On the Republican side, senior leadership is arguing amongst themselves about how to stop Trump, the unannointed usurper.
On the Democratic side, there is some comfort in the fact that the party’s unelected, non-represetative ‘Super Delagates’ can direct the vote to whom they please, in a new (and ingenious) kind of voter suppression
Not a day goes by without any number of screeching headlines referring to the Republican or Democratic leadership as well as the elite opinion makers attempting to stop the current political ‘revolutions’ and return to the more managable election landscape of elections past.
While Democratic and Republican Party leadership are busy fighting the last war (or eve worse the last several wars), the American electorate has been busy moving forward with eyes squarely on the current battle, writing headlines of their own.
Somehow it appears as if enough Americans have had their fill of the status quo — and are moving onto the new fields of battle, daring to lead the elites into a hazy, ill-defined political future.
Examples of Fighting the Last War:
- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders – OK, so they might actually win their party’s nominations. Obviously, this is a result of a series of major mis-judgements of Party Leadership of both parties. Stop managing expectations and start managing reality.
- Deaths by Opioids — Every year, there are now as many deaths from Opioids in the US as deaths from guns. And this is affecting all demographics. Where is the outcry!?
- The 1% — No matter how you define the elite, the facts remain that an ever larger percentage of the nation’s wealth is flowing to those at the top. And it is all too obvious that the banks that are ‘too large to fail’ are also ‘too large for jail’.
- Middle East — Problems in the Middle East do not spring from George W. Bush, but rather from the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923) and the creation of boundaries of convenience for the British Protectorate. Fighting the Last War (Iraq 2003) here has led to the ongoing struggles in Iraq, the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Syria, and the spread of the Islamic State.
- Manufacturing Jobs — The focus on ‘bringing back’ lost manufacturing jobs — In numbers employed, the Service Sector topped the Manufacturing Sector in the 1970s. Since World War II the Manufacturing Sector has declined from about a quarter of total in percentage of total employment to just below 10% currently. Fortunately, the sector’s productivity has exploded and the US still produces about 20% of the world’s manufacturing output. But those millions of jobs (including three or four million shipped to China since the turn of the century) are not coming back.
- Unemployment Under 5% — All Americans are quite aware that the employment number is not right. Does it include those who’ve given up looking for work? No. Is the largest prison population in the world included in the number? No. We all know those who are working two (or more) jobs to maintain their previous standards of living. Are the underemployed counted the same as the ‘fully employed’? Yes.
- Focus on Identity politics — There is ample evidence that the younger population is not as focused on ‘identity politics’ as do the party’s elite. The current electorate focuses less on ‘race’ and identity politics, and more on the reality of income inequality, as well as disparities in opportunities, educational attainment, and employment.
What is sure: the current electorate is delivering a resounding No Vote, a stunning vote of No Confidence to the current leadership of both parties. A good portion of the American public has decided that they are tired of past and present policy initiatives, and the ever smaller focus on slights delivered to each other each, than their concerns with a world teeming with war, terrorism, and economic inequality.