I won't lie to you and say I haven't been expecting eventual trouble. I have. Maybe even a classic "revolution" some day. It's just that my vision of a revolution was of crowds in the streets with torches, tossing Molotov cocktails, driving corrupt leaders to hastily board their fast jets and make a dash for whoever will give them political asylum, just like in the movies. I expected it to abruptly just boil over, like a giant volcanic eruption.
Turns out we've likely been watching one for the past decade or so. Think about it: Republicans were traditionally the party of the upper class, while the Democrats represented the working class.
But by 2016 the establishment, exemplified by Wall Street, was hoping for a Democratic presidential victory, while the working class gave up on their former benefactors and elected a very un-Republican Donald Trump. WTH just happened?
Even the 74-year-old self-described socialist Bernie Sanders came within a whisker of pulling off a miraculous upset. The natives are restless!
A decade ago the right-wing Tea Party was born. Their unofficial motto seemed (to me at least) to be, "I've got mine, F__K YOU!"
With today's nationwide (worldwide?) Women's March, some say we're seeing the jelling of a new, left-wing Tea Party.
Judging by the size of today's crowds, I wonder how many sitting Congressmen / Senators will decide to retire in 2018 and "spend more time with their families"? *Start the car....START THE CAR!* The mood is getting pretty nasty, folks. Let's hope we can defuse it with signs and ballots vs bullets and fire bombs.
If we can, there might just be a silver lining to this growing mess. *fingers crossed*