America IMO had two dreadful candidates in 2016 and both had ( have) extremely high disapproval numbers. In the 2016 election, 72,519,874 voted against Trump and 62,980,160 voted for Trump. What I struggle with is the fact that even though I do not like Clinton has absolutely nothing to do with holding Trump accountable. Trump is the president and should be held accountable, regardless. Clinton has ZERO to do with Trump and his actions.
That is the problem I see shaping up with 2020. Once again, neither party seems capable of coming up with a candidate that I feel comfortable voting for, rather than against.
Political Third Parties have not gained much traction in the past 100 years or so, but unless things change quickly, I fear for the future of the Republic.
I too am concerned.
1) Given Trump and his enablers, for the sake of the republic, *any* Democrat is better than Trump, and all of Trump’s sycophants (which is virtually every nationally elected Republican) must be voted out. *Then*, we can deal with the policy excesses of the political left.
Anyone who knows me knows that, as a classical liberal in the vein of John Stewart Mill, I, too am concerned about the far Left. I cannot stand the politics of anger and grievance ideologies (something the Right, of course, has perfected with White working class grievances 24/7 on FoxNews). Nor can I stomach the Left anti-science nor anti-debate crowd. (Ahem, political Right.) The curtailing of speech, vigilantism, forced walking on eggshells, absolutist and black and white thinking, and abandonment of principles of due process when inconvenient — all of which are things I once would have associated almost exclusively to the political Right are present now on the Left, and it is scary to me. And the extremist policies (for example, right now the very wealthiest people are actually being taxed *less* than the average American) and isolationist tendencies of certain people on the Left is deeply troubling to me as well. Plus, there is a real problem with rising anti-semetism on the Left. (Did you read what Trump called Jews today? And the Tree of Life synagogue and and...)
I get that there is a lot of trouble on the Left; but Twitter (and unfortunately some elite universities) is not indicative of where most of the Democratic party stands. Virtually 100% of nationally elected Democrats have shown no hint of contempt for the rule of law. Such a basic principle, but one an entire political party is abandoning. And even in the Democratic primary, which has a farther Left leaning than the entirety of people who vote Democrat, Bernie and Warren combined have never hit 40% in the polls and are often more around 30% — and some of Bernie’s draw is from culturally more conservative White working class.
The American Democratic Party is still, in aggregate, a law-abiding, liberal, center-left party. The Republican party has abandoned morality and law-abiding as central tenets of governance. And at its helm is a man who is not only racist (as if that isn’t enough) but is both an imbecile and ignoramous in the truest senses of those words, and who suffers from narcissistic personality disorder.
Right now “a pox on both their houses” is mind-numbingly ignorant. And the only way to right the ship is to vote out Trump and his R supporters. After that, we can focus on the excesses of the far Left. But beyond being less dangerous and less pervasive in the party, that is not the immediate problem we, as a nation face.
2) The UK. After this election, I’m sure we can all agree, we’re all going to have to make sure the Democratic Party does not become the Labour Party. It *isn’t* that. But we have a real need to keep it from becoming that. The fact that despite everything, I wouldn’t be able to vote Labour in the upcoming UK election is gut-wrenching. (Obviously, I would vote LibDem even if I lived in an area where it would got to someone who wouldn’t win, because I wouldn’t be able to vote Tory either and, really, a hung Parliament is the best outcome. Their election process is even stupider than ours.)