Any Republican / Democrat paid party politician, operative, or acolyte will be happy to kindly inform you why Trump and Sanders are a joke, fad, or a circus. The British or French paid party politician, operative, or acolyte will tell you the same thing about Corbyn, Farage, or Le Pen.
You’ll hear random things along the lines of: “Well, Trump is supported by the 23% of Republicans who actually vote in the primary which means only 8% of America’s total population actually backs him.”
Or: “Corbyn got elected party leader by a bunch of radical young supporters who flooded the Labour Party who then won’t actually be around for the next election in 2020.”
Though Farage took only one seat at Britain’s last election, he still picked up 13% of the vote. Le Pen just won over 50% in multiple districts before the mainstream parties ganged up and utterly destroyed her folks in the second round. The point has been made in multiple circles that if America’s presidential election cycle had a parliamentary timeline, as in it lasted say eight weeks instead of two freaking years, that Trump might have had a legit shot at the big chair. In one month Corbyn added more party members than all the other parties total size, combined. Only one American presidential candidate has consistently filled whole stadiums, Sanders, and increasingly now, Trump too.
Put another way, folks on the left and right of modern Western democracies are pissed off. Put another way, everybody’s really pissed off.
Why? The answers are legendarily complex. But I’ll give a simple reason right now:
See LA schools closure.
Basically what’s happened today is unelectable bureaucrats decided to detonate the lives of millions of people over a supposed bomb threat. It shows a ruling structure that values safety over reality; risk aversion over problem solving; cowardice over measured action. Nobody will ever be held accountable over it. Nobody will be fired. And so this behavior will be left to fester and grow inside the bureaucratic mentality nationwide.
I bet the man / woman / people who made this call today don’t even have their kids in LA’s schools. Instead, I’m sure they all live in gated communities, and their kids go to private schools, and are thus not effected by their decisions. After all, better safe than sorry. We wouldn’t want to take the chance that the twelve-year-old-ISIS-mimic on the e-mail was actually a liar, would we?
How would I have wanted them to respond? Go look at what New York City did. They gave the ISIS-mimic e-mails the finger, and carried on with their day. This behavior is to be applauded. But unfortunately, NYC has the NYPD, which thanks to 2001 is essentially its own standing army / intelligence service. The NYPD is unique, and gives NYC’s leaders a lot more flexibility to take risks that I think all of America’s leaders are not willing to take.
Thus, the LA school system is showing everybody what it takes to cripple most of America’s governing institutions nowadays. ISIS/ISIL/morons can just set up a phone bank in Raqqah and call in several hundred bomb threats to America on the same day, and bring the country to its knees. And so, in today’s modern culture, a terrorist phone bank is an effective weapon of mass destruction.
The problems resident in today’s Western democracies are massive. But the people (you, I hope) are starting to discover that the party politician, operative, or acolyte who’s supposedly there to solve these problems, are in fact so useless that they throw their cards on the table at the first hint of danger from [insert pathetic hack entity’s name here].
If the LA school system’s / police leaders can’t function under these circumstances, what chance do they have of solving chronic student underachievement or massive crime? Or what example are they showing their students / citizens on what it takes to survive in a modern, ever-changing, dynamic, dangerous world? I don’t have to go down this stupid “it’s cold out” school closure road again? Do I:
Ask yourself, if Trump, Sanders, Corbyn, Farage, or Le Pen had answered the phone and fielded the bomb threat, what would have happened? Would they have folded too? Would they have told the caller to “get fucked”? Would their answer have depended on whether the person answering was from the left or right? As in, maybe Trump would tell the ISIS-mimic to “get fucked” and Corbyn would have just folded too. Eh, maybe, but I tell you what, I’m not sure I’d want to get in a bar fight with Jeremy Corbyn, dude’s probably cracked his fair share of skulls with a vacant bitters bottle like four decades ago.
I don’t know? I truly don’t. But the bottom line is, I think that the answer would at least have been different. And when the leaders of government of both the left and right are failing, the people will search for just that:
There’s a reason people have more trust in the local dry cleaner than the government today. It’s because I think more and more, the system is not a reflection of its people, but a reflection of the desires of a secluded-hypocritical-risk-adverse-self-serving elite. Trump, Sanders, Corbyn, Farage, and Le Pen are all in play for this reason.