Before the election season, not the November 2016 election day, what issues were confronting Americans?
The first was and is the damaging corporate control of the U.S. mainstream media.
Congress can no longer ignore corporate control of the media
By Rep. Bernie Sanders
Congress Can No Longer Ignore Corporate Control of the Media
by Rep. Bernie Sanders Sander's Scoop newsletter, Summer 2002
This has been done and supported by those, including too many members of the US congress, who make money from wars and have goals that include Empire USA and corporate government.