The Establishment Isn’t the Problem

As I’ve said before, there’s a lot to be angry about. There’s a lot of change happening in the United States (and globally). Many are getting screwed.

One of the major themes of this election has been about a dissatisfaction with the establishment. The establishment can’t solve our problems, so we need someone who’s going to shake things up. We need change.

So, this begs the question. How do we create change? How do we create change within a HUGE and complicated governmental bureaucracy?

Barack Obama was the hope & change candidate. I remember 8 years ago. One of the first things he wanted to do was close Guantanamo. It didn’t happen because he couldn’t get the support from Congress. Change is hard.

You need people that understand how that bureaucracy works. You need leaders who’ll be able to navigate the web of process and personalities to get something accomplished. You need people that have been around for a bit. You need the establishment.

Granted… there is a line. At some point, the career politicians and bureaucrats stop serving their constituents and just serve themselves. Then they need to get the stanky boot.

But just because someone is a part of the “establishment” or has worked in government for a while, it doesn’t mean that they’re part of the problem.

I love this week’s column from David Brooks.