Something From Nothing
“We don’t like him/her/them.”
This pretty much (though not entirely) sums up the 2014 midterm election messaging strategy from both Republicans and Democrats. That, and the convenient amnesia of whether Democrats voted for President Obama and the audacious weight that comes with asking such a prying, personal and Constitution-violating question (at least in Kentucky…apparently). The conventional statistical analysis currently points towards the Republicans gaining the majority in the Senate, improving their legislative power and influence. It would be, undoubtedly, a partial result of the relentless incompetence of President Obama and his administration and the continuous stream of national scandals and terrible foreign policy decisions (Romney…Romney), plus the current Senatorial gridlock led by Sen. Harry Reid. However, it would potentially be achieved without any clear, inspirational policy initiatives for the 21st century American worker: employed, unemployed and underemployed. This is a major problem, but also the key opportunity for 2016 and the 21st century from a governing standpoint. The political party that can develop, articulate, implement and defend broad and specific economic policies for the ever-changing globalized economy in a “turn-of the-century” kind of way that proves compatible with the many challenges facing white and blue collar workers today and tomorrow will take the future.
It’s really that simple. Be true to your convictions and do so with intelligence, purpose, composure and sympathetic awareness.
That will, in a macro sense, be the 2016 election (well, should be). Which candidate and political party can produce the most competent, innovative yet simple, inspiring and inviting economic message for a second American century? Whoever it is, this person will be sitting in The White House in January of 2017.
Returning back to the 2014 midterm election today, many of whom have declared it the “Seinfeld election,” as it’s basically about nothing with regards to specific policies and the consequences of these invisible policies. But that can only be partly true because the Senate will likely flip control, indicating it’s at least about something/someone.
Although, Seinfeld was a brilliant television show with engaging characters, talented actors and a surprisingly original, intelligent premise that endured and happily entertained and satisfied its audience for nearly a decade (not counting syndication).
On second thought, maybe this isn’t the “Seinfeld election” after all. What the country wouldn’t give for a dramatically energetic Kramer entrance right about now, declaring the next wildly imaginative invention to solve the world’s problems.
That would really be something.
Posted on November 4, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged 21st century, Democrats, midterm election, politics, Republicans, Republicans and Democrats, Seinfeld, Senate, visions for the future, voting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.