i hope you're right, IXPninja. i really do. Maybe you've nailed it: "get old and turn pessimist". Once you've been burned a hundred times by the touching the same handle, it's hard to be expected to confidently reach out and grab it again just because there's yet another new group of young, bright-eyed politicians saying, "no, it's okay, we really mean it this time."
America the Babylon appears to be a transparently failed state these days: A man-boy, with the emotional development level of a 5-year-old, in the White House holding 800,000 federal workers (as well as the rest of the nation) hostage while a dysfunctional Congress, full of narcissists fixated on their own political fortunes, are completely unable to break the stalemate despite having the constitutional power to do so. Quite an indictment of a corrupt and completely failed political system that has put the USA so deep into debt -- a debt from which it's questionable if it can ever recover -- just to line the pockets of a very few ultra-wealthy "interests". We seem to be witnessing the collapse that many have foretold. Or maybe that's too dramatic and America the Babylon will survive until 2020 to eject the current lunatic child from the White House and elect another Obama-esque type of imperial madman so that life in the USA can go back to its normal, ambient level of dysfunctional chaos.
Twenty years ago i heard Fidel Castro make a remark, during one of his lengthy televised speeches, to the effect that Cuba could have an American-style democracy; all he'd need to do is form two parties and fill them both with candidates from the Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC)". i broke out laughing out how true El Comandante's observations were. Years later his brother, Raul, said about the same thing when he quipped a Cuban analogy to the existing American political system: "It's as if we had two parties in Cuba and Fidel led one and I led the other."
Until the downtrodden & disenfranchised realize that they hold the real power and take to the streets in droves, until the billionaire elites and their wholly-owned political cronies (including the current poser in the White House) feel their comfortable positions starting to become tenuous; there will be no movement toward real change -- only the status quo and/or the continued transfer of wealth up the socioeconomic ladder.[Could it be that soon we may see a spike in the purchases of yellow vests by ordinary Americans?] i just worry that the overwhelming majority of people's brains may already be too wired to their electronic information devices and that those devices (& what they can be used for) are very well controlled by Babylon's elite powers-that-be.
JAH Love and family, the new generation -- Those are my hope (same as they were for a Russian serf under the Tsar or a Polish Jew in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941). Hope that we will see in our lifetimes the destruction of racism, nationalism, militarism, neo-feudalism and all of those other Babylonian "isms" as we witness the rise of the Oneness Consciousness of Imanity.
JAH RASTAFARI !