social or generational change?

images-1It is hard not to be fascinated with the group of people running for President right now.  I don’t want to start a political debate as everyone has their own political leanings so let’s not go there.  Yet one has to wonder what happened over the past decade  to get us to the point where we are watching mostly GOP candidates that are staunchly right wing conservative who are stirring up fear and anger and quite frankly are not that  impressive.  The party seems to be adrift with no agenda except for making sure their peers on the other side of the table never get anything accomplished or doing anything to make their large donors happy.

On the other side we have a candidate espousing old school liberal values.  The Democrats have Debbie Wasserman Schultz (of the DNC) who said in an article this past weekend that she sees complacency among this generation of young women whose lives have been lived after Roe V Wade.  Really?  She is obviously not hanging out with the young women I know.  She also added that we should not legalize mind altering substances such as marijuana because the rise of heroin addiction. Where is her data coming from?  She represents the Democratic party?

I am trying to be thoughtful on both sides of the stage; Republican and Democratic.  I have been a liberal Democrat since I came out of the womb but I look at the playing field of the candidates (there is only one who has the experience and intellect to win the prize) and it is disturbing because part of our system is to discuss, watch and listen to candidates about their policies and why they are the best person for the job.  There is no real intellectual debate happening on one side which is scary and the money just keeps pouring in thanks to the Supreme Court.  The other side is actually quite civilized waiting to see who is the victor to deal with the winner of the right but that is about to change.

Are we seeing the last bits of a generation trying to hold on to something that no longer exists?  Is it the social change of having the first black President (who is more plugged into what is happening in society than any President we have ever seen) ?  Is it the social change with more states legalizing marijuana and the legalization of gay marriage?  Is it the shift in the urbanization of America?  Is it the fear and anger of gentrification (or we could call it revitalization)?  Is it from the amount of wealth that was created by Wall Street separating the haves and have-nots with a bigger divide?  Is it the use of technology where we can all see the reality of how we police certain communities of people?  Is it just fear of change and the desire to hold on to a world that no longer exists?

I could go on and on but there are issues on every side here.  It reminds me of the end of winter right before spring comes.  There is always a few more days that winter comes back before spring takes over.  It is the last gasps of cold.  I am hoping that this election is the last gasps of hanging on to past because of the fear and reality of social and generational change

I have a secret.  Change always wins