20160121 2016 Campaign Not As Idiotic As It Seems
It is Friday January 22nd.
Let’s discuss the presidential election as we head to the first caucuses and first primary.
I know the presidential campaign looks like lunacy out there. It’s a reality show gone wild.
Sarah Palin out there talking jibberish for Trump. And people lauding Bernie for his campaign ad using Simon and Garfunkle’s tune from the 1970s America.
Both are typical of the lack of substance from all sides in this campaign.
But that’s the way it always is. I am reading Karl Rove’s new book – about the 1896 election and how it relates to today. I think the book is interesting but Rove is stretching a point about relating it to today. Still, the lunacy of those campaigns are just as bad or worse than today. So don’t think today we have cornered the political market on idiocy.
It is just the way it is.
My advice: Get involved but also sit back and enjoy. This is democracy in the 21st Century.
The reason we have so many candidates still vying for the nominations – and a wide range of ideas and ideologies – is simple.
We are going through massive change here and around the world.
This is not the 1980s, the 1990s, or even the early 2000s.
We are living in different times. First, the bulk of our population is aging and retiring. The baby boomers are going to suck up Medicare and the US budget in a massive way over the next 10-20 years.
Second, technology is changing the way we work, communicate, and buy stuff.