Thinking Outside the Box: Political Leaders

By Nicholas Perugini, Trending Writer

The American people are tired of career politicians. The congressional deadlock that has plagued our nation the last couple of years has angered lots of Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, Congress’ approval rating has been below 30% for 3 years. Both Democrats and Republicans have been blamed for the failures of the legislative branch. This has caused frustration and general outrage among the average citizen. The Presidential election has helped channel this anger to the debates and polls. Representing the cries for change and progress are the Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Though both men are running from two opposing parties, they are similar in many ways. Donald Trump has gained the Republican Party’s front runner spot for his brutal critique of our current political system. Trump’s rhetoric has been considered unconventional by lots of career politicians. He has directly called people losers, stupid, and failures. No candidate running for president would ever do this on a live stage in front of millions of people, except for Trump. This is why for the past 11 months he has been leading the polls. He has played the outsider well and has separated himself clearly away from the Republican establishment.

Bernie Sanders has gained popularity by calling himself a democratic socialist and opposing Hilary Clinton. Other Democrat nominees have dropped out of the race because of Clinton’s mass support and political influence. This excludes Bernie Sanders, who has run a close campaign with Clinton for the past couple months. Using the injustices of the Great Recession, Sanders’ campaign has targeted the one’s responsible. People are angered that the big banks were able to get away with little repercussion, and that current politicians like Secretary Clinton are taking their money to fund their campaigns. Sanders’ rallies have been filled with rhetoric about how he will take the down the banks and get money out of politics. He is openly opposing the Democratic Party’s favorite candidate and this has fueled his campaign.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are similar candidates, despite running for different parties. They are two sides of the same coin, both want to change the current broken political system. These two candidates have proven that they are not part of the political establishment and they want to take it down by using the dissatisfaction of the average Americans to fuel their campaign. Until citizen’s see change in the political system, candidates of these extremes will remain popular.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 26th print edition.

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