While political pundits bore us with lengthy discussions why the disruptors, like Trump and Sanders, have such grass-root support, it is pretty much clear to your everyday American voter – no matter, what his/her political orientation is. Everyone is tired of the status quo (for both parties), tired of empty promises, lies, and trickery of Wall Street that hurts the ‘little guy’, tired of being called racists and bigots while having a simple human desire of law and order across the land and safety for their families. 2016 will be the year of an ‘underdog’ in politics as people are almost throwing up watching carrier politicians debate each other using cliche statements.
You may disagree with Bernie Sanders socialist agenda or embrace his promise of free college for everyone but you can’t ignore the breath of fresh air that his campaign brings. BTW, if they have free college education in Denmark and Germany, what prevents America from extending the same benefit to its people?
Monica Crowley wrote in Washington Times: “First and most importantly, he unabashedly champions America — and Americans. He has very effectively turned the tables on the left, which has weaponized its agenda against anyone who dares to disagree with it. We are branded as racists, sexists, Islamophobes, homophobes and bigots, while they use the full force of government to force compliance. Most Americans are sick of being turned into the enemy, stripped of both our hard-earned money to pay for the leftist agenda and our ability to feel good about ourselves in our own country. Further, by turning what Hillary Clinton calls “everyday Americans” into the enemy, the left has made it harder to see and deal with our real enemies… The subtext of Mr. Trump’s message? Stop making us the enemy. That’s immensely powerful.”
That unapologetic, anti-politician, anti-establishment agenda that both Trump and Sanders champion, resonates very well with people across the party lines. How do they express it – with humor, using beloved media for sharp satire of politically-incorrect messages such as T-shirts and bumper stickers. (Someone should do a bumper sticker poll – hint-hint!)
Why do political T-shirts resonate with millennials and young at heart crowd? The trend has been analyzed during the last presidential election campaign: “Paired with jeans or dressed up with a seersucker jacket and khakis for a night on the town, the shirts are turning up on city streets and retail shelves like never before. Fashion insiders attribute the trend to an emerging young, casual voter — one ready to mix politics with sneakers — as well as professionals who’ve embraced the campaign and are slipping into Obamawear to make a statement as much about their political leanings as their hipness.” (source)
Meanwhile both ‘underdogs’ Trump and Sanders run as if they have nothing to loose. Bernie doesn’t need the presidency – he is a senator from Vermont. Hilary runs her campaign as she wants it desperately and deserves it, no matter what.
“Donald Trump doesn’t need the presidency. With a multi-billion-dollar empire, he’ll be just fine without it. That has liberated him to say and do things that may be unconventional and not particularly graceful, but which resonate strongly with an electorate parched for truth — and for the battle for the future.
The other candidates should take note: Running as if you have nothing to lose may, in fact, be the way to win.” (Monica Crowley, Washington Times)