This weeks topic comes just as we here in the USA are preparing to inaugurate our next president while we begin the vetting/approval process for his cabinet selections. It marks the end of a contentious election on the heels of an equally contentious BREXIT election in the UK.
Politics are pervasive. They intrude upon every aspect of our lives and these days of severe polarization leave very little room for respect for the other side's point of view. That in turn leaves both sides demonizing the other. This went on for so long here in the USA that we elected a businessman that patted himself on the back for his multiple bankruptcy filings and bragged about how he was so smart he paid few - if any - income taxes. He vowed to make America great again. We will see how that shakes out over the next four years, even as people like Cory Booker and Marco Rubio begin posturing for future runs at the presidency from their parties.
It seems that politicians here seem to care more about being elected/re-elected than anything else. No small wonder when you realize the benefits and salaries - including "pensions" for life involved, not to mention the lucrative lobbyist positions that seem to gravitate to former politicians. It is worth noting that our billionaire president-elect has said he will not accept a salary for his term in office.
Although Trump won the electoral college vote he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Not quite the landslide he claims and it has sewn the seeds of discontent.
Marketing is as important as ideas in elections these days. Maybe even more important. Ask Bernie Sanders. Toss in a few dirty tricks to make it even tougher on the idea candidate.
All of this is made possible by a disinterested electorate, one where nearly half of those eligible do not vote. Too many years of broken promises and missteps. And now a new generation is ready to assume its rightful place in our society and their ideas and attitudes are quite different than ours. Once again the times they are a changing. Watch the right wing scramble to leave their indelible mark. It is all politics - and it is going to be an interesting ride. It is almost like the sixties all over only now I am in the older generation. I wonder if my parents felt the same way then as I do now.