Even with a crystal ball the future of politics is in the mist
It is almost impossible to write a general piece about the future of politics simply because today politics changes not by the day or by the week, politics changes almost by the minute.
So much happens in a week that sometimes a Wednesday feels like a Friday because so much happens. By Wednesday of a recent week, we experienced a continued push to get a man accused of sexual assault on the bench of the Supreme Court, the leader of the free world was actually laughed at in front of the United Nations and then went on to accuse a far eastern power of meddling in elections which have not happened. What could happen tomorrow?
There is apparently no evidence the adage is Chinese, but we certainly are in a really interesting time. We might be about to witness the people who take back politics for the people and in a way that is unprecedented.
Since the current president took office in January 2017 25,000 different protests have taken place in the US. Some 14-21 million Americans have protested this government. A number which exceeds the levels of all protests which have gone before including those held against the Vietnam War.
What makes all of these protests different is the demographic of the people who lead them, who attend them and support them and the connection is women. There is a groundswell of anger which has found a voice in the anger of women.
What is interesting is that because it is such a relatively low level movement it is almost nebulous; described as inchoate by one commentator. The idea was perhaps to stess its lack of focus but that it to miss the point.
Cohesion in division
That so many women are angry about so many things actually adds cohesion and a broad base of opposition which when these groups combine their efforts make them a political force to reckon with.
These are the people who get out there and do something. They are the ones who walk door to door, they are the ones who approach people on the street and while at an individual level you might not buy what this one is selling, you may agree with all of your heart with another one. This number of organizations with a cohesive aim is powerful and it is a mistake to ignore.
The common denominator
What unites all of the 5,000 different organizations is their resistance to the common administration. By continuing to push for the high court position the administration has shown that at best it is out of touch, but that at worst, it is contemptuous.
Most of us buy in to the contempt. Luckily in November we get to exercise that basis right, the right to vote, and if the job has been done well. The administration should be sent a message loudly and clearly.
Knowing the results in November could be uplifting or utterly dispiriting. But it will never be the same situation again.