by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds
The American public deserves the opportunity to vote for Sanders, Trump, and whatever hacks the two elitist war parties select.
If the Republican Party chooses a candidate other than Donald Trump at its convention, the possibility that Trump would declare a third-party/ independent candidacy is already mainstream. This would create a three-candidate race for the presidency in which the independent actually has a chance to win, given the monumental disgust of the voting public with the corrupt, elitist and profoundly venal parties.
[…] So what’s to keep Bernie Sanders from declaring as an independent candidate for the presidency? While Sanders has mouthed the expected platitudes about supporting Democratic Party hack Hillary Clinton, his ardent supporters–who almost by definition have zero loyalty to the elitist, permanent-war-is-wonderful Democratic party–might insist Bernie hold true to his independent roots and run as an independent.