The next President of the United States will have the ability to nominate not only one, but up to four, new Justices to the Supreme Court. The rights of LGBTs, women, children, seniors, patients, and immigrants are at stake in this election. Texans, think twice before you head to the polls to register your "protest vote".
The current socioeconomic conditions have created the climate for the emergence of these divergent populist brands today. It is the dramatic shift of the Republican Party to the right and the slow drift of the Democratic Party toward the center over time, however, that has contributed to and helped define the nature of the right and left wing versions of populism.
We liberals yearn for instant 'revolution' while holding the ugly political nitty gritty in contempt. We can't even be bothered to show up for a non-presidential election. Instead, we look for a savior who'll turn it all around with a wave of the hand because we consider anything more political than occasional voting beneath us.