As "new money" is siphoned off by the super-rich, ordinary men and women are being driven into poverty - and out of their homes. Our next President needs to do something about it, and it will have to be dramatic, to be effective. Hillary Clinton was right, in her, acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, to say that we need to "follow the money." We need to track down "the money," as it pours into the bank accounts of the 1%, and then redirect that money from increasing the wealth of the already-wealthy to dealing with the critical problems of ordinary people, including our housing and homelessness crisis.
Just in case this isn't obvious, that means that voters will need not only to elect Hillary Clinton President. They'll need to change the Congress, too!
The Democrats had by far the better of the conventions. But the final and shocking possibility is this: In immediate political terms it may not make a difference.
The Democratic speakers hit doubles, triples and home runs. But the normal rules may no longer apply. The Democrats may have just dominated a game we are no longer playing.
Both conventions featured one grieving parent after another. The fear of violent death is on everybody’s mind — from ISIS, cops, lone sociopaths. The essential contract of society — that if you behave responsibly things will work out — has been severed for many people. It could be that in this moment of fear, cynicism, anxiety and extreme pessimism, many voters may have decided that civility is a surrender to a rigged system, that optimism is the opiate of the idiots and that humility and gentleness are simply surrendering to the butchers of ISIS. If that’s the case then the throes of a completely new birth are upon us and Trump is a man from the future.
If that’s true it’s not just politics that has changed, but the country.