Here are some outlines of the coming changes.  Let's start with a recognition by Republican establishment figure Peggy Noonan, on the likely collapse of Governor Bush's campaign.
Reporters thought [the governor] was national because he was part of a national family.

He was playing from an old playbook—he means to show people his heart, hopes to run joyously. But it’s 2015, we’re in crisis; they don’t care about your heart and joy, they care about your brains, guts and toughness.
That's probably true of the Republican base, people who are outraged because they have been paying attention. Whether that crisis mood is present throughout the electorate, or whether the chattering classes will be able to get away with more wordnoise about "gravitas" (so in vogue in 1999-2000, when there was a peace dividend from the end of the Cold War, and a president could get away with taking liberties with the office help).  Then comes Belmont Club's Richard Fernandez.  His full essay merits your attention.  But he recognizes that the inheritance from the G.I. era is spent.
The cumulative breakdowns in the old ways remind us again that this generation is on its own, probably the first to fully emerge from the long afterglow of the World War II victory.

Our inheritance lasted a long time. But at last a new generation must make its way from first principles because the old methods have stopped working. Consequently, it will either be the new Greatest Generation or the gang that lost it all.

In any event, the challenge cannot be refused. [Senators and presidential aspirants] Cruz and Rubio had to say it or someone else would. Maybe the hardest part of the whole situation is to realize this really is it. We are on our own.
Yes, much of today's commentary riffs off the fiasco of a presidential debate that took place earlier this week.  The old legacy media are themselves an inheritance from the G.I. era, and they, too, are spent.  But they'll need a push.
Whining about liberal bias means nothing if you don’t back it up with some action of your own. The [main press] is shaky right now, no question. So put your shoulder to the wheel and knock it over. If you can.
Meanwhile, Michael Barone is questioning the very premises of the old "vital progressive center."
Recent experience should tell us that college and homeownership are not for everyone. Many people lack the cognitive skills for higher education but have other abilities that can make them productive and successful adults. Many people, like those who move frequently, are better off renting than paying the transaction costs of buying a home.

Maybe policymakers got causation backwards. Increased college and homeownership, they thought, would upgrade people, and for a long while it did. But we seem to have reached the point of diminishing returns, when making things free will hurt the intended beneficiaries more than help.
Yes, darn it, the policymakers did get the causation backwards.  Responsible people develop life-management skills, finish degrees, stay attached to the work force, maintain their houses.  Social promotions and no questions asked mortgages, not so much.

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