In response to an FT article by Ed Luce on 20th March 2016, entitled 'The new class warfare in America'
"Which party represents them best? Is it the Republicans who keep cutting taxes on thresholds way above their pay grade? Or the Democrats whose organising principle is diversity?"
Neither. For decades the choice has been between the Republican wing of the big government, jobs for the boys, league of cronies - who like 'guns'...or the Democratic wing of the big government, jobs for the boys, league of cronies - who like 'butter'. Both of whom are on the Wall Street payroll, as typified by Hillary (It's my turn) Clinton, Mittens (I missed my turn) Romney, and even Ted (Blues Brother) Cruz who, although he's on a mission from God during the day, at night he goes home to discuss mammon with his Goldman Sachs wife.
Either way, the thing that is driving the popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, along with the global trend towards independence movements, calls for referenda, and fringe parties...is disgust with the 'deal' which defines the political compact between the 'elites', and the 'plebs', which by the way, is a much bigger constituency than angry, white, working class men from south of the Mason-Dixon line. The US variety of this compact goes something like this:
'Hi, my name is Mr. Snake-Oil, and I'm running for office. I represent the Demopublican Party. I care about real people like you far more than those (insert your own insult) people from the Repubocrat Party. I need your votes and Wall Street money in order to get elected. So I will appear to listen intently, I will make you all sorts of promises, and then when I get to Washington, I will ignore you and serve the money that put me there - can I count on your vote?
It would be much more convenient for the establishment politicians and their paymasters if they could explain away people like Trump with 'racism' or some other 'ism'. Unfortunately, for them, it doesn't matter how many insults they throw, how many times they plead that the people are being misled, or how often they whine that 'reason' is being drowned out by the sound of the evil trumpet...none of that will change the fact that there is a trend in motion that could be summed up as: 'You’re dishonest and you don’t care - your time's up'.
And in far too many cases Mr. Luce, that is undoubtedly true