So some pretty significant news out of the The Wall Street Journal, where Democratic Pollster, Doug Schoen suggested that the battered Hillary Clinton could be denied the nomination if Bernie Sanders wins the Golden State race on June 7. And it should really come as no surprise given the surge of victories racked up lately by the 70 something socialist. In fact, the race was much closer from the get go than reported by main stream media who have quite presumptuously granted Hillary the lion’s share of superdelegates since day one. These superdelegates now appear to be getting a bit nervous as a result of the onslaught of allegations against the Clintons by various courts and none other than the FBI itself.
But putting Billary aside, what’s got me fascinated about the prospect of a Bernie vs Trump showdown is the incredible similarity between these two movements. Now before backers on either side start throwing punches in my direction, hear me out. While the Sanders supporters have been led to believe Trump supporters are bigoted wealthy white folks things couldn’t be further from the truth. And while Trump supporters see only crazed immigrants waving Mexican flags and giving the finger to America during the #NeverTrump protests, this too is a disingenuous representation of Sanders supporters.
Now keep calm and continue to follow me on this. Remember I’m not claiming the two men are homologous but that the movements they embody are nearly one in the same, merely manifesting through one man or the other due to what life stage the voter is in. What is clear is that both candidates have stirred an awakening of members of society who feel as though they have been left behind. And while we’ve been trained to point fingers to the right and to the left, if we are honest with ourselves, the truth is that we as a people have been terribly apathetic toward our civil obligation to be consciously proactive in the development and maintenance of ‘the system’. And so care of the system has been left to the establishment of both the Right and the Left. The result of which is a system designed by and for the plutocrats.
Understanding that is how we bridge the gap between these two movements. You see while plutocrats for thousands of years have been proselytizing the fight of the people against the bad people on the other side, the real two party system has always been those in power and everyone else. Below I will provide a couple charts to show you just how similar Trump and Bernie supporters are when we remove the rhetoric.
The number one demographic for Bernie is not illegal immigrants looking for a free hand out but youth. Depending on which poll, Bernie is taking upward of 65% to 75% of those between 18 & 29 years old. That is an incredible statistic. And remember, Millennials are the largest demographic in America today (yes larger than the baby boomers). But let’s take a look at why this demographic has become a movement.
According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data, “In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household”. The Pew research goes on to highlight that by 2014 32.1% of this demographic were living at home with their parents, more than the 31.6% living with spouses or partners. And why is this the case?
Well let’s take a look at income and debt. In 2000 nearly 80% of those in their early to mid 20’s were working. Today that figure is down to 70%. That is an incredible drop in just a 15 year period. So we see that jobs are much more sparse than they were for past generations, in fact, you’d have to go back to 1970 to find a worse labor participation rate for this demographic. And let’s have a look at actual weekly earnings for the Bernie demographic.
About $500 a week or $24,000 per year in income, so slightly below the Federal guidelines poverty level for a family of four (and they wonder why millennials aren’t starting families).
But what about debt? The next chart shows the total amount of student debt held by those under 30 years old (about 1/3 of all student debt as per a NY Fed study).
The amount of debt held by those under 30 has more than doubled over the past 10 years.
Hmmm doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the problem. Student debt has been rising like the sun while incomes have barely budged.
Ok so in short, Millennials are in deep sh!t fiscally speaking. And so what better candidate to get behind than a man promising to lift the financial burden and place it squarely on the shoulders of the .1%. Makes perfect sense.
But this next bit I’m almost certain is going to blow your mind.
Let’s take a close look at who really is backing Trump.
Not too long ago I was researching some statistics for another research project and discovered that there are 29 states that have lost total manufacturing income since 2007 (or just prior to the financial crisis). This essentially means that there are less manufacturing jobs in those states today than before the crisis. Of those 29 states, 27 had completed their Republican primary elections while there were still at least two candidates in the race (meaning while Trump still had to fight for votes).
Up to this same point in time Trump had racked up 26 wins. Of those 26 wins, 25 were states that had lost manufacturing jobs. This means that of the 27 states that both lost manufacturing jobs and completed their primary election, 25 of them went to Trump. That’s 93% and 96% of Trump’s wins (25 of 26) were lost manufacturing states.
What this suggests is that it isn’t the wealthy white folks driving the Trump Train but struggling middle and lower middle class households that have awakened to the fact that ‘the system’ is working against rather than for them. But for this demographic jobs not socialism is the answer. This is true because these voters had good jobs and so it’s what they know and it is part of their identity and ego. For them taking a government subsidy would feel as though they’ve failed their families. Remember these folks have families.
And so Sanders supporters are debt ridden and jobless under 30’s that are looking to socialism to lift the burden making Sanders the obvious choice. Trump supporters are over 30 and see jobs as a part of their personal identity and so for them Trump is the obvious choice. But don’t lose sight of the fact that both of these groups, nay, both of these movements share the very same mother; desperation. Both of these movements are borne of a desperation of not only being left behind but that if the system doesn’t change dramatically and imminently the future too is gone.
I offer you this last interesting bit which should convince those supporters to bring these two movements together rather than continuing their plutocrat-orchestrated fight. Below is undeniable evidence that the two party system truly is the haves and the have nots, not the right and left. Have a look at the following truth about the ‘Trickle Down’ policies.
What becomes painfully clear is that your government has been lying to you. It is not a coincidence that the bankers and corporations have reaped wildly while the average American has gained nothing. The system is designed by and for the plutocrats. They use the Right and Left to divide and conquer we the plebs. But by acknowledging that the Trump and Sanders movements are actually one and the same the plebs can effectively focus on the unified objective of taking back ‘the system’.