The perennial idea that America may have its best chance of moving strongly in a progressive direction arises again this political season.
Here’s a somewhat plausible scenario under which we could end up with our first Progressive President since Kennedy-Johnson.
- Hilary Clinton either decides not to run for the nomination in 2016 or is defeated from the Left.
- The Republican Party, held in thrall by the Tea Party contingent, nominates a candidate for the White House who is widely as repugnant as many Senatorial candidates were in 2012 elections.
- The nation, faced with what it sees as a choice between two extremes, opts for the Leftist principally because the GOP nominee is just too far right.
I don’t see the odds of these events all occurring in 2016 as being very good, frankly.
But I do see 2016 as our last great hope of salvaging a nation of compassion, cooperation and, ultimately, internal peace. If the nation continues its disastrous trend to the Right — and this will happen whether the Republicans or the Corporate Democrats win the White House — then the pendulum may well have swung too far. The only real hope for our great nation then will be for a populist awakening with deeply spiritual roots that begins the transformation from “me” to “we”. Because without that shift, without that miracle, America is destined to become a far different country in the next 10-15 years than it has been for most of its first 200+.