One of the things I like about David Brooks is that he is an optimist much like I want to be but often not. Here are his thoughts below:
What’s about to happen in Washington may be a little like the end of the Cold War — bipolarity gives way to multipolarity. A system dominated by two party-line powers gives way to a system with a lot of different power centers. Instead of just R’s and D’s, there will be a Trump-dominated populist nationalism, a more libertarian Freedom Caucus, a Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren progressive caucus, a Chuck Schumer/Nancy Pelosi Democratic old guard.
Going forward, moderates face four big challenges. First, deepen a positive national vision that is not merely a positioning between left and right. Second, elevate a new generation of political leaders so the movement is not just a retread of retired establishment types.
Third, build a mass movement of actual voters, not just financiers and think-tank johnnies. Fourth, have the courage to stand together as a swing legislative caucus, when the pressure from the party leaderships becomes intense.
Before I get on to my thoughts about this topic let’s summarize the four thoughts:
- Having a positive vision of our country
- Spur a new generation of political leaders
- Build a mass movement of voters
- Take stands together
I think that pretty much summarizes a total game plan for the future, if there is a future for the USA.
Almost everything the current Oval Office occupant says is negative in nature. He says everything is terrible and only I can make it right. To him America is a very dark place with nothing positive to proclaim. We need to get out of this mode of thinking the sooner the better. Great nations were never sustained by such negative thoughts.
One of the major problems with politics today is that it is ruled by seventy-some year olds. Just look at our last election to see that fact. Just look at the current makeup of the Senate to see that fact. Our future depends on getting a new generation of leaders to take the helm. A generation of leaders who have the whole country as their perspective, not just a small slice of it. Presently politics has become so stained I just don’t see how anyone would chose that as a any part of their life choice. We need to do whatever is necessary to make it a noble goal once again.
Another major problem in this country is that fewer than half of us ever get out to vote for any of our elected leaders. Too many think that their vote doesn’t matter. Too many others are like sheep and follow the easiest path which too often is destructive in nature. The result of this is that a relatively small minority can choose our leaders.
Taking stands is going to be a major way to resist destructive change that is certain to come in these following years. Things like gutting our social healthcare safety nets in favor of meager vouchers. Things like losing basic freedoms in the name of security. Thinks like basically changing the foundations of our democracy. WE NEED TO TAKE STANDS TOGETHER.
Thanks David for showing us a possible path.
GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY…