Some thoughts on the near future:
I believe we have become complacent. Beginning with the end of WWII we now have had about three generations who have lived through a bustling economy with only a few short downturns, Even with the Great Recession, there has been enough growth, albeit slow, which gives a majority of Americans hope. With all this, very few of us vote. We assume we are going to be OK. Due to extremely clever messaging by the GOP, many folks blame Obama and the Dems for the problems we do have. Due to the likes of Fox News and the Limbaugh hater types. there is not an effective counter message getting through to enough people. Add all this to the fact that the Supreme Court’s abetting the use of tons campaign dark money and voter suppression, and you have a repressive, loud-mouthed, corrupted political party, the Republicans, on the verge of taking over our Congress, thus guaranteeing two more years of dysfunction. Will we be able to return power to the people in 2016. I have very serious doubts that we can, mainly due to the inability to overturn the power of the US Supreme Court in time for reform.
Obama woke up the nation, but times were different then – dire – as the economy was starting to crash. Now, the economy is not dire, there is no Obama so to speak, and the Supreme Court has enabled the Republicans to dominate with black money and voter suppression. Please explain to me how this will change in the short term, that is, until the Supreme Court Extremists leave the Court? The GOP has won the battle for now! The only hope for the Dems is to get out the vote. I don’t see that happening right now or in 2016, unless someone comes galloping in on a white horse.