Sometimes politicians and political pundits are surprised by election results when they misread the mood of the electorate. In Canada, Thomas Mulcair was guilty of that. In the U.S. two outsiders are drawing a lot of attention that harken to dissatisfaction with a rigged political process. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both taking on the traditional ruling establishment.

Donald Trump is a huckster and marketer and has a record of bombast with no substance. Bernie Sanders has a record on being on the right side of issues when it was unpopular to speak up and has been vindicated each time as the American public catches up with him on issues like the Iraq war, the financial crises and the one percenters.

Hillary Clinton won the Democratic contest in New York while paradoxically Bernie Sanders drew huge crowds in places like Manhattan. Unfortunately, people were excluded from voting in that pivotal primary. The reasoning to exclude voters is that the other side may vote in numbers to push an unelectable candidate in the opposing party.

Based on the crowd sizes and the excitement of independents that is not what is happening here. The Democratic establishment is rigging the process with their tactics. They may win the battle and have Clinton as the presidential candidate but may lose the war because it seems like the U.S. electorate is ready to rebel against a corporate engineered result.

If they vote with their gut in the United States, Trump will beat Clinton. Sadly, Bernie Sanders would have beaten Donald Trump because he is a rare instance of emotion and reason converging to lift a country back to greatness.

Russell Pangborn, Keswick

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I can't joke about this.  We're talking about a career politician with serious credentials versus a reality TV blowhard know-nothing.  A concerted effort has to start NOW to get people thinking less with their gut than with their gray matter and give Hillary not just a win but a landslide, something the US hasn't seen in at least 30 years.

I can't joke about this.

We're talking about a career politician with serious credentials versus a reality TV blowhard know-nothing ... who approves of violence, who encourages his supporters to beat up protesters. That alone should disqualify him from consideration in a civilized society.

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I agree. Amazing that has got this far. But I'm still trying to get my head around how Texas can rewrite history books, how Sandy Hook victims are re victimized by gun nuts, how religious freedom laws can take away other peoples human rights.

All that stuff should be disqualified in a civilized society.

The best way to explain what's going on in Texas is to listen to AronRa lay it down.  Long story short, Texas consumes the most schoolbooks, so they have a strong influence on what goes into them.  Mix in the Texas State School Board, which is stuffed to the nines with evangelical christians and the picture becomes clearer.  Aron has tilted against these fatuous fools for a while now and had more than a little success.

The religious freedom laws are a reaction to the loss of christian privilege which is happening at least in part because of people like US.  As for Sandy Hook and the 2nd Amendment ... [sigh] ... don't get me started.

Loren - I know there are reason to explain Texas, Sandy Hook and religious freedom stances. I just can't fathom a civilized society thinking and acting that way. There needs to be a fundamental change in the culture that allows a minority to dictate to a majority. (At least I hope it is a minority that is driving this)

As I see it, the real driver here is the fossil-fuel rich oligarchy, manipulating citizens by controlling mass media and buying politicians. There are many other factors, of course, such as TV and video games replacing reading.

in a civilized society--there's the rub.

Perzactly, Bert.

The above-named behaviors--our gun violence and our dependence on a legal drug we know as religion--are but two symptoms of a condition that justifies America's not being considered a civilized society.

Each of us can identify other symptoms, and each of us can be distracted from looking for and correcting the cause(s).

When you read my bit you might think I am joking. I am not.

In Missouri we have many people that cannot understand it when you tell them Trump won't be able to load illegals on buses and just haul them away. These same people want a giant border wall and apparently have not heard of airplanes. These are the same ones who thought Obama had no U.S. birth certificate and someone would show up at the White House and take him by the hand and lead him away. Again, I hear them talk and they say there is still time for Obama to take over the government. This is all the same ignorance that binds them to Trump as he was one of the originals in wanting a birth certificate.

Now we get into Hillary and I read a headline that says the FBI still has some questions about her e-mails. No they don't. Investigations have long ago moved away from this. Instead, it is politics talking here. My only regret with Hillary is her ties to big banks and PAC money, but this could be said about a lot of candidates.

The Trump experiment only goes to show how the public would accept being governed by a billionaire front man. If this works out you might have Mafia or drug cartels in control next just like some of the "futuristic" movies that we see.

Not very encouraging Michael. Would you say that is a minority or majority of people from Missouri? Even better is it a small minority.

I would say it is mostly those in the $8 to $15 an hour range. These are the people I am in contact with. Higher income people are usually more intelligent.

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