Several problems were exposed in the 2016 election. Well, "exposed" is not really true since they were evident in the past as well, but they stand center-stage today.
One is that propaganda won, and bigly! Reading the /. posts in this story alone, it's obvious that there are two non-overlapping versions of history in the minds of Americans. The vilification of both Trump and Hillary was effective beyond reason. Ever heard the term "Crooked Hillary" before? Does repetition make it true? Survey says "Yes!" I have no doubt that had Sanders won the primaries, he would have become the villain and thought to be the ONLY candidate Trump could actually beat. No politicians are ideal candidates. I think all the moderately-well-qualified people either avoid politics entirely or never get beyond local government positions. You can't get far without making compromises. Anyway, mud-slinging was done on both sides, and has never been more pervasive than in 2016.
Media basically failed us in the 2016 election for lots of reasons that I don't even pretend to understand. For one thing, journalistic integrity used to be a desirable thing, but the tables are turned. Does the term "Fact checker" (a denigration of the term "investigative reporter") bring to mind a particular political bias? Why is that? If conspiracy is part of your answer, I beg you to think more clearly and more deeply. Claims of widespread media conspiracy have been made in the past, and in other countries. History repeats itself -- study up.
The DNC emails show how corrupt our two-party system has become. It should be obvious that the problems these bring out are not unique to the DNC. (Observe block voting for example.) It should also be obvious that the U.S. has evolved far away from a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. What we have today is a democracy in name only.
I'm certainly revealing a liberal bias in this post, but I don't think either presidential candidate would solve the issues we have today with government. It's much deeper than that, and it's not about Democrats vs Republicans. It's about Democrats and Republicans.
For the record I'd have preferred Hillary for president, because of support of / funding for basic science. Hillary appeared to be a really bad candidate in that regard, but Trump is shaping up to be absolutely disastrous. But mostly it's in the hands of Congress anyway. And that isn't any comfort either. Climate change is also a big deal in my opinion. *warm shiver*