As much as I enjoy ridiculing “our democracy” which is poised to die at any minute from the triumph of “authoritarianism” and literal “fascism” at the polls (yes, by people voting), I am honestly enjoying the ride. I’m increasingly optimistic that we are seeing a resurgence of common sense.
When I look at these people, I see a distinct social class with professional class jobs that lives in metro areas on the coasts which is defined by qualities like sanctimony, hypocrisy, hysteria, ruthlessness, narcissism, intolerance and self-righteousness which conflates its own self-interest and ambition with the nation as a whole and which assumes it has a divine right to lord it over the rest of us and is determined to remove all obstacles to its power like the filibuster, the U.S. Constitution, Senate and Electoral College.
PMCs use the phrase “our democracy” as a synonym for themselves and their grip on power as a social class. They are panicking about their declining legitimacy, power and authority under Joe Biden. “Democracy” isn’t imperiled. More people are stirred up and voting than at almost any previous point in the last century. The wrong sort of people are voting and trends aren’t going their way. If Red States and Purple States are engaged in “voter suppression,” they aren’t doing a very good job at it.
The latest terrible news is that most people in this country are rolling their eyes, focusing on their own priorities and tuning out the hysteria from PMC control freaks in New York and DC.
“It was the scariest of times, it was the stablest of times.
Contemporary American politics offers an unsettling study in contrasts. On the one hand, Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen presidential election in 2020 and his attempts to undo the results of that contest, culminating in the violent storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, provide blaring warning signs that our democratic system is in peril. Far from turning on Trump, a large portion of his party has continued his project: In 2021, Republican state legislatures passed new restrictions on voting access while attempting to seize control of the levers of election administration; meanwhile, GOP congressional leaders moved to isolate Republican lawmakers most critical of Trump’s conduct and claims. And the House’s Jan. 6 committee continues to unearth evidence that Republican House members schemed with the White House to overturn the election.
Worries about the state of American democracy didn’t begin when Trump rejected the election’s results — indeed, they predate his entrance into politics. For the last two decades, analysts have connected dysfunction in governance to deepening party polarization, marked by an asymmetrical Republican shift toward procedural hardball and extremism. Trump’s rise both extended and accelerated a disturbing trend. When he trafficked in authoritarian rhetoric and brazenly mixed personal and public power — while steadily consolidating the loyalty of his party — analysts portrayed it as a lesson in “How Democracies Die” and “How to Lose a Constitutional Democracy.” As nearly 200 scholars with relevant expertise warned last summer: “Our entire democracy is now at risk.”
But for all the alarm and political tumult caused by recent developments in the Republican Party, voting behavior has not changed in response; it’s shown remarkable stability and continuity with patterns established at the outset of the century …”
If you have been to DC or New York lately, you can see why they are going to lose. COVID was the reason that Joe Biden and the Democrats were barely restored to power and they blew it.
It is worth noting that the same people are panicking about the Omicron variant. Life returned to normal here over a year and a half ago. There are still hundreds of thousands of children out of school in New Jersey. New York City has segregation based on that COVID vaccine card which is hilarious given that so many people who have been vaccinated are getting COVID anyway. The fact that COVID has persisted contributes to the overall impression that these technocrats have no idea what they are doing.
This is the current state of COVID infections in New York City after all the bullshit that people who live there have put up with for almost two years now and after most went out and got vaxxed. As Larry noted yesterday, the actual authoritarianism that exists is COVID authoritarianism in Blue States andthere has been a mass migration of people moving to states like Florida to escape from it.