Wake up Call, America: the Real Reason People Are Voting for Hillary and Trump

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by Nick Bernabe

In an age of hyper-partisan political polarization in the United States, Americans are closing in on a 2016 presidential election that features two of the most disliked candidates in history. While the majority of the public dislikes both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, there must be a reason they both have solid bases of support, right?

People must think Trump is going to be good for the economy by building a wall on the southern border, killing multinational trade deals, and ratcheting up tariff trade wars with China, right?

And people must think Clinton will help out the poor, uplift minorities, and bring equality for women in the workplace through government mandates, right?

Not exactly.

A Pew Research survey published on September 21st shows voters’ biggest reason for supporting a candidate is not actually their policies, but because they’re not the other candidate. Sounds confusing and illogical, right? Well, that’s because it is.

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America’s political system is so broken and divided that the strongest factor driving voters’ decisions is that their candidate is not the other candidate. According to Pew:

This ‘opposition as support’ takes place in the context of an election campaign that is far more likely to be viewed in negative than positive terms: Majorities of Americans describe themselves as ‘frustrated’ and ‘disgusted’ with the campaign, while few declare themselves ‘interested,’ ‘optimistic’ or ‘excited.’ And these negative takes have only become more widespread over the course of the summer.

With so many voters casting a ballot against both Trump and Clinton, you’d think independents and third-party candidates would have a strong shot at competing in this election, but that isn’t the case. Though between Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, there is a higher level of support for other options now than in recent memory, these candidates are written off by the media as simply spoiler candidates who can either help or hinder the chances of Hillary or Trump.

Despite third-party candidates’ immense popularity, the Commission on Presidential Debates has barred them from participating in the highly-anticipated debates. The first takes place tonight and, coincidentally, is governed by operatives from the Republican and Democratic parties. This is despite the fact that 50 percent of Americans favor the inclusion of Gary Johnson and Jill Stein in the debates. This is because in the United States, voting isn’t about choosing someone you agree with anymore, it’s about not choosing someone you don’t agree with — and that should be a wake up call to us all.

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  • The_Ipcress_File

    I’ve talked to the sheeple. They will not wake up.

    • David E

      lol I know the feeling. Someone who is interested in truth rather than ideology gets hated by both sides

      • MarkovDeBeeste

        “You can’t handle the truth.” We don’t know, because we’re almost never exposed to the truth, especially not in the lamestream media. Actually, it’s the Powers That (shouldn’t) Be who can’t handle the truth…what they can’t handle is our knowing the truth which is why they go to such great lengths to keep it from us.

    • juskom95

      It is because they outright refuse to vote for anyone but the two main parties, primarily because they do not want to ‘lose’

      They usually fail to see the irony of that also.

    • theprideofpit

      Yeah, it is very interesting to bring up, you know, facts on infowars and Breitbart … the ad hominem responses just FLY! Which is strange, because I thought that’s only what snowflake trigglypuffs did (which I deplore)? As I see it, bioh sides are quite infantile in their reasoning and ability to debate. And both sides are completely blind that they are buying into the EXACT SAME system as ever.

      • The_Ipcress_File

        true. true.

      • The_Ipcress_File

        yeah, I got banned from Breitbart for speaking truth.

    • JosephConrad

      This election is a train wreck on purpose. The reality is neither candidate is qualified or has the expertise to lead the nation. Hillary is a bought liar
      & Trump has little experience in the subtleties of being president.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    The best thing about Trump is that the Establishment types shit themselves when they think of him living in the WH.

    • gingercake5

      It will be a step or two down from his current digs

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        You got that right. . .

        That’s another thing that makes me think he may be serious – why would he downgrade like that if he wasn’t serious about what he’s doing?

      • Rey d’Tutto

        As well as a pay cut

  • Clementine

    America is a pathetic joke!

  • MarkovDeBeeste

    The first election I voted in was Nixon/McGovern in 1972. Back then it was widely acknowledged that the vast majority of Nixon voters were single-issue voters, and that single issue was – he wasn’t George McGovern. Nothing new. As Mencken said, “I never vote for. I always vote against.”

  • henrybowman

    Nothing Douglas Adams didn’t nail on the head, what, 30 years ago?

    Search for “the wrong lizard.”

  • ahuxley

    “…People must think Trump is going to be good for the economy by building a wall on the southern border, killing multinational trade deals…”

    Nice try, Nick, but no cigar.
    TPP, TTIP and TISA are NOT trade deals.
    They are nefarious machinations designed to give Wall Street banks and multinational corporations supranational power. Trump is against these deals for obvious reasons. BroomHillary embraces the abdication of U.S. sovereignty in favor of her corporate puppet-masters…
    Get a clue, Nick…

  • sharonsj

    James Howard Kunstler called both candidates “human hairballs.” This is what the political establishment coughed up because neither party listens to the people.