How to explain the appeal of Trump and Sanders? It can’t be the substance of their positions or statements they make. Both are off base and unrealistic. A critical, objective analysis (by many people more qualified than me) of their positions in many areas shows they won’t work and or result in serious negative consequences, especially for the economy as whole. From banning immigrants to wealth transfer to keeping the poor that way to isolationism or tons of “free” stuff it’s all short-sighted, naive and … appealing.
So, how can these two men on opposite ends of the political spectrum and reality gain as much support as they have?
Paul Rubin writing in a WSJ OP-Ed said it best. Their message is “Superficially appealing.”
They appeal to fear, bigotry, envy and to those looking for scapegoats to blame for anything they feel is unfair … except their own actions.
What worries me more than anything else is that so many Americans easily buy into the Trump or Sanders rhetoric. I would have thought (hoped) that with today’s access to information virtually unlimited more people would be assessing the facts, the history and the pro and con critical analysis available. Instead, every form of communication is used to further mislead and promote superficial thinking.
Even as Trump and Sanders fade away, we will still be left with a large portion of the population looking for superficially appealing solutions to our many serious problems.
Where are we headed?