Political unrest

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The 2016 race for the White House is underway. To believe otherwise is refusing to accept the obvious. Hillary and Bill Clinton are lining up the troops while Jeb Bush is formulating his platform. Governor Chris Christie has arranged the New Jersey Senatorial election to insure his easy reelection.

Senator Lindsey Graham is advocating immigration reform as the only means by which Republicans stand any hope of continuing as a national party. Senator Cruse of Texas opposes reform, which if successful will emasculate the Republicans.

The pundits seem to be blind to the political unrest that has protest marches in Brazil and Turkey battling police and the establishment. They do not foresee these popular marches against the status quo a possibility for the US. Nothing could be further from the realities most Americans confront daily.

The occupy Wall Street movement is dramatically similar to the protests overseas. What began as anger over small issues ballooned into rage covering a myriad of complaints. No single leader or group has taken the lead; rather there are organizations each with their own agendas marching in mass.

Congress has infuriated Americans as ineffectual, partisan and self-serving. The acrimony towards the president is unprecedented, stroked by those who question where he was born and racial discord. The IRS has acted stupidly and the administration has permitted Edward Snowden to define a debate that rightfully should have been the obligation of the government to begin.

Unemployment, stagnant incomes and millions who deem themselves stuck in economic decline should be understood as potential protesters filling the streets of American cities.

 

Edward Horn