Among my disappointments with the Obama years was the wasted opportunity for citizen involvement. I thought Obama for America would survive the 2008 election and morph into a citizen to POTUS communication channel. Instead, largely due to David Plouffe dropping the ball, OFA became Organizing for America, turned over to the DNC and reduced to a fund raising machine. What a waste!
On one of his weekday rants for GQ magazine, Keith Olbermann conjectured with horror that Trump, if elected, will establish a communication channel that Olbermann compared to state run TV (think Russia). Let’s step back and consider the potential positive consequences of such a move.
Could President Trump’s presence on Facebook and Twitter and possibly a web based channel actually open up the White House to citizen government? Could bypassing a clearly biased news media and speaking directly to the people be a game changer? Could we finally see greater transparency in government and more direct citizen input?
It is easy and intellectually lazy to cast a Trump presidency as a dystopian nightmare. Could it be that this crazy iconoclast might actually return D.C. into government for the people and by the people?
What do you think? The bar is open.