By JORDAN JACKSON (@air_jordan2019)
Photo credit goes to slate.com.
There are many devout liberals and deeply-rooted conservatives who long for the days of third-party candidates that only serve to possibly split the votes between themselves and the major-party candidates. The last “outsider” the political world has seen make a legitimate run at the presidency was Ross Perot in the election of 1996, as he was the candidate of choice for the Reform party.
Times are swiftly changing in the political world and amongst voters, and this election season has proved that with a bang. By now, many have heard of the loveable, seasoned senator from Vermont, Bernard “Bernie” Sanders and his goal to bring about a “political revolution.” With his unique personality and appearance as an “outsider” against the Democratic nominee for 2016, Hillary Clinton, Bernie awoke a sleeping giant in the world of politics and began to give a voice to those who felt they had no place in the big business world of politics.
Sanders brought to the forefront the concept of Democratic socialism, an idea that did not sit well with many established voters. This concept, however, drew many toward Sanders as he vied for the Democratic nomination during the primary season. This is particularly true with younger voters, who were more active and involved in the political process during the primary season.
Sanders represented what I believe is something the American people want, and that is an unorthodox candidate -- one who is not afraid to challenge the establishment; one who does not conform to the typical ways of the two-party system. Bernie Sanders has caused an outcry for more progressives to take a shot at offices on the local and state levels of government.
His no-quit attitude during the primary season has sparked the normally uninterested political citizens of the United States and has definitely laid the ground work for a potential change in the future in America’s political climate.
On the other and much less popular side of this statement, Donald Trump has done the same. While the egotistical and outspoken businessman has managed to snatch the GOP nomination, he is anything but your typical politician; all you need to do is attend one of Trump’s rallies to realize this.
Donald has changed the face of politics and allowed for more outspoken and strong-willed right wing conservatives to be involved in the political process and express their extreme views. While many criticize Trump for his tactics and beliefs, he is a product of the political environment that has been created over the past few years -- one that is tired of a bland, establishment-style politician; one that is afraid to challenge the norm and speak its mind.
It is these qualities many of Trump’s supporters say are the reasons they support him. While his policy and many of his views are abhorrent and just down-right mindboggling, Trump represents what his supporters deem to be “the silent majority.”
I equate Trump’s rise to fame as that of Adolf Hitler: one that took advantage of an unstable political climate yearning for change. As a result, it breeds something it is not ready to handle. It will be interesting to see just how far Trump will go to become president as we steadily race toward the general election in November.