Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Bold Prediction

The next few years will not make America great ("again"), not in terms of happiness, prosperity or security anyway.  Not even for white guys.  Don't forget to own this one, you assholes.


It occurred to me last night that we're probably witnessing the end of the post-war era in this country.  As if there've been a continuum of assumptions and influences that have held sway for the last 30 years and more, that's now letting go and slipping away.  Change has been hovering grimly all over 2016, where each celebrity death has felt like the passing of the times.  We are hitting ecological turning points.  1945 is escaping living memory, and there aren't going to be too many more baby boomers young enough to throw out as candidates after the new administration has had its turn.   I'm not delighted that their saving throw is likely to overshadow a generation (my generation, as per fucking usual), and I fear it's going to be a tough stretch for many of us.


On the other hand, it's been my observation that the millennials have better-developed consciences than we do, and the younger people seem better still.  They may have the wherewithal to make a better world for themselves.   And they've been getting screwed their entire sentient lives, which has to count something for the motivation.  Wherever they take it from here, with whatever resources are still left, it looks like it'll be somewhere different.


My hope, honestly, is that our new president delivers what he has always claimed to be selling: outsider status.  He doesn't appear to have a deep understanding of how politics, economics, or the natural world work, and clearly has no use for conservative intellectualism, surrounding himself with something other than the usual undead army of advisors.  Maybe he won't be imaginative enough, and maybe he's not even cruel enough, to really gear the system to grinding people down.  Maybe he'll content himself to governing only as far as he can see.  The status is all that really matters, right?  Here's hoping for the least-worst.

6 comments:

Inkberrow said...

Drumpf will not make America great "again", agreed. Either you already think it was, or you think it never has been.

Most people are comprised of a wide swath of identities. Too many wear just one or two facets on their sleeve, like insignias.

If "white privilege" means the luxury to dwell on something besides race victimhood, there's a lesson there for everybody.

It was the economy, stupid. What are trans bathrooms, butthurt Muslims, and sex peccadilloes to folks who work for a living?

It's no accident that just as Labor strongholds like Newcastle voted "Leave", Democratic strongholds like Michigan went Trump.

I voted for Johnson, luckily in a state where it didn't matter one way or the other. I couldn't support Trump or Clinton.

I still think we'd be safer with Clinton. When I read about hotspots abroad, I'm far more comfortable with her handling that.

That's my worry. The thin skinned arrested-adolescent is not better than the corrupted technocrat. Fingers crossed.





Keifus said...

We agree on political matters, Inkberrow. Surely these are unusual times.

Inkberrow said...

Let's hope it's not going to be "Tweet Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war....

switters said...

"I suspect we'll come to understand, perhaps sooner rather than later, that the folks most disappointed in a Trump Presidency will be those who supported him based solely on his histrionics." -me

Keifus said...

I've tried putting it in the context of a Arnold Schwartzenegger or Jesse Ventura celebrity governorship, but I can't even do that. Despite total inexperience and being probably wrong politically, I think those guys had principles and they meant well. I don't think Trump's any deeper than his histrionics.

And looking at the amateur grade of his cabinet isn't much to pin a hope on after all.

Bite said...

It is so much worse than I ever dreamed. It is like being forced to helplessly watch my house burn down...with my children inside it.