Life is difficult, M. Scott Peck "announced" in his disruptive book "The Book Less Traveled."
That was several decades ago. It took the form of news. That's because, until then, America had been held captive to the Disney memes. Those ranged from good trumps evil to guaranteed happy endings.
Now we know that the Disney versions aren't aligned with everyday and even long-term realities. The awakening came post-9/11 and the brutal economic downturn during the 21st century. You bet, life is difficult.
In Campaign 2016, candidates can embrace the mission of unbundling Americans from misleading mindsets about how life plays out. In their place, candidates can discuss coping tools: "You lost that big job? Here are some of the initiatives we know that move you forward. There is no going back. And I have made it my 'business' to be there so that you are able to support your family."
Both my personal life and business transactions have gone better since I "grew up." That is, I left Snow White and Cinderella behind in the movie theatres we Baby Boomers packed into post-World War II. The ethos of extreme optimism may have been a good fit for what was becoming a sustained economic book in America. Currently, it triggers only mistrust.