Have You Considered a Bernie Sanders/Donald Trump Ticket?
While burning down the world around them, revolutionaries in 1790s France hoarsely screamed, “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity!” Well, it’s been over two centuries since the guillotine took center stage, and the descendants of Rousseau’s savage man have an ideological program that hasn’t really been altered since the Reign of Terror. Granted, with “boyhood” as a synonym, “Fraternity” has been replaced with more gender-neutral words. What hasn’t been replaced is the consuming desire to destroy all institutions, whether those institutions have been ordained by God or by man.
Led by Bernie Sanders, the progressive army is in the midst of a scorched earth campaign that seeks to leave any opposition writhing on scaffolds that have been decorated with coexist stickers.
While having a different ideological starting point than progressives, the other extreme of this country’s widening divide has the objective of tearing down existing institutions, too. Donald Trump supporters believe that the society has betrayed them, wants to see them under the thumb of undocumented workers, and will eventually force them into same-sex marriages in ceremonies that will be held inside of mosques. They are scared, angry, and desperate. So desperate, in fact, that Trumpkins believe that the best course of action to “Make America Great” again is to root out all opposition to their goals and hoist them on a petard covered with kitschy gold leaf adorned with an extra-large-yet-totally-not-compensating-for-something "T."
Unfortunately, for both Trumpkins and those who feel the Bern, many in this country are selfishly *cough* averse to tearing everything down. Regardless of whether the two sides' starting gates align, their "kissing cousins" desire to destroy the existing society is facing an obstacle that is probably going to prove too formidable of an opponent. However, there is a solution: combine forces.
A Sanders/Trump ticket (or Trump/Sanders ticket, I’m sure that they can reasonably hash it out) would be too much idiocy passion to stop.
For the sake of authorial integrity, I should clarify that I understand that extremists on the left and extremists on the right appear to be working at cross purposes. The revered institutions that the two sides want to destroy aren’t always the same. But the endgames of both will work out to ensure the destruction of our entire way of life; that’s what’s important.
For example, both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump demonstrate an admirable contempt for basic economic theory. And their preferred candidate’s disdain for sound economics seems to be a major plus for both Bernites and Trumpkins. Basically, every discussion I have with individuals who feel the Bern ends with the Bernite whining, “But, but … economics is hard!” And, Trumpkins appear to believe that initiating a global trade war fits neatly under their stated goal to “Make American Great Again.” Apparently, “great” means much higher consumer costs and bread lines. Clearly Trumpkins and Bernites have a common endgame.