It's no surprise really that when a country is in peril and suffering from the worst economic conditions experienced in more than 60 years, that the public will tend to listen to anyone who promises "Change". Regardless of who was in power then or who is on power now, impatient American voters will cling to that six letter word and vote with anger in 2012. On tap for "Change" in American leadership? Welcome back Mr. Newt Gingrich and/or Ms. Sarah Palin.
Individual people tend to be intelligent when they take the time to research the issues and evaluate how we got to where we are at. But groups of people gathering in mass, somehow become stupid as a single organism, listening to anyone with a microphone who tells you that you need change. Working for any large company would provide enough background to answer the question; "How long does it take to implement sweeping cultural and financial operating change?" For companies like GM, or any of the worlds largest banks, the answer is, "We're still working on it, years later". It takes years to turn a big ship. And the U.S. economy is perhaps the biggest ship of all.
But, we're pissed off as a collective organism. We want change, and we're about to get it in the form of the most conservative U.S. leadership the world has seen in years. If you hated the historical bluster about "America being the greatest country in the world, the rest be damned", here comes a whole heaping spoonful of that medicine with Gingrich and Palin. Religious fundamentalism mixed with a hawk mentality, coupled with a probable inability to even list the countries participating in the G20, you get Eisenhower with a bigger budget for military spending.
Somehow, the bulk of American public which is a moderate, predominantly conservative group with some affinity for the concept of taking care of its own people, is losing their voice. This is the group that shifts from Democrat to Republican depending on the winds of political change, but this is also the group that suffers the most from their own angered choice in the voting booth. You get what you vote for.
Actually, it isn't the only group that loses in the voting booth at all.
But, take heart. We are about to become a grotesquely conservative country based on a stronger integration of politics and religion, and an affinity towards strongly bordered nationalism. That's a formula for productive global relations, eh? Should be a fun decade. Be sure to wear your helmet.