Caitlin, I was a libtard from 1986 until 2016. I left the democratic party last year because of the crimes I witnessed by the elites of my party against Bernie Sanders and his supporters (of which I was one). I now realize like you that the best way to take the Establishment down is to band with the republicans. Independents have always forced change in this country and it was Bernie Sanders who said over and over and over last year, “When WE stand together…”. He wasn’t just talking about democrats here. He was talking about people of all colors, all sexualities, all religious beliefs, and all political parties. We are the base. I have said numerous times that I can stand outside a company protesting the company to keep jobs here rather than send them overseas standing alongside bigots, racists, and misogynists who are there for the same reason. Being with them doesn’t mean I accept their world view! We all can set aside our differences and work together to better this country.
The media is atrocious. You’re right that we must start there if we want to buckle the legs of the Establishment. I am 100% behind you on this! :-)