I recall CHANGE!!!!!!!!! heralded from the mountaintops in 1992 and 2008 - funny how ephemeral that was. It was more stale than weeks-old Chinese leftovers an election cycle later.
And we will have CHANGE!!!!!!! in 2020, and I suspect more CHANGE!!!!! in 2024/28, and the sad loop goes on and on and on and we never learn a thing from it.
Here's an idea, crazy I know: Why don't we elect a fucking moderate to the office for the first time in forever. Just to try some real "sea change". Because electing another Obama or Trump? That way lies madness.
The anthropology of the 2016 election will be one of the defining historical works of our time. We need to know so much more about this electorate to understand what went on here.
I'm all for electing a moderate but how well did moderates do in the primaries?
The Times They are a Changin'. I witnessed the tumult of the sixties and early seventies up close and personal. I was in D.C. when the hippies protesting the war in Vietnam formed a circle around the Pentagon in an attempt to levitate it and later went swimming naked in the reflection pool. I lived through all the political assassinations and civil rights demonstrations to include Resurrection City and was just leaving Washington when the Watergate Burglary took place. I came back in 1983 and spent the next 19 years in the greater D.C. area. Not once during those years did I witness anything approaching the low esteem in which the average American holds the political establishment that has produced our Presidents and Congressional Representation since the Reagan era. The same can be said about their view of once cherished government institutions such as the judiciary, federal law enforcement, the intelligence community and especially the Justice Department and Department of State. (There is also a prevailing deep distrust of corporate America and Academia and, although related, they are rightly the subject of separate discussions.)
Not to be overly dramatic but it is only during periods such as we now find ourselves that any meaningful change is brought about and I have never experienced a time when the demand for change was nearly as profoundly felt, widespread and stridently pursued by the electorate. This is not something that will pass in a few election cycles as you suggest. The dissatisfaction is too great and won't be assuaged easily. We have Clinton, Bush and especially Obama to thank for bringing all this to a head. Who knows, some good may come of it.