Another perspective, a more charitable view, might suggest that America is simply at another inflection point.
The nation has faced many inflection points throughout history, starting with the Revolutionary War, through the Civil War, through the Great Depression, through WWI and WWII, through the Civil Rights/Vietnam War era, through the burst of the housing bubble and more.
Too few people realize — genuinely understand — how frighteningly close this nation has come to collapse in the past. In many cases, it was saved largely by the human spirit of those who resisted the temptation to quit; but sometimes too, frankly, by sheer serendipity.
What perhaps separates this inflection point from the others is the likelihood it will require, by way of remedy, an entirely new operational approach, one that is quite different and even disruptive in its own right. As the old saying goes, slapping lipstick on a pig doesn’t make it any prettier.
Whether the older folks in this nation like it or not, it’s time to hand over the reins to the younger generation, to clear all levels of government of the old leadership and make room for the new. If any generation understands the concept of disruption, this is it — look at the recent wave of disruptive technologies that have radically altered our daily lives. What we require now is a commensurate disruption in social policy and government, yet to be seen but apt to emerge if given the chance. Politics as usual will simply not suffice when it comes to accomplishing this. And who else is better equipped than the younger generation, with all its vitality and energy and mercurial spirit, to effect such vaulted change.
Hopefully, they too will find themselves on the friendlier side of serendipity.