Jerome, if you found it irrelevant, you had no obligation to grace readers with your thoughts.
Jim, well stated. As someone who tries to be a Centrist like our founding fathers, I read political slant and bias in several of the comments which is understandable but simply not accurate from a larger picture. Example, some of the most liberal people I know own arsenals, and there has been plenty of bigotry from BOTH of these candidates sadly. But this all applies to your opinion that those with the spotlight represent very few people and often manipulate perspective. The oversimplification of "social and economic justice" is just...well I don't want to get on an equally annoying soap box about the economic disasters of embracing socialism as an economic system as opposed to socialist policies which are needed at times for the downtrodden.
Your 80/20 rule is interesting. I had not thought about it like that. And I think that is what I was getting at. I listen to both conservative and liberal news unlike many, so I can sift through the propaganda and lies and actually be knowledgable, and I have heard more and more businesses advertise as conservative over the years. I am also seeing more and more investor groups and projects in front of me where one's background as conservative or liberal clearly affects the deal, not in the shadows as it might have 10-20 years ago, but with more attention and focus.
The reason it at least feels more relevant today than it did in the past is because the political divide has become so concentrated. Both sides are seen as assaulting the other side's values, morals, etc. And while this was true in the past, in NO way was it as palpable and present as currently with social media. Interesting that your LI is sending out more conservative posts. I don't doubt it is some form of result of data mining. Eitherway, what I am seeing is more of a "We have had enough" syndrome on either side. This is what I have seen from conservatives in a lot of recent posts.
To me, it seems this will present openings for entrepreneurs who can cater to this in some manner, cater..not encourage. 20 years ago, 90% of the consumer market did not get pelted daily with political bullets. Now 90% of them wake up and get a tweet, a LinkedIn post, on top of having it spotlighted in every form of news. Yes it is election season, but it wont change if Hilary wins because at least half the country despises her. And it want change if Trump wins because at least half the country despises him.
Marketing wise, it will be interesting to see if and how this is capitalized on.