2 term president is very popular, and then his vice president may get a third term in hopes that he will continue the progress of his predecessor. (Examples: George HW Bush following Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson following John Kennedy, Harry Truman following Franklin Roosevelt). But vice president Joe Biden didn’t run, and Obama has never had a great approval rating, it is possible the Democrat party officials just figured this election was a lost cause.
The Republicans had an assortment of candidates to give us the illusion of choice. There was the minority candidates like Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal, and Marco Rubio that were all supposed to fade away, and all but Marco Rubio have). You had your different factions of “extreme” right (the republican versions of Bernie Sanders) with Huckabee representing the religious right, and Paul representing the Libertarians, and Trump representing business. And you had the establishments “chosen ones” who were expected to be where the nominee would be chosen from: Cruz, Bush, and Perry.
But something went terribly wrong for the establishment. The outsiders started gaining momentum. Sanders and Trump became the talk of the country. It was clear that the American people knew the establishment had rigged the game, and they wanted nothing to do with the “chosen ones”.
The Democrats didn’t care what the people wanted and simply stole the nomination from Sanders. Between coin flips, super delegates, and mainstream media propaganda, Bernie didn’t stand a chance. In fact, the only way Bernie will end up as the nominee for the Democrat party is if Hillary gets indicted (which she may), and even then the Democrat establishment will likely find someone else.
On the Republican side we quickly saw most of the “undesirable” candidates get swept under the rug. Ben Carson was a threat to the establishment so the press quickly convinced the world he was an idiot even though he has 38 doctorate degrees, and is the first person to ever successfully separate twins conjoined at the head.
In my opinion, Ben Carson was the best choice of anyone running in either party. However, he wasn’t the establishment choice, and he didn’t have the money or the marketing savy to fight back.
Donald Trump, however, did have the money and the marketing savy. Even though the republican establishment wants nothing to do with Trump, they are having a much more difficult time making him go away. They have used the media to try to portray him as a fool, and as a bigot (It is ironic that the media would claim that Trumps comments about illegal immigrants referred to all immigrants, that statement shows that the media is racist for claiming that all immigrants are illegal. We know that is not the case.) They have miss-quoted him, and even miss-quoted the Pope to make it seem like the Pope was attacking him (they said the Pope said Trump wasn’t a Christian, when the Pope actually said “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”… The Vatican itself has walls around it, but it builds bridges. To claim that Trump wouldn’t do the same is just ignorant).
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are the Same
The truth is, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are one in the same. They are both a revolution from different sides of the aisle. They are both clear signs that the American People are sick of the Establishment, and are no longer willing to accept the Establishments choices. They both show that we will no longer be satisfied with voting for the same candidate with a different face and name. We don’t want another Clinton, or another Bush.
The only clear choices to vote for in the election 2016 are either Trump or Sanders. If one doesn’t get the nomination, vote for the other. Otherwise you are just voting for the same establishment crap we have gotten for the past few decades.