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2016 – The 21st century American Revolution?

August 24, 2015

Note to Lindsay Graham.  If you truly don’t understand why Donald Trump is resonating with voters, you might want to reconsider a run for the office.

The two polar caps of the 2016 presidential contest represent somewhat more to many voters than just a sports betting event or a summer beach party.

In the left corner, you have Bernie Sanders. In the right corner, you have Donald Trump. While many would like to relegate that visual to the category of “good for ratings” there could be a bit more going on.

The far left is pissed off that Barack Obama hasn’t managed to fulfill his tacit promise to take the United States all the way to socialism.

The far right, which once saw Rand and Ron Paul-like isolationism as the shining hope of the country, is pissed off because the current officeholders still haven’t crushed the far left, McCarthy-style.

In the middle somewhere you have the vast majority of the American electorate. The real battle is to see how many people are going to swing hard right and how many are so government-dependent at this point that they will vote left to keep their tenuous hold on their perceived security just a little longer.

Entrenched politicians have been around long enough for people to see that they are still adhering to 20th century answers to 21st century questions. Ask the Greeks how that has worked out for them.

What Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson offer is a chance to break the chains of traditional politics.

Whether they can or have articulated it in print or online or not,  a vast majority of American voters feel the earth crumbling away from  the foundations of America and it scares the living hell out of them.

To the extent that logic invades the current contest, most people are still looking for a person that can operate within the political framework designed by the country’s founders, while still achieving goals that can return America to a state of balance that allowed it to become, simply by example, a force for good both in the world and within its own borders.

So far, that hasn’t happened. Governor Kasich probably comes closest to blending compassion and political seasoning with strength of principle, but at this point engaged probable voters aren’t quite ready to choose a carving knife over a meat cleaver.

One man, after watching the Fox/Facebook debates and listening to some of the interviews generated from that, said he would love to see a Kasich-Fiorina ticket, in either order, because it would blend practical political know-how with hard-headed business sense. Another commented that a Trump-Fiorina ticket would be just the miracle cure the country needs. Both agreed that a Bush-anybody ticket was just the same ol’ same-o.

The depth of venality, if not outright criminality,  pervading “politics as usual” is not lost on most of us.

Ivory tower liberals notwithstanding, the average person does understand exactly what is happening to the country and what is at stake in 2016.

Take the story Donald Trump recounted of a PC critic chastising him for saying that the U.S. needs to become a rich nation again by telling him that statement sounded crass. Mr. Trump stated with obvious incredulity that the country is a debtor nation, and the only way to get out of that situation was for it to become rich enough to pay off that debt and never again to need a handout from nations that hate and want to destroy us. Duh.

The so-called average American voter didn’t need Donald Trump to explain that to them. They do need someone who is not afraid to take the left to school on what leads to national strength and safety. Right now, the only person they see as willing and able to do that without selling his soul to shadowy financial backers seems to be Mr. Trump.

Luckily, and with no small thanks to the Founding Fathers, voters are still willing to give the election process one more go.

In some countries, the current level of uncertainty and frustration with government  would have the opposing factions facing off in the street, as is happening in Lebanon. Even normally passive folks finally reach a point where enough is simply enough.

Come to think of it,  isn’t that how this country came to be a country at all?

From → op-ed

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