Sanders has been gaining more crowds in Iowa, and polls show him to be anywhere from 34 to 45 points behind Clinton. I don’t think I really need to detail Trump coming in from the right and mixing things up a little, although some polls have shown him to jump to first place. It doesn’t take much investigation to see there aren’t many moderate republican candidates running right now, and we’re starting to see a spread in the democrats.
The republican party no longer accepts anyone that is socially liberal yet fiscally conservative. We now see people like Clinton, who is at best a moderate and in no way a radical, and we have people like Sanders who is a radical compared to the spectrum of American politics. So basically it’s all conservative radicals in the republicans and a battle for control in the democrats. Obviously this can be seen as a good and bad thing.
After going through the least productive congress in our history, people are tired of moderates. The people want action but their being attracted to strange sources. I honestly can’t tell if Trump is a joke or not. Some of his remarks seem like pure satire but somehow he has a large following.
In the two party system there has always been a necessary amount of bipartisan to get acts passed through both party, that way the government is effective. But each party is so gun-ho about this it seems like they’re denying acts out of spite of the other party. We’ve reached the limit of bipartisanship and we’re seeing a fundamental split. What that could lead to could be the an even less effective government, or less likely the complete take over of one party. I don’t mean revolution or anything, but the unfair stack of one party in the government.
I don’t likely expect the party take over to happen, but it’s always one possibility. So, in this case of an even less productive congress, what would that lead to? Well if the country is deeply divided in that sense there will most likely be more protest activity depending on which party is leading. I can see a lot of the younger generation out protesting and petitioning, or at the very least revving up their online banter about it. When there is that much of a split between the two front-most ideologies in the country there is typically one solution.
If both parties are at extreme non-productivity, one will eventually have to assume dominance. This would be in the same manner that there was a cultural revolution in the 60’s. I don’t mean the reemergence of hippies, I mean the finding ourselves as a nation, and when that happens the nation will lean a certain direction and we will continue the cycle. The cycle of party domination and then slip into bipartisanship, then eventually stagnation.
A battle of radical politics: mass activism, cultural evolution, social rethinking. One can’t be completely sure when something like this will take place, but we can be sure it will happen. It could very well be a conservative shift like in the 80’s, or a liberal shift such as in the 60’s. Maybe we’ll have two as a response to one another, this is all speculation. The point is things are changing and people are obviously not happy with the way things are, especially after going through events like the government shut down. The people want somebody to blame and everyone will stick harder to their beliefs than before.
How would this all come about? Ideas spread quicker than ever before thanks to the internet and it’s easier for people take sides and right what they think about the subject. They no longer have to be in a room with someone talking about politics, they can now say it and everyone they know will read it. Organizations and activities can get more publicity from the internet and grow more in numbers, people can get information on nearly any activity they desire. And it’s not just teens like everyone seems to think, it is all generations using the internet for this purpose. If there was going to be cultural change, it would start on the internet and translate over to the real world, not vice versa.
Not to mention that this is the logical conclusion. If you add angry people plus unproductive government that equals change in the government. I seriously doubt people are willing to take the full measure and tear down the construct of our government all together. Change on a massive scale, that’s what the people want.