Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are not perfect. They have both made mistakes. The “insider establishment” wants you to think it is about socialism, racism and hate. But it is not. They are tearing down the insider establishment in government and politics that has destroyed this country and they want to bring real change to America. Sanders will probably be blocked, but Trump offers hope to this movement of change and bring America back to the center.
By Ray Hanania
Ever since Donald Trump announced he was a candidate for president, the establishment has been desperately trying to stop him.
The “insider establishment” has thrown everything and everyone at him, calling him a racist, a Ku Klux Klan supporter, a misogynist and even comparing him to Hitler, all ridiculous political exaggerations.
Trump symbolizes a new movement that is slowly defining itself. This new movement in formation wants change. This new movement wants to reject the establishment that is disconnected from mainstream Americans on both the Republican and Democratic parties. They are tired of lobbyists and Super PACs calling the shots.
Trump is mainstream American. Voters are tired of the insider establishment extremism of Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio has established himself as an insider establishment bully who tried to push his way to the front of the Republican Party.
View state-by-state election results
(Trump has soundly defeated Cruz and buried Rubio in the most recent
elections. Results show that in the major states of Michigan and Mississippi
Trump led Cruz by wide voter margins, defeating Cruz 37 to 25 percent in
Michigan, and 47 to 36 percent in Mississippi.)
The Democratic party is no better. Hillary Clinton is the icon of “insider establishment” and the uncharismatic opponent of change. Only Senator Bernie Sanders offers a message compatible with the desire of the American people to throw out the insider establishment and bring a revolution of change.
Although Sanders is succeeding in challenging Clinton, Clinton is planning to use her insider establishment ties to reject the people’s vote and to grab the party nomination not with delegates won through the primaries but by using the Super Delegates controlled by her insider cronies.
Sanders may not be able to prevent Clinton’s insider play. And that leaves Trump.
Trump’s candidacy has sent both the Republican and the Democratic establishment into an uncertain free fall. They are desperate to stop him. They have thrown everything and everyone at Trump. Trump has been viciously attacked by Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, by former failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, by failed Democratic President Barack Obama and all of his failed rivals, and by Cruz, Rubio and Clinton.
The insider establishment is unrelenting and the insider establishment has the support of the mainstream news media which is as much insider establishment as the officials who control both parties.
Polling shows that Trump’s supporters are a mix of moderate to liberal Republicans, and conservative Democrats, many of whom identified in the past as Reagan Democrats.
Trump is not perfect, but who is? He has made some mistakes, but they are far less than the continued failed leadership of the insider establishment. It’s a mix Trump can keep but he needs to clean up his rhetoric on some issues like immigration and race.
Trump is not a racist. His loose rhetoric can be attributed to the very fact that he is not a “polished” establishment insider.
His voter mandate is strong and defined. They want an end to “politics as usual.” They are angry with the “establishment.” Trump voters clearly are against the extremism of the insiders that have ruled politics and government in America and have failed to address the nation’s continuing problems.
The economy is bad and jobs are difficult to come by. The core foundation of middle class Americans is the home but the home industry continues to struggle. America continues to be the targeted of foreign extremist violence and terrorism and so far no one has been able to make this country safe.
Voters know the insider establishment doesn’t work to resolve the problems Americans face. They are the cause of those problems. The insider establishment preserves itself. They line their own pockets with plump pensions, often double-dipping. They use the system to build their own wealth.
Americans are tired of the insider establishment. They want change. And Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump represent that change, each in their own way.
The ideal election would be a choice for voters between Sanders and Trump. But likely, it will be insider champion Clinton against Trump.
America needs a hard reboot. They need to unplug the government, count to 10 and plug it back in with an outsider.
It’s a risk. But sometimes the risk in the short term can produce benefits in the long term. Trump is the ONLY voice who has a chance at winning who is willing to do what the American people want. Save our homes. Save our jobs. Make Middle Class Americans the priority, again. Save us from the plague of the insider establishment.
Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.
The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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