As a further comment, I'm amazed that no one both Dem's and GOP touches the following properly and compare such with other country's which are already doing such for ages:
1) Stop meddling in the world and wanting it only our arrogant way as well expanding our bases and military presence.
2) For health plans look around , which countries have the best, including full control of pricing of drugs and services, which is less costly than inventing a "new" system which only makes some people richer.
3) Have an sufficient army which defends your country, but not attack others who never attacked you
4) Have an progressive tax system which goes from "0" to 70% like they do in Europe.
5) Get rid of the "second" Amendment or rewrite it, to make it fit modern times and then enforce strict gun control.
6) Get rid of the "power blocks"(or diminish their power) as well "lobbyists" and "money" in elections ( Super Pac's etc.)
7) Think about the "poor" world wide, instead of only wanting to deal and hand out money to the leaders in those countries only.
8) Stop spending money to just to create an "arms" race and wasting trillions on war equipment destined for WWIII ( no one wants to invade this country; the only thing we have to offer is trillions of debt and plenty of rednecks with lots of guns)
9) Don't be the arrogant country who seldom wants to receive advise from other countries who have certain things better under control, like healthcare or infrastructure etc.
10) Curb the "lawyer" culture; the US has 90% of all lawyers in the world. Write laws instead which are clear cut and understandable instead; it even influences voting because of "lawyer" written amendments on the ballots which no one can un-cipher..
11) Abortions? no government meddling; the mother should decide; the rich people will get abortions whenever they want them anyway outside the country etc. The poor will have to suffer with a deformed or unwanted un-loved kid; who likely grows up as a criminal or druggy.
There are many more issues which could benefit the country; but I stop for now because none of the candidates will have anything like the above in their agenda's anyway.
Dutch -- Your last statement is right on. None of the candidates will have anything like your list as their agenda because it is a "wish list". If you were a candidate running for President and promised your constituents that this is your platform that you will achieve in office, and that at the end of your four year term you wanted to be judged on how many of those items on your list were achieved, well what would your report card look like? An "A"? No way Dude. It would be maybe a "D" at best.
I like most every item on the list, and I also like everything Bernie Sanders stands for on his wish list. But having devoted thousands of hours in canvassing for candidates, telephoning until my ears got sore, sitting at voter registration tables, attending functions to meet and talk with the candidates, leading as precinct chair for four years, knocking on every door in my precinct multiple times to try get people to participate in our democracy, running caucus meetings, being a delegate to county assemblies, state conventions and working within committees, and finally donating money to campaigns, I think I have a pretty good idea of what it takes to achieve one's goals. They ain't easy.
I am a realist. I fully understand that there is a good half of the population whose brains are wired differently, and that I am not going to change those people's brains one iota. What I can do, however, is try get those who agree with me to get off their asses and register to vote and then vote. That's where I spend my time...on the playing field getting muddy, not in the stands booing. I believe that life is full of many paths and choices, but that we should never expect to have everything our way. There are lots of good people in the world and there are also bad people in the world. We cannot ignore the "other" as the world shrinks. We may vehemently disagree with the "other", but we cannot ignore them.
Life is full of compromises, and it is very, very hard to negotiate a compromise that satisfies everyone. On the other hand, it is very easy to be an arm chair quarterback and do nothing but criticize. That will achieve nothing except to make a person bitter as he/she watches the world events unfold and can't do anything about it. I am only one person but I know that there are many fellow Democrats like myself that are doing even more to make this country a better place. We don't always get our way, but there is satisfaction for having tried.