As a spectator down here, it's very interesting to watch.
I have friends that are supporting Trump and some that are supporting Clinton. Basically good people on each side with no major character flaws. But each has their reasons.
For the trump supporters, they say the system's broken and it will take an outsider to fix it. That's pretty much all it is. They aren't overtly racist (it doesn't come up in conversation), they might have a bias against immigration, and lightly support some his 'policies' - but for the most part they think he's an outsider who will "fix things".
I know more people that wanted Bernie to get the nomination, but now most are backing Clinton under the lessor of two evils theory.
Then there are some that just think Clinton is a good, hard working politician who will make things happen.
It's really scary to start thinking about how this election could go and for what reasons.
I have to think that anyone who is supporting trump because he'll fix things is seriously delusional. My only comment to that is "Why would a narcissistic billionaire want to help the lower classes of society?" I've never liked this guy, from his stupid show to his ugly towers and his overbearing personality. It turn out that he will likely just hand the reins over to his VP and go around making speeches. His biggest challenge as president would be to put his investments in a blind trust and stay out of trumpcorp for 4 years.
As for Clinton, she is carrying WAY too much baggage into this election. If you think the Republicans obstructed Obama, just wait to see how they 'work' with Clinton. Unless the Dems win the house and senate, nothing will get done for 4 years (and maybe that's a good thing). The only positive about Clinton getting in that it will be business as usual for wall street and the stock market. There may some slight social progress, but for the most part, stability will be the theme and the dollar should hold its value.
What amazes me is that the Libertarians have not jumped into this election and played the center-left position. They may never have a better chance to cash in on a voting public that is fed up with both parties and has a large dislike of each candidate. They sadly have a deep core of wing nuts that will keep the party from taking flight.
In the end, November could easily see trump as president as his base is very, very passionate and will get out to vote. The dems are losing the younger voters, but should have enough minority votes to keep the presidency - IF they can get them to vote.
The debates could actually swing this thing. trump could bully Clinton and engage his base and likely offend the rest, or he could make Clinton look foolish (remember the barking like a dog speech?). On the other hand Clinton could make trump appear to all like the ignorant, uninformed con-man he is and sway a lot of voters.
It's ugly down here. The sheer contempt that each side has for the other is growing and each side gets more polarized and further apart.
Like your healthcare system, your election system may have some flaws, but appreciate what you have and especially what you don't have.
Over 40 years of pain - I just want one day of glory.