A Populist Election to Win

This still is an anti-establishment election. It was considered so in both the major party primaries with the elevation of Donald Trump and the popularity of Bernie Sanders. Trump and Sanders each represent a populist movement of people who are fed up with the political class and the status quo. Even today, RealClear Politics shows 65% of the American people believe our country is heading in the wrong direction.

Populist messages have gained traction in this election period because the average American is quenched for real change.  The problems that affect them and their families have progressively gotten worse over many election cycles and they’re looking for solutions to these problems that the establishment has not provided.

The establishment and its tired policy positions could not win this election year. In the Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton changed her positions on many issues because of the popularity of Bernie Sanders. Her public words, however, do not match what her true policy positions are. She has been a part of the establishment for thirty years and will continue to be a pawn for lobbyists, large campaign donors, and foreign and domestic donors to the Clinton Foundation. The entrenched establishment, on both sides of the aisle, supports her because she is one of them and will champion policy that benefits the ruling class at the expense of the rest of us. She says one thing in public, but believes another thing in private. 

Public Words vs. Private Positions

These two faces of Clinton are evident by examining her positions on free trade, which is responsible for the loss of manufacturing jobs and the disappearance of the middle class. She supported NAFTA that Bill Clinton signed into law and she was for TPP when she oversaw the negotiation of this trade agreement as secretary of state, calling it the “gold standard.” During the Democratic primaries, however, for political expediency, she reversed her position and came out against TPP. There is no doubt that if she is elected, TPP will be ratified at the expense of American workers.

The real Hillary Clinton can be found in her paid speeches and not what she says publicly. The voters don’t get to ‘play’, but only those who ‘pay’.  The Clinton donors and financial benefactors are ones who get their policy ideas advanced.  

In recent emails released by WikiLeaks, Hillary said in two paid speeches…

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders…” – paid speech to Brazilian Banco Itau in 2013

“But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.” – paid speech to the National Multi-Housing Council in 2013

True blue Democrats will always support Hillary even if she’s a member of the establishment. But there are millions of voters, who are not beholden to either party, that would support and follow someone who was leading a movement to reform D.C for the betterment of everyday Americans.

In order to shake things up in Washington and advance policies for the American people, there needs to be someone who is not beholden to the establishment or big financial donors. If you believe we only have a binary choice, either Clinton or Trump, then only one of these are truly unshackled from the political system and uniquely qualified to put America first and to make America great again.

 

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