We live in volatile times. First, we have the weather. Aside from debate about the cause being human activity, normal fluctuations, or solar activity, everyone will agree that the weather is more unpredictable than ever. Severe droughts are contrasted with unseasonal blizzards and monsoon-like floods, as Mother Nature shuffles the deck with our seasonal expectations.
We also have foreign relations and global politics. While disputes between groups that really don’t like each other very much are nothing new, it seems that tensions are higher than ever. Besides the usual nation-versus-nation disputes, we also have a human virus of religious zealots that infect weak-minded individuals inside otherwise stable countries, causing grief wherever it appears. And if that is not enough, we have the troubling fact that what used to be the leading nation of the free world (that would be the United States, in case you were wondering) is now the hostage of some Iranian Imams and an ex-KGB colonel bully.
On top of all this, we’ve got a global economy comprised of wildly-fluctuating markets and insolvent or nearly-so nations. Rising prices on just about everything, alongside unemployment, underemployment and the crest of another real estate bubble, are all resting upon an uncertain future built with unsustainable, mind-boggling debt. With all that’s happening, can anyone’s blood pressure really be normal?
In light of all this, I have to laugh at all the political pundits that seemed so surprised at what is happening in politics. On the democrat side, what was supposed to be a fait accompli is being shaken, not so much by the fact that the subject of the assumed coronation is a person of dubious character, but by the fact the closest challenger within her own party is a far-left, socialist—a person that would have been considered a radical kook ten years ago.
On the republican side, we have the so-called “outsiders,” with the current leader dominating polls to such a degree that those same pundits are tongue-tied. “He’s a good entertainer,” they say, or, “He’s getting air time only because he brings high ratings”—their tone often implying that Americans who support these fringe candidates are, shall we say, “less than intelligent.”
I have a newsflash for all of the political experts and media elitists: You are missing the point.
Despite the steady stream (with your obvious support) of propaganda for the past several years, our country is in big trouble and most Americans know it. They are hungry for responsible leadership, as they see direct threats to our national security and financial stability.
They have witnessed a systematic undermining of race relations and the erosion of our cultural and moral institutions. They are saying, “Enough is enough!” A majority of Americans see that the United States has been fundamentally changed, as promised, and they don’t like it.
No, the American people aren’t stupid— they’re desperate. And just like what Mother Nature’s doing with the weather, the American people are about to do with our leadership; they’re going to give the deck a good shuffle.