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June 29, 2016 5:49 AM Age: 1 year

Can You Hear Me Now!?

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Source:  Larry Checco, featured columnist

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Can you hear me now?

That’s not a catchy line from a campy Verizon cell phone service commercial.  It’s people around the world sending out a very strong, clear message to the powers that be.

From the Arab Spring in the Middle East to the phenomenal, almost unbelievable rise of Donald Trump here in the U.S. to Britain exiting the European Union to unrest in other parts of globe, people are saying we’re fed up, frustrated, angry, mad as hell. 

To put it in more inelegant, non-establishment or PC terms THEY’RE PISSED OFF with the way they are governed, and in many cases, the way they are being left behind by establishment elitists.  

They aren’t just angry.  They’re frightened out of their minds for their futures and their children’s futures. 

The scary part is not that they’re willing to take action.  What’s scary is the not-so-well-thought out actions they are taking. 

In short, people are so desperate for change they are willing to cast their fates to the four winds, regardless of unintended consequences.

Take the Arab Spring. We were all so hopeful that positive change was finally coming to the Middle East when we witnessed millions of people protesting in public squares in Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere.  People were willing to risk everything for a better shake at life. 

The outcomes, however, were far different than anyone had anticipated. Yes, protesters were in some cases successful in deposing tyrants, but in the process they left behind political vacuums they could not fill, ending up with far worse situations than they started out with.

The same with Brexit—without the violence, so far. 

Only after the referendum did we learn from Google Trends that “’What is the EU?’ is the second top UK question on the EU since the #EURefResults were officially announced.”

In other words, many “Leave” voters had no real idea what they were voting for—or the minefield of problems their votes would generate for themselves and others, to the point where more than 2 million Brits have petitioned for a re-vote.  Good luck with that! 

However, they did know what they were voting against—the status quo!

People, whether justified or not, no longer want to hear—or trust—what the experts, their leaders or other establishment figures have to say.  They’ve heard it all before.

What do we want?  CHANGE!

When do we want it?  NOW!

People acting emotionally out of frustration and desperation does not bode well.  And we here in the United States will face our own decision-making-time in the fall.

Before voting in another establishment-drenched politician, a significant segment of our voting public would rather elect as president Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck—or even Donald J. Trump -- who time and again has proven himself unprepared and undeserving of the job, regardless of how badly people want change.

Staunch Republicans such as columnist George Will, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft would show up in recent polls that indicate two-thirds of Americans think DJT is unqualified to lead the nation. 

Then again, up until the 11th hour of the 2012 presidential race, Mitt Romney believed the polls said he would be the victor.  So much for the experts and their polls.

Come November let’s be careful what we wish for. 

Yes, to achieve change from the establishment, we need a loud can-you-hear-me-now-quality voice.  But more importantly we need solid judgment and carefully considered outcomes.

Clamoring for better just isn’t good enough.

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