You know, I think the two major political parties have pretty severe problems with cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is the mind’s struggle to maintain contradictory beliefs.
In the Republicans’ case for the last three decades they’ve been preaching small government while doing almost nothing to reduce the size and reach of government. The resolution of their conflict seems to be the quasi-religious but empirically unfounded belief that tax cuts always pay for themselves.
The Democrats for their part struggle to be the party of the little guy while deriving most of their strength from the very biggest guys. Their resolution appears to be the equally dubious belief that if you just pay the top quintile of income earners enough it will solve the problems of the poor.
For the Republicans their long-overdue chickens have come home to roost and the name of the rooster is “Donald Trump”. I think he’s the candidate of “throw the bums out”. It hasn’t dawned on Trump supporters yet that even if he wins the bums will still be left in.
The Democrats have yet to receive their comeuppance but I believe it’s inevitable that they will. When they do it will be, as somebody might say, yuge.