It’s all but inevitable now that the November general election will pit Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. But between the #NeverTrump movement and the rise of #DropOutHillary overnight, it’s crystal clear that the vast majority of average Americans aren’t satisfied with either choice.
Conservative Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse isn’t satisfied, either. He posted a lengthy political rant to Facebook Wednesday night, and to sum up his feelings on the presidential race: “There are dumpster fires in my town more popular than” either Trump or Clinton. From Reason:
In the “open letter to majority America” that Sasse posted to Facebook Wednesday, it’s pretty clear he’s testing the waters for an independent presidential run (if not by himself, than by someone). Yet somehow the standard ranting and raving about “Washington dysfunction” and the need for unity comes off not like a stilted, empty tirade but … honest. Righteously angry. Maybe even a tiny bit substantive. Sure, there’s the hokey dialogues he allegedly had at the Fremont, Nebraska, Walmart that morning, but there’s also a willingness to engage with the idea—oft touted by the likes of all of us here at Reason—that people’s dissatisfaction with both Republicans and Democrats is totally warranted, because both parties failed the people long before Trump vs. Clinton 2016.
Sasse is right. Republicans and Democrats alike have failed their constituents, and both parties have lost their identities outside of being “anti-Democrat” and “anti-Republican,” respectively. Neither are working for majority America; they’re working against each other — and voters of all ages know it. It’s not a coincidence that Google searches for “Libertarian Party” spiked after Ted Cruz dropped out of the race.
So what should majority America do? Sasse suggests drafting “an honest leader who will focus on 70% solutions for the next four years” who “should be able to campaign 24/7 for the next six months.” He doesn’t name any names, but he points out that “even a genuine consensus candidate would almost certainly be more conservative than either of the two dishonest liberals now leading the two national parties.”
“Remember,” he adds, “our Founders didn’t want entrenched political parties. So why should we accept this terrible choice?”
Read his entire rant below: