A Desire For Change Is Not What Is Driving The 2016 Election

The political pundits have it all wrong when they say that the American citizenry is clamoring for change. Fact is that humanity’s basic primitive ego hates both change and complexity.

First off, Senator Bernie Sander’s idealistic, young backers are like Bernie, they are demanding fairness. They see a grossly uneven distribution of wealth as destroying the foundation of democracy and want it fixed yesterday.

Many of them see Secretary Clinton as an integral part of the problem and will never vote for her under any condition. In fact a substantial number say that if she becomes the Democratic nominee they will vote for the Donald — something of an oxymoron to be sure.

Certainly Mr. Trump is a radically nontraditional presidential candidate but he is not pushing for change. He is merely pushing a kind of evil nostalgia. He is firing up older White Voters about a time when by an accident of fate the system catered to their biases and advantage. Many of these folks would welcome a Nazi type regime if it would put them back in the catbird seat.

When Trump says he shall Make America Great Again, Whites take it to mean that a lost social and economic status will be returned to them. This is not an appeal to change but rather an appeal to revival and salvation. This triggers a desire of the human spirit far more enticing than abstract Republican political ideology that Trump finds so easy to ignore.

Indeed, it is not change for which the old guard is clamoring. It is a desperate grasping for fairness for some and a return of the past for others that is in play in this weird election season. Moreover, there is another huge factor in play here. Technology is presenting a tsunami of options for humanity that is fragmenting its commonality and making it ungovernable. But that is a whole other kettle of fish to explore.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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