Lots of folks are pissed and it’s starting to show. Well, it’s been showing for a long time, but after the recent New Hampshire primary — where Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders soared to victory — it’s become even clearer that most Americans are fed up with the establishment on both sides. I’m not even really sure what “the establishment” actually is, but I’m told that it does, in fact, exist. (Whatever.) As you know, I’ve been quite critical of each candidate in this circus show that we’re calling a presidential race, particularly the radicals like Clinton, Trump and Sanders. Indeed, every candidate is deserving of a fair amount of criticism. After all, we should be holding them accountable. We often don’t. But, we should. Either way, politicians are generally notorious for being power-hungry, manipulative, vindictive individuals hellbent on retaliating against any opponent who dares to contradict their positions or question their past. Most of the time they retaliate with TV spots and print ads or, if you’re Donald Trump, you just go on live television and gloat about yourself and fire off petulant insults like a 12-year-old.
As I watched the polling data roll in that night, I couldn’t help but think: This is America now. This is what we’ve become. I sat there, staring at my TV, watching an elderly socialist-curmudgeon-Muppet and a corrupt billionaire-adulterer-gameshow-host win the hearts and votes of millions. These are the frontrunners, mind you, not just fringe loons with no chance of winning in the general election. These are actually the mainstream, popular, beloved idols worshipped by hordes of adoring fans. Of course, it’s only natural for folks like myself — and perhaps you — to project all of our anger onto these politicians and “the system.” We cringe in frustration when our candidate does or says something stupid or when he loses support for whatever reason. We get emotionally attached. We invest ourselves in these flawed human beings. We blame them for the political gridlock in Washington, the failing economy, the crumbling job market, gas prices, terrorism, bad weather, traffic jams and the birds that poop on our cars at Walmart. We find a sick sort of comfort in the fact that they are the ones who have to deal with the chaos.
But, the hard truth is this: corrupt politicians like Sanders, Clinton, Trump and Obama are not America’s biggest problem. The real problem is us — the citizens. These rotten leaders are a reflection of us. We’re the ones who vote these lunatics and scoundrels into power. We’re the ones attending their rallies. We’re the ones donating to their campaigns. We’re the ones blindly cheering them on like crazed teenaged girls at a Justin Bieber concert. This is a societal disease and we’re the cause. You might be thinking: But, that’s not me, Josh. I actually do my research and vote for people who have sound morals and principles. How dare you yell at me like this? Well, I can assure you that you’re in the minority these days. And therein lies the problem.
It’s mind-boggling, really, when you think about it, particularly in terms of what happened with voters in New Hampshire. Two of the most radical, anti-America, anti-conservative candidates in the race gobbled up the majority of the votes, while principled politicians like Cruz and Rubio fell short. Donald Trump has not put forth a single good, cohesive, coherent, feasible policy or solution and can’t answer a direct question to save his life and yet his drooling supporters follow him around with their tongues hanging out. Everything about the man is so anti-conservative that he should truly be running on the Democratic ticket. Every day he parades around on national television like a bombastic drama queen, spouting off absolute nonsense mingled with enough conservative hot button words to placate his audience: Yadda, yadda…Obama sucks….yadda…build a fence….yadda yadda…everyone is a loser except for me….make America great again…yadda yadda…I’m the most beautiful person I know…yadda.
And then there’s Bernie, a frazzled rich old white guy who likes to complain about rich old white guys because he knows his supporters hate rich old white guys. Sort of ironic, really, that the most prominent politicians who criticize rich folks are, in fact, themselves rich. This seems to be lost on their voters. This 74-year-old socialist-communist continues to spew garbage about “income inequality” and laments that the middle class is “collapsing,” but never admits that income inequality is not real and that his policies will turn the middle class into the poor class. But, none of that really matters because as long as he’s promising to give everyone free stuff, he’ll stay high in the polls. You see, that’s what his liberal voters (and many Americans in general) want: handouts and freebies. They don’t want capitalism because capitalism means freedom and opportunity and that means hard work. And why work hard when the government can just give you lots of free crap? Naturally, these genius mathematicians never stop to ask how a nation with an $18 trillion debt and $127 trillion in unfunded liabilities can suddenly become a personal genie for 320 million Americans. This ain’t rocket science, folks.
You have to admit that this is all sort of embarrassing for liberal progressive voters considering that they elected and reelected a man who promised he would fix all of this stuff. And yet, under Obama’s reign, things have only gotten worse. Hillary and Bernie both know this, but since they refuse to bash Obama, they’re left with no other option but to blame Republicans when it is clearly Democratic policies that got us into this mess in the first place. For God’s sake, even when we had a Democrat president and Democrat congress destroying the country, everything was still the fault of the mean, old, white Republicans — or, so we were told.
This brings us back to Trump and Sanders who, on the surface, might appear to be on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Indeed, one is running as a socialistic-communist-Democrat while the other claims he’s a principled conservative Republican (despite being a liberal progressive his entire life up to this point.) But, the emotional impulse driving many folks to vote for these men are exactly the same — mostly being fed up with “the establishment” on both sides of the aisle. And that’s because Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are not all that different. They’re both egomaniacal big-government totalitarians who want universal healthcare and a non-intervention rule when it comes to foreign policy — Trump wants to cut military funding and let Russia handle ISIS and Sanders says “…we cannot and should not be the policeman of the world. Nor should we bear the burden of fighting terrorism alone.” (Not surprising coming from a guy who thinks we should be more worried about weather than terrorists.) Both were opposed to the Iraq War, both have vowed to practically enshrine Medicare and Social Security and both continue to criticize Wall Street and the wealthy class despite being part of the wealthy class themselves.
These are the sort of corrupt frontrunners you get when folks start voting based on raw emotions like anger and frustration rather than sound reason, morals and logic. This is America, ladies and gentlemen. This is what people want. Behold it and weep. With every day of this election cycle that passes, it becomes all the more obvious that most voters don’t want a constitutional president, they want a Santa Claus. I’m old enough to remember when even the Democrat candidates had to at least pretend to be pro-America capitalist Christians to win votes. Now, it would seem they’re perfectly content to see who can be the most vile, insane, godless authoritarian dictator. Meanwhile, a lot of Republicans are voting for the same thing, but pretend that they’re not.
These sort of politicians — Trump, Obama, Clinton, Sanders — exist because America is infected with fear, hatred, ignorance, evil, selfishness and lots of stupidity and uncertainty. They are reflections and manifestations of these cultural and spiritual sicknesses. The problem is that as long as there are more sick, selfish and ignorant voters than healthy, educated ones, we’ll continue to watch America slide further and further into the cesspool of progressivism. And, sadly, a lot of folks will be cheering as we plunge to our death.
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