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Some Clues For Charlie Dent on Why the American Electorate is Choosing Two Tyrannies Over Centrists Cronyism
Yesterday, Former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent wrote an opinion piece on CNN, complaining about the possibility of a Trump vs. Bernie 2020 Presidential Race. He complained that both political parties are putting out fringe candidates and that the political center (He was known as a centrist by National Journal, GovTrack, and ACLU) want a candidate who wants to give stability to this country. He asked two questions, ‘Is this too much to ask? And why is our system seemingly incapable of producing this kind of alternative leadership at this moment?
Let me answer the second question first. In Post-World War II 20th Century, both parties were able to produce these candidates. Fringe candidates like Pat Buchanan only muster 0.4 % of the popular vote, back in 2000 on Trump’s platform. Conversely, George McGovern only won 17 counties in 1972 Election as an anti-war candidate, while Barack Obama became the 1st Black President of the United States on an anti-war platform. What changed? The American Electorate changed.
The Right is afraid of a transformation of this country into a multicultural democratic socialist country at best, while the Left is afraid the country is deteriorating into an aristocratic oligarchy. In 2000, Republicans were not as united on protecting this country from globalism, which the nationalists believe globalism will implement socialism by eliminating national sovereignty in First World Countries through immigration and trade. There were republicans who weren’t concerned about the trade deficit and didn’t see a problem with an open border with Mexico. Number 1 reason why the Republican Voter rejected free trade and open borders in 2016, had to be September 11th, 2001 along with realizing Bush/Cheney wing got them in the Iraq War with changing strategies.
Conversely In 1972, the Democratic Party had centrists, conservatives, and unions who supported the Vietnam War. In 2008, Hillary lost the presidential nomination due to her support of the War in Iraq. Accompany that with an electorate who has felt income inequality and believe it started during Reagan Administration. As well as concerns over automation of jobs. Put that all together and we have Democratic voter who is open to the idea of a Bernie Sanders candidacy.
The American Electorate in this country have voted in 2008, 2012, and 2016, that they are tired of demonizing each other, where the source of the hostility is coming from Washington, D.C. All while Politicians, Bureaucrats, Lobbyists, and anyone else who worked for the Federal Government made the Beltway the richest counties in the nation.
As for the first question, back in the 20th Century they use to nominate their candidates by party leaders. In 2016, the party who calls themselves Republicans nominated Donald Trump by mostly having the delegates tied to the popular vote. The Democratic Party nominated Hillary Clinton with most of the nomination determined by superdelegates over delegates tied to the popular vote. And now they changed their delegate process and thus you have the Progressive Wing of the Party worried that Bernie Sanders could win the nomination. The Democrats have always had a non-democratic way of nominating their Presidential Candidate, while Republicans have a democratic way of nominating their candidate.
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