The Year of Authenticity–Not Anger

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The surprising strength of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in primary campaigns of both parties leads leading commentators to describe 2016 as the “Year of Anger” for the electorate.  But a closer look at recent returns suggests that voters actually care more about another A-word: authenticity.

Whatever their faults in ideology or substance, both Sanders and Trump seem genuine and sincere. They defy political correctness by advocating socialism, or calling for a ban on all Muslim immigrants, rather than playing the cautious, inoffensive role preferred by most politicians.

Their authenticity, rather than their anger, appeals to the wary, weary populace. But analysts shouldn’t get the wrong idea: voters won’t respond to angry appeals if they are perceived as phony, while they will rally to an optimistic, pragmatic agenda if its advocates seem authentic.

This may not be the year when Americans reject optimists, but it is the year when we renounce frauds.

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  1. William B Dean  •  Feb 19, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Hillary's dangerous vulnerability on personal integrity? She doesn't have any. I can't believe that in this day and age we have two choices for emperor–a socialist who takes other peoples money and gives it away, or an entreprenurial builder and business tycoon who builds buildings , supplies jobs and wages, and can't be bought or sold like the other slimes, scums, weasels, perverts, traitors, illegal alien from Kenya, out and out crooks that make the Mafia look like Boy Scouts which run the government.

  2. Harvey Homan  •  Feb 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Voters are more than tired of the way politics are practiced, which to my mind has produced self-serving egotists bent on lining their own pockets rather than representing their constituents. Political office is a license to steal. Why else would candidates spend millions chasing a job that pays thousands? Trump and Bernie are different in that Trump can't possibly be in it for money, and Bernie is a closet Marxist with an agenda. For me, that leaves Trump. Both Clintons should be in prison!

    • Jay Pole  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Interesting observation, since the one who is in court for fraud is Donald Trump.

    • Jay Pole  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      The desire for Power is much more powerful than the desire for money.

  3. gail barone  •  Feb 24, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    thank you for your radio show. (i just lost comments i wanted to copy i guess i was on the site to long)
    but i do want to voice how disgusted i am with Trump
    i cant believe that voters are repeating the same adoration and foolishness voters had for Obama
    (may they are the same ones) Radio host Gallager and Hannity are following right behind them
    i am waiting for one of them to say the are having the same experience Chris Mathews had.
    iam so disgusted with Trump
    I cant understand what they think hes going to do? it is reality TV in the political arena!
    he says allot about all these things he has done in the past as a businesses person and refers allot to that when asked how he will make changes for the good of america.
    He Never mentions working with the republican party to unite the party and help it grow into a vibrant and energetic
    Political group working for the american people, while focusing and gaining strength from the Constitution of American
    i cannot vote for him if he is elected as the candidate for the presidency.
    I just cant vote for someone who i feel is not worthy of that position.
    i have tried to have hope in america in these last years but the needed changes/ or personal growth will not happen through him
    the secular world has taken over and unfortunately the nation is following right along
    God Bless you and Dennis Praeger for standing strong for TRUTH

  4. Nani  •  Feb 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    How extraordinarily stupid. So people believe the answer to politicians is to put in wannabes that couldn't possibly be in it for the money (so what IS he in it for?) or a closet marxist? Is anyone of these people even asking WHY is Trump or Sanders running for the POTUS?

    Does anyone believe that either man are doing so out of the goodness of their heart? The answer is power and BOTH believe that the power should be in THEIR hands not the hands of the people via their representatives (Congress). In other words, they are telling America to TRUST THEM, THEIR intelligence, THEIR goodness, THEIR morals.

    The very serious question is: do you?

  5. David Chambers  •  Mar 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Did it really take an announcement by Donald Trump to cancel his Chicago rally? I think it was pretty self evident what was going on, whether or not the Chicago police had to the word full blown riot out to him! Seems like his fix is to plaster his face all over the problematic situation and call it good. That might work for sausage, but not necessarily for a large group vitriolic group of Chicago protesters!

    • David Chambers  •  Mar 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Add word "spell' and 'of'. My apologies!-

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