By now it should be clear that, whatever your party loyalties or personal feelings, Donald Trump's populism was a con. Instead of draining the swamp, he's filled his administration with industry lobbyists, big bankers, the rich and powerful, and family members (not to mention at least one paid agent of a foreign government). Instead of a border wall paid for by Mexico, any wall, however ineffective or actively harmful, will be paid for by the American taxpayer. Instead of healthcare that leaves no one behind whole being more affordable, the plans currently under consideration leave tens of millions with no insurance, and the elderly with huge potential premium increases.
For those who voted for Trump to avoid a Clinton presidency, I'll say this: I understand.
Hillary, no less than Trump, represented the interests of Wall Street, The World Bank, big polluters, elites, and party insiders.
There is one movement, though, that stands in opposition to the agendas of both Democrats and Republicans.
Put aside the social issues that divide Americans so bitterly, but that don't play any role in our day-to-day lives. Put aside the tweets and Putin, too. If you find yourself frustrated that Trump's America continues to send good jobs overseas, that in Trump's America your real income is still not rising or that your quality of life has deteriorated, that the highways and bridges and utility grids and broadband systems in Trump's America are still falling apart or vulnerable to manipulation or attack, there is another way.
Reject the Democratic and Republican parties. Tell your leaders that instead of an economy that insists on showering the rich with more, you demand that the government treats your money as an investment in your people and your communities. Instead of out-of-control health care costs through for-profit markets, you want universal coverage. Instead of trade deals that are designed to benefit multinational corporations, you want a say in the rules that govern your local resources and economy. Instead of waiting for the free market to make a good education attainable, instead of waiting for a defense industry that sells weapons to countries that support terrorism to make us safe, and instead of hoping beyond hope that, some day, the profit margins may be great enough to consider saving our civilization and our planet, consider supporting a truly populist and genuinely democratic platform —democratic socialism.