nosystemd wrote: ↑Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:10 am
the next person is welcomed with open arms as if they're a saviour and not a horror.
Yep. If Biden comes out of this having been a halfway decent president, it will most likely be because the bar was simply set so low by his predecessor. And panicked Republicans need not get twisted out of shape, as we have a diehard obstructionist senate whose majority leader has a case of adult onset case of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
It's really not unfair to paint them as such with they take money from the same really-utterly-terrible corporations.
One of the many immensely aggravating aspects of the ouroboros of stupidity that is the Trump loyalist crowd (I still think Cult 45 is an appropriate epithet) is that all the things they supposedly loved about Trump are all hogwash. Like that he’s self funded or that he says what he means or that he doesn’t feed us bullshit, etc. He’s not at all self funded, giving Biden a run for his dark money. They’ve spent 5 years telling us he actually meant when he said something. He’s fed us all heavy doses of distilled bullshit this whole time. Presuming they’re not just complete idiots with zero perspective and entirely untethered from reality, my only conclusion is that they like him not for those things but for the other things: the middle finger poking the eye of the Democrats, the obnoxious attitude and Real Housewives theatrics, the undermining and occasional outright destruction of our institutions, the bald faced racism, and the total disdain for anything that looks or feels like a rule, from the norms of governance to the law itself.
the RNC and DNC are not about democracy-- they're about winning, regardless of what voters want.
In there somewhere is a kernel of idealism and belief that their way is right, but it absolute takes a back seat to this game of zero-sum tribalism that really is poisonous.
Colourful imagery aside
But it was great imagery
They won't matter (not in any practical way) though, until America gets tired of being jerked around like this. As long as their side wins, most people are content enough for 4 more years. Then we do it again. And make no mistake, a few things have improved.
Fully agreed, but it’s going to take more than getting tired of it. It’s going to take a massive, historic groundswell of total unity that’s unlikely to ever happen. We’re talking prohibition level unity, here. The very structure of our systems inherently shoved us into a two party system, and between the primitive first-past-the-post type election mechanism and the frankly shocking gerrymandering, we have a system where the politicians pick their constituents rather than the other way around. That already means the politicians will not let that power slip from their grasp willingly, requiring a truly massive thunderclap to correct, and the rank tribalism we’ve fostered where the enemy is actually our neighbors where giving even an inch is terrifying means the likelihood of actually getting together to reboot democracy is essentially rebooting America itself, and it’s a bleak prospect.