The People Still Have the Power

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If you witnessed the first U.S. presidential debate in 2024, you were probably left gasping for air, after witnessing the performance of the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden.  His incoherent responses to questions, along with his slack-jawed gaze eliminated all doubt in anyone’s mind regarding his acuity, or mental fitness to hold the position of President of the United States.
Currently, he is the presumptive Democrat nominee. 
Once the debate concluded, the mainstream media could no longer provide cover for the cognitive mess that Joe Biden had become on their watch.  It was now impossible to deploy the fake news minions to skew the public narrative.  It now lay bare for all the world to see; the emperor has no clothes.
For the last ten years or so, the populist movement has been gaining momentum across the globe.  Populist candidates are winning major elections, and proving once again, that the people ultimately do have the power.  Donald Trump, much like all populist leaders, emanated from the belief that the system of government is fundamentally rigged against the working man and woman. 
The populist phenomenon is now observed in various countries including the United States, Turkey, Argentina, India, and Hungary.  Populism is a political ideology that positions "the people" against "the elite" and is often associated with anti-establishment sentiment. It seeks to defend the interests of ordinary citizens and maximize their power through reform rather than revolution.
There are many reasons for the unprecedented rise of populism across the globe. Economic distress and cultural backlash are currently the most significant contributors. Populist movements often thrive when there is a perception of disenfranchisement and when certain groups feel their economic interests have been neglected. 
The positive attributes of populism lie in its ability to give a voice to marginalized groups and address the concerns of ordinary citizens who may feel neglected by the traditional political establishment. Populist movements often emphasize the empowerment of the people and advocate for policies that cater to the needs of the wider populace, thereby promoting greater democratic participation.
Moreover, populism can act as a check on the elites and bring attention to issues that have been overlooked or marginalized by mainstream political parties. By challenging the status quo and offering alternative solutions, populism can foster a more dynamic and responsive political landscape. 
It’s not difficult to understand the uprising taking place.  Most democratic nations, including America, are suffering greatly from horrific immigration and economic policies. Voters now have a great sample size from which to form an objective opinion regarding national policy these last ten years.
Ultimately, the rise of populism was fated to supplant the current collectivist climate being perpetuated by the leftist elites.  We are currently bearing witness to a massive worldwide course correction by the democratic electorate.  Its rise is marked by the increasing erosion of democratic norms, institutions, and values, all of which have powered this populist revival.
Understanding this, it’s readily apparent that the dimensions of political conflict have shifted from traditional left-right divisions. This change in political dynamics has fueled the rise of populism.  What Trump started in 2015, seems to be manifesting across the globe, as voters continue to turn away from collectivism.  
Thanks, and God bless.

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