The 2016 election has indeed proven to be unique and has provided much shock to the political “experts,” but not to the voters.
On both sides the so-called front-runners find themselves in a great deal of trouble. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is fighting the same obstacle to her securing the nomination for 2016 as she did in 2008: herself. She needed a focus group to make her say she was “sorry” for lying and violating federal law.
Once again the voters are seeing Hillary lie, parse words, make excuses and ignore questions dealing with her honesty and integrity. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders, a self-professed socialist, is promising “free” health care, “free” college for all, guaranteed employment and a “living wage.” Now how he intends to pay for these goodies — well, that has yet to be explained. Of course, Sanders is on the record saying he considers a top marginal tax rate of 90 percent as not high.
The left is upset as a growing number of Democrats feel they are entitled to more of other people’s money, and folks like me who are still lucky enough to have a job will simply have to pay more in taxes to pay for their wants and desires. Their sentiment is, just because I earned my money does not mean I am entitled to keep it.
The folks on the right are fed up with electing Republicans who promise A, B and C, and go to D.C. and do nothing but make excuses why they cannot deliver. They are not even passing bills, putting them on Obama’s desk to veto. It is like they do not want to be unpopular with the D.C. cocktail circuit. They refuse to stand up to Obama and his constant circumventing of the U.S. Constitution.
This is why Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are doing well right now. Jeb Bush? Nice guy, but he has all the charisma of a 50-pound bag of fertilizer. The voters are tired of sending folks to D.C. and then being told they do not matter for wanting to enforce existing immigration law and being lectured how they are racist, or for opposing Obama’s Iran deal and be accused of being warmongers. For wanting to cut the budget, they are warned about being selfish. For wanting to uphold traditional marriage, they are tagged as homophobic.
Trump and Sanders can pack tens of thousands into an arena for a speech; meanwhile, Bush and Clinton draw hundreds. But we are told that neither Trump nor Sanders is a viable candidate.
One could say this is the real Obama legacy.