August 20, 2016

The generational election

The fact that Trump and Clinton are the presidential candidates represents a probable last political gasp of older Americans. The Sanders campaign showed that something different was just under the surface and here's another hint from Gallup: "Only 38% of Democrats and Democratic leaners between the ages of 18 and 39 are satisfied with Clinton, compared with 67% of those 40 and older." Times are a changing.


Tom Puckett said...

A short version...

... admit that the waters around you have grown
and accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
...then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone...

...come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
...for he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled...

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand...

...the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
and the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’

Cheers, Tom

Anonymous said...

There's a problem with this premise. Hilary didn't win the nomination fair and square, she won it by fraud, voter suppression, corruption, money laundering through the Clinton Foundation, and the DNC's unscrupulous behavior. All these elements don't count as a last gasp for older generations, it amounts to a concerted effort to subvert democracy for the benefit of Clinton and the DNC.

Unless this fraud and corruption is dealt with, I have little hope that the 2020 election will be more than another circus meant to distract us, and leave WashingtonDC in a state of business as usual.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and radical middle-aged Americans are the bridge to keeping history alive for Millenials, who sometimes are short of understanding just how long things have been this bad. I'm 47 and Bill Clinton radicalized me only a few weeks into his first administration. It's joyous to see the demographic shift taking place, to see Baby Boomers finally headed for the boneyard.

The hope for now is that generational tectonics will make Hillary a one-term president, the GHW Bush of neoliberal scum and pseudo-feminists.