In 2016, no matter what happens, it is my suspicion that we will all be cursed as never in our lifetimes — and I am not young. We will be yearning for a little boredom or, as the Chinese really do say, “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period.”
Others have made specific predictions. That is not my purpose here. I’m not good at prognostications anyway. (We will be arguing between A and B and it will turn out to be C.) I only want to examine the zeitgeist going into 2016, why it will be, to adopt yet another cliché, a year of living dangerously.
The Obama years have been a slow-moving disaster for America and the world in practically every way. As they have moved on, things have gotten almost inexorably worse. …
The rise of Donald Trump is a good thing, not because any one man can easily change the course of history, not because he’s necessarily the best candidate (although he could be), but because his rise indicates that a lot of people who often ignore things are waking up to this extreme situation.
And extreme situations almost always call for extreme responses, like it or not. Folks like Charles Krauthammer and George Will should try to remember that.