Well I can certainly see the similarities in that we don't seem to have candidates that truly represent what the people want - at least with the two major parties. I still say if the third parties could actually compete, there might be something out there for everyone. Perhaps not on all issues, but is there ever a candidate that one agrees with wholly.
Or even decent and sane.
I entirely agree that what is happening this go round has a lot to do with people feeling disenfranchised. It's strange to me though that a lot of these people think that the billionaire has any desire to help them and has offered any plan to help THEM. There are other things being said that are creating support as well, not unlike Brexit in that case as well.
Me, I think lots of people thought Obama would've been the game changer. That he'd attempt to split Gordian knots but he made things like the changes to medical sooooooooo complicated it couldn't be explained in a sound bite. But mostly he was indistinguishable from the usual run. And regardless of the partisan media and peoples positions he did nothing to scare the horses. And as a result I strongly suspect people will vote Trump in the poorer areas. Now whether this will matter is moot since those areas aren't noted for voting. Or haven't been since it was done properly by the likes of Mayor Daley, for whatever you say about him he gave people the belief their vote mattered and because of that could call it for Chicago.
I definitely agree with the above comments. We do have more mainstream candidates (I guess in my opinion) in the Libertarian and Constitutional parties but for some reason, the people fed up with the government tend not to even know their names. I know I will be voting for one of those two parties this year as I don't care for either candidate representing the major parties. I see a huge opportunity for one of the two major party to cater to what these people want, plenty of well paying jobs but thus far, neither seem really interested in listening to them.
Part of the problem is the plenty of jobs that pay a decent wage over the last 15 years is the armed forces. But where the usual economic boost that comes from a war is diverted to the supply companies and they do a version of buying Hollywood homes with the money only here boosting their share price. And then the QE simply went into any cash returning company and boosted their share price which again is simply another version of the housing bubble. And both Parties wholly believe in shoring up the banks and big companies all while people were being ejected from jobs and then homes. With none of this showing up in the main rhetoric, other than Sanders. It's just amazing.
The Democrats, without a doubt, have one of the weakest candidates in history, dogged by scandal and controversy. She could not pass security clearance for the most basic of government jobs, yet she is running for and is likely to be elected to the highest office in the land. Why? Because of the GOP opposition who digs himself into a deeper hole with each passing day. The joke is on the Republican Party for letting this happen.
I'm sorry but I've felt for quite a long time that the Democrats have been hijacked by wealthy factions playing with peoples lives. And where once they would've deployed their power to enhance the little person barely keeping going they went on vanity projects like the First Black President or the First Woman President. After Bush 2 they could've run a bland guy that didn't scare the horses too much and taken both houses allowing then to quietly shift things. Rents and taxes in most cities need fixing again. They need to be allowed to trade themselves out of debt. Universities fees need halving at least. And student debt needs removing. Easy thing to do, if fashioned correctly. However the Republicans are just insane. Fox is nothing more than a religious channel of a particularly vicious sect and I'm sad so many have Irish names, we're usually mad enough to be interesting and not boring, not totally bonkers.
Half the population not represented by a standard political party? I bet it would be similar in the USA.
I think the notion that a self-satisfied elite has forgotten how to survive a bit shocking too.