How did it come to this? That is a question which is eternally scary because it is always asked after the fact. However the answer is simple enough. We have a conservative hard right mentality in charge of the corridors of oligarchy. Big money has presented us with two candidates who look different but essentially hold to a similar world view yet stand united in opposition to a third candidate ...Bernie with his people's perspective. When viewed against Bernie's unexpectedly and by now unquestionably substantial popular support, suddenly Hillary and Trump seem much closer in outlook, if not actual equals except in style.
Two against one. Yep pretty much that has been the way of this election so far. The world faces an unparalled upheaval in the very near future with the dangers of catastrophic climate change forcing the involuntary cessation of fossil fuels from our technological civilization. For the first time the oligarchy that in large part draws their profits from that fossil fuel use is facing something they actually never expected to have to deal with. The rapid end of fossi fuel use, To paraphrase > Oil is forever! They took that as a given. But now it isn't a given any longer and everything is changing fast. How can such a radical shift in our technology and economy take place without certain historical forces undergoing major disruptions and tensions?
In light of history, this crazy election seems almost like it should be expected at a time of major change at the crossroads. So rather than trusting in democracy - oligarchs might exclaim -'What has democracy ever done for me?' - we see two sides of oligarchy's coin! Trump or Hillary both opposing the people's choice candidate which seems exactly like what such a historically significant moment - a crossroads moment of economics and political change - would present to us.
Which is worse of the two? Trump's racism and climate change denial puts him one or two steps worse than Hillary but is that enough? In any case, here at the end of the age of oil when humanity could use a honest and decent man to hold the reins of power (and perhaps save the goose that laid the golden egg) to help usher us through an age of turmoil as smoothly as possible, we instead are faced with two bellicose personalities who remain stuck in the past and its conflicts and oil based economics exactly as oligarchs wanting to avoid change want. With either expect the future to be more conflicted than it need be. An unique irony is fighting for mid east oil and strategic moves over pipelines when in only a couple of decades the region will be economically unimportant. You see why oligarchs and power brokers and even the military can't get their minds around a future without oil? They just don't know How! So while the world finally rejects oil, these two fossils would perpetuate the oil wars in the Mid East, will fight to build unneeded pipelines for fossil fuels and deregulate and dismantle (EPA) and delay change etc.
The what if moment has arisen. A future generation will look back at us from their misery at this moment and wonder what if we hadn't rigged the game against that Bernie guy and what if he had done the things we all needed to stave off the misery? What if he had helped us and the world get off oil in time to keep so much of the worst from happening? What if Americans had really believed in their own democracy enough to have defended it and to have preserved it for the future? What if oligarchy had been pushed back and it really had been >>> Government of the people, by the people and for the people?
What is the difference between Hillary and Trump? The only real difference is Bernie Sanders!
What if we had had real democracy that one last time before oligarchy cemented their permanent control?