I feel like we’ve been talking in circles for years. Part of the reason I have such affection for the protesters nationwide is that tell me what else, I mean, honestly. People elected Democrats to end the war and the war went on. People want the rich taxed and the rich get their taxes cut. Everybody knows the right thing to do and nobody’s doing it and this has been the case for years. We say, every year, as it gets dark and cold, that maybe this year it won’t be so dark or so cold. What if it is? What if this is as good as it gets, when we do what we’re supposed to do?
Maybe this is what it takes. The conversation’s changed, I can tell you that much, around dinner tables where our pundits like to source their tirades. It’s not about the deficit anymore. It’s about this being as good as it gets latelyand that fucking sucks, so what happens next is important. Now that we’re talking about this, about how there aren’t any jobs except shitty ones and that the best you can hope for is to not be quite so desperate as you were yesterday, where does that energy go? Who steps up to harness all that? I have no faith in the leaders of my party, that they see this and will respond. They’ve squandered every opportunity presented to them in the last decade. Why not this one, too?
But if not them, who? What’s out there, that hasn’t been thought of yet?