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2016: The year of the third American party?
Amer Zahr
by Amer Zahr
June 22nd, 2016 (No comments)
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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump do have one thing in common. Their respective movements in 2016 have caused deep cracks in what has for so long seemed so unshakeable in our politics. They have each caused a large swath of Americans to ask deep questions of our traditional two-party system. 

Donald Trump spent much of his primary campaign maligning a corrupt, rigged system in the GOP. Similarly, Bernie Sanders, now that it seems his presidential aspirations might (I repeat, might) be over, has made it clear that he intends to use his political capital to fundamentally alter the way the system works in the Democratic party. 

I should confess here that I am a surrogate for Senator Sanders, and I have witnessed a wave a fresh energy across the country as a result of Bernie's messaging amd consistency. I have also witnessed a troubling trend from supporters and surrogates of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It is their widely held contention that Bernie supporters must simply fall in line with their candidate. This is, after all, the Democratic party. And we need to close ranks, right? Wrong.

What Clinton supporters seem to wilfully ignore is the glaring reality that Bernie's supporters are largely individuals who have never been involved in any presidential politics, let alone any particular party. They do not hold any historical or emotional affinity for the Democratic party, especially since they have been drawn into a campaign that has as one of its foundations the dismantling of corrupt campaign finance systems and special interest groups.

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* Amer Zahr is a Palestinian American comedian, writer, professor and speaker living in Dearborn, Michigan. He is also the editor of "The Civil Arab."

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