US democracy is in tatters. Even if a Bernie Sanders could win the presidency, would he be able to accomplish much given a political establishment owned and operated by the wealthy?
The issue is that there is no longer a counterbalance to the domination of our political system by the plutocrats. Unions and the labor movement served this role from the 1930s to the 1970s. But today there are no comparable mass organizations, and we need them and a mobilized populace to go with them.
Both the presidency of Trump and #Oprah2020 are symptomatic of a culture dominated by celebrities and empty entertainment. To have a healthy democracy, people need to discuss politics and pay attention to what’s going on. Having someone as jarringly bad a President as Trump is could be a blessing if it wakes enough people up.