Friday, February 12, 2016

Celebrity Candidates And Extreme Policies........

Celebrity Candidates And Extreme Policies

Globally, voters are going for extreme policies and celebrity candidates.

Say what you will, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are not the two most equipped people to hold the highest office in the land.

This won't try to dissuade you otherwise about the two winners of the New Hampshire primary. But there's another story much deeper than either of the two.

It goes beyond the fact the U.S. economy is not performing how the voters would like, though the uncertainty is certainly the backdrop for the rise of both Trump and Sanders, two people with an endless list of boogeymen for 30-odd years of middle-class stagnation.

It's more one of modern communication, and how the U.S. is becoming less a representative democracy and more an actual one.

The phenomenon is by no means unique to the U.S. Consider some of the electoral successes outside of America:

• Marine Le Pen and the far-right National Front is gaining steam in France.

• Britain's Labour Party is run by a leader so far to the left that a general openly mused about the need for a coup were he elected. At the same time, the country is now seen as likely to vote to remove itself from the European Union.

• A comedian is now president of Guatemala.

Like the U.S., voters around the globe are voting for extremes and for celebrity. Back stateside, both are rolled into one with Trump.

These may not be the wisest choices! 

But with modern communication, when the public exchanges memes on what Sanders and Hillary Clinton think about absurd topics, or when the top Republican candidate spends as much time retweeting as he does campaigning at far-flung diners, the rules of the game have changed.

To be sure, the good ol' days of the establishment basically ignoring the public weren't that good either. One policy stance that both Trump and Sanders oppose is the successive march by both parties into trade deals whose benefits have been shared by few and whose liabilities have been shared by many.

It could well be that the system has the last laugh. It's hard to imagine President Trump or President Sanders getting a legislative agenda through Congress. Then again, the actual, less extreme president can't, either.

It really doesn't take much imagination to imagine a frustrated president making further end runs around the legislative and the judiciary, steps that will make Barack Obama's executive actions look like child's play. Playing it out to its logical conclusion — democracy may eat itself and implode.

But even a less-apocalyptic view is that democracy in its rawest form is in the ascendancy. Expect more wild results to come.

THIS SUMS UP THE CAMPAIGNS OF THE THREE CANDIDATES LEADING THE RACE:

BERNIE SANDERS:  FREE SHIT

HILARY CLINTON:  BULLSHIT

DONALD TRUMP:   

NOT A SERIOUS IDEA OR SOLUTION IN THE BUNCH!

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