Let me finish with a sentiment that is both progressive and conservative, a sentiment that is very much American.
There is a growing sense left and right that the political class (meaning the people who run for office every time, much like those kids in school who ran for class president or student body president every year) are not looking out for the country.
They don’t take responsibility for stopping illegal immigration or for keeping control of the federal budget or for focusing on protecting this country from a dangerous world, but are instead dragging us into regional fights that have really little to offer us in terms of security here.
Instead the political class is seen every day raising millions from the powerful, both the billionaires and the interest groups. Instead of seeing elected politicians taking on the special interests we see them kissing them to get their campaign cheques.
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It’s humiliating; worse, it convinces us that we Americans are not being protected and looked out for by people who will do anything (or do nothing) simply to keep their jobs.
This is why Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds, why Donald Trump has bolted to the very top echelon in opinion polls. People want what they’re selling for the simple reason that the perennial political class are grabbing the offices but refusing to meet the duties of national security that those offices are charged with.
There’s a reason the U.S. Congress has a single-digit level of job approval. It’s that nine out of ten of us has no confidence that it’s going to do the job.
If you don’t like that explanation of why Bernie and Donald are doing so well, come up with another!