In The Atlantic, Ron Fournier sees all h__l breaking loose, first at the scripted Democrat convention, then more generally in the body politic.  His essay is in the form of thirty theses, perhaps to be nailed to a state-house door someplace.  A sampling:
26. The American public has lost trust in virtually every social institution—schools, churches, businesses, charities, police, courts, and the media—because those entities have been slow to adapt to sweeping economic, demographic, and technological changes.
I'm not persuaded; if anything there has been too much talk about "it's the 21st century" and "disruption" and too much mindless following of fads. And yet, as we had it in the sixties, the times are out of joint.
27. People have witnessed disruption in the retail, entertainment, and financial industries—in virtually every institution except for government and politics. In an era of choice and technological efficiency, the American voter is given a binary choice and gridlocked government.
That's internally inconsistent: you can't have sclerotic business and entertainment and disrupted business and entertainment. But yes, the political class still clings to its process worship and its talking points.
28. Most Americans want something better than what the Democratic-Republican duopoly crams down their throats.
We've been hearing this for years. But Donald Trump has taken over the top of the Republican ticket (conservatives and the establishment stand strong elsewhere) whilst Our President sounded a lot more like Ronald Reagan than Bill Ayers last night (I do want to elaborate, perhaps another rainy day) and yet the Donk base is more resigned than receptive to Hillary.
29. They’re mad as hell and, as evidenced in Cleveland and Philadelphia, they’re just starting to realize how powerful they are. They don’t need to take it anymore.
Yes, but emergence is messy. Here's an additional thesis, nailed to Newmark's Door.
Refutable hypothesis: cut back Big Government--especially federal government--and trust will recover.
The getting there will not be part of the fun.

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