“ Anger is easy — it requires not thought. We’re full of ire and woefully short of much else. It’s not your country? It better be. For all its troubles, it’s still the freest place on Earth. Want to fight for something? Fight to find a way to keep America the country that’s been a beacon of freedom for generations. Either get busy fixing it or reroute that anger into something productive.”
You’ve misunderstood. Really. People ARE doing something. They’ve surveyed the political landscape and found it wanting. You hear people saying, “this isn’t my country.” I hear people saying that the mainstream political leadership has abrogated their responsibilities, left the poor poorer, the underclass further under, the racial divide sharper, the economic divide sharper still. I hear people saying this IS my country but the people who have been running it for the last 20 years have (redacted) it up beyond all recognition. I hear people saying neither the socialist nor The Donald is what they want but that ANYONE is better than another used up old poll mouthing the same old platitudes while tied at the to the special interests who actually seem to matter.
People aren’t so much pissed off at each other as they are pissed off at you. Not you specifically, of course. The editorial you of the political nomenklatura. They have voiced their concerns for at least the last 16 years and they have been largely ignored. ‘Shut up and let us do the leading. We’ll tell you what you want.’
This is an exceptionally important election. When all the shouting and laughing and crying are done, Hillary Clinton, the prototypical political insider, will be president. The turnout will likely be low because in the final analysis voters will see the system for the rigged game that it is. They’ll turn away and, lacking viable leadership, divisions between people will grow to gaping chasms. The political leadership of the major parties will continue to urinate on each other in increasingly base terms and Americans will continue to focus on their individual feelings of being wronged rather than working to make America a better country.
Fifty-odd years ago John Kennedy told us to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Well someone in a position of political leadership needs to tell us just what it is we need to do. Before people can follow, someone has to lead. A leader doesn’t lead from behind. A leader doesn’t say, “you folks go dig a ditch while me and the CEOs and the labor leaders feather each others’ nests.”
This IS my country. But it isn’t my Republican Party and it isn’t my Democratic Party.