How American Politics Will Change in the Coming Years

How American Politics Will Change in the Coming Years

How American Politics Will Change in the Coming Years

To call the 2016 election in the United States a surprise would be an understatement.It would be better to compare it to an earthquake.

Whatever side a person supported, they would agree that it was a shock outcome to a whirlwind election process.But it appears that shock and change are going to become the norm for American politics.

I believe that if people were shocked about the 2016 election, they will be unable to process the type of change politics in the country will see in the coming 10 to 15 years.

Reshuffling of Party Coalitions

It is understandable that political parties will change track every couple decades. People’s opinions change, demographics change and the political climate is not always the same.

The coalitions that made up both the Democratic and Republican parties were on a knife edge even before the 2016 election. I believe the election broke them apart entirely.

Now we are witnessing a great reshuffling – a Republican Party that believes in isolationism and tariffs and a Democratic Party that unquestionably believes institutions such as the CIA and FBI.

Some moves may be opportunistic, but it does appear that both parties are headed in directions that were different to the latter part of the 20th century.

Republicans Embrace Nationalism

To call the Republican Party a white-majority party would be an understatement. It is a mostly Midwestern, white and working class group of people who have similar interests and ideologies.

In contrast, the Democrats are embracing racial and ethnic minorities in the hope that such a coalition will eventually represent greater numbers in states around the nation. It will be intriguing to see which party chose correctly.

Will Democrats Abandon Capitalism as We Know It?

If there was one aspect of the United States that both Democrats and Republicans agreed on, it was the fact that America is a fundamentally capitalist nature. While they may disagree on how that plays out, such an agreement definitely existed.

But it is harder to see these days. With the rise and popularity of candidates such as Bernie Sanders, it is easy to see how the Democratic Party could get overtaken by a faction that does not believe in capitalism as we have come to know it.

The advocacy of single payer healthcare, a universal basic wage and other policies mean that Democrats are starting to reject the capitalism that has formed the basis of the United States for more than a half century.

Finding Common Ground

In an increasingly polarized nation, it is hard to see how people of different ideologies will find common ground. And I believe this will be the most important question of the coming decade. Will Americans relearn how to work together or will they grow further apart?

 

The internet, fake news and the 2016 election has meant that people who care about politics are now in two camps. And these camps have very different ideas about how they want the nation to look in the coming decades.

If Americans can find a way to work together again, I can see the next decade of politics being an improvement over the last one. But if the ideological differences grow even larger, I fear for the future of this nation’s government.