I’ve noticed lately how choosing whom to vote for feels a lot like buying a used car. You expect dishonesty; you expect to get screwed; you expect false promises and overdone pandering to which the likes of are only acceptable in one other institution: church.
You never expect things to go overly well, and when they do, you can’t help but feel like you’re about to wake up from the illusion of it at any moment. You know, that moment when the check engine light that flicks on while you are sipping your overpriced-morning-addiction coffee — that coffee that was supposed to fill your day with promise and resilient optimism.
That is how I have always felt about voting, and I’m pretty sure I am not alone in that. What else could explain how anyone could actually muster up the kind of forced enthusiasm it takes to admit, in a nonelusive way, that they’re voting for Hillary? We all know better.
Yes, we do.
But that is the sort of cognitive dissonance that we’ve become willing to accept from people who are known liars. And the thing that keeps hitting me lately is what would actually happen if you met a used-car dealer who was actually honest? Who had a proven track record spanning decades helping those who needed it the most?
Would we be too inundated by a sort of consumer disassociation to fully appreciate the novelty of salesmen who shocked us by breaking the mold? Perhaps a person whose quality of integrity was so novel that the title “salesperson” was outweighed by their more prominent title: human. We would look at them like, “What the hell are you doing here? You can’t actually be seriously offering me a deal that makes sense? This is a lot to take in.”
This, I believe, is the real reason that people and pundits are having a hard time wrapping their heads around Bernie Sanders. It’s not that he’s an admitted democratic socialist (it’s really not). It’s that he actually means what he says. And it freaks us out as Americans. The question is: Are we even going to be able to spot a good deal when we see one?
— Ryan Russell