With Current Trajectory, U.S. May Continue, but America Will Cease to Be
Caddell discusses the decline in America, and suggests that the country is ripe for some kind of political revolution. The truth is that adults today do not expect their children to do better than they did, and that is not what people expect from America.
Seventy-two percent of the American people flat-out say the United States is in decline. Okay? Seventy-two percent. Sixty percent of Americans believe that they inherited from their parents a better life than their parents had. The same percentage believe their children will have a worse life than they had, which is to me the abrogation of the single largest moral commandment of being an American — that we give our children better than we had. And that is being dissipated by debt, by all of the things going on in the eating of the seed corn and also a sense of our moral environment.
And 86 percent of the American people, when asked to choose between whether or not you work hard and play by the rules, you still get ahead in America — 86 percent say no, the rules are rigged for the rich and powerful. And that extends from the far Left to the far Right of this country.
And it's very important to understand that is the environment, which the political class, which has separated itself from the American people, has no way of grasping. If you read them, and they still say — they've been saying for months Donald Trump doesn't exist. I mean, after the last debate, which I could mention in a minute — the wonderful show of CNBC's, to which Reince Priebus said he was shocked and embarrassed by what CNBC did. And I'm going — wait a minute, wait a minute, Reince, wait a minute. First of all, that's not CNBC; that is a subsidiary of Comcast and, I tell you as a customer, the worst cable company that could exist, except probably yours — which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama White House and has been one of their major funders for some time. And you're surprised that that's the debate you get? I mean, really. But those are the kind of things I talk about, about the stupid party being stupid and the corrupt party being corrupt, and they're both really partially the same.
And to that end, what we really have in this country is a question — do we make real change with leadership? Or do we simply say we're going to continue this old battle between the same people?
The Republican — the grassroots, a few weeks ago, as they did in December — giant majorities, over two thirds, wanted their leadership out. They wanted Boehner gone, and they wanted McConnell gone. They believed overwhelmingly that they were serving the Chamber of Commerce and other interests at the expense of the beliefs of the grassroots of the party, of ordinary Republicans.
And of course, they're right. After they won in 2014, they met in December in a back room and gave Obama everything he wanted. And they said — oh no, this is only for this time. We're going to have a continuing resolution, which is all the same funding going on that has been going on. We won't change that. But we'll do it next year, when we have an appropriations process.
The one they did in December in the back room, the one that paid off the Wall Street banks basically — and Jamie Dimon, who was there lobbying — all those deals done in the back room — they've all been repeated in this latest get-together between Boehner's aides, McConnell's aides, Pelosi and the White House, for weeks.
And they went into a secret room. They didn't pass appropriation bills. They did on defense, but they won't — and the President vetoed it, and now there will be some battle. But they didn't. They made an agreement in which spending would go up across the board, half for defense and half for the nondefense spending; and none of it addressing the dead or any other question. It's just the same old politics.
But you can be guaranteed of one thing — the only thing worse than gridlock in Washington is when they get in a back room and make a compromise. And all of America knows that's when they're getting screwed. And they believe that overwhelming — the level of alienation in this country is unprecedented.
But the most important change that we have seen is the change where people say they want to have a hand in this. There has been a big jump in the number of Americans who say they have to take responsibility and get involved. And that is a great hope for us in this country that we can get change. But they are not simply interested in changing the deck chairs of the Titanic in Washington. They want them all gone. And they want a new generation of leadership, of citizens. And that is the penultimate force in American politics today.
But if you look at the lack of fights that are going on, and then you say — gee, how could your representatives be so dumb? And the answer is they'll never stop surprising you.
The challenge is that the public knows they are getting the short end of the stick, but they have little ability to change the situation, and they have their day job that they must pay attention to so as to keep a roof over their head. Caddell is surprising in his optimism, because he really offers few answers to his own questions. But we can take solace that he is almost certain that Clinton will not win the presidency, but less certain that it will make a difference for the vast majority of citizens.
What will touch off the spark of revolution is anybody's guess. It is apparent to many that dissatisfaction is broad and deep among the populace, and the many small signal fires could somehow join and grow to a giant conflagration, at least according to Caddell. The entire address more fully lays out how this might happen, and is worth consideration. The larger question is, knowing what he knows, how can Caddell continue to belong to the Democrat Party?