If Democracy is Dying, Why Democrats so Complacent?

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    • #427797
      Snort McDork
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      (Because they are assholes-[my emphasis])

      If Democracy Is Dying, Why Are Democrats So Complacent?

      By Luke Savage, The Atlantic

      24 May 21

      Democrats are unwilling to match their language of urgency with a strategy even remotely proportional to it.


      f you’ve followed recent Democratic messaging, you’ll have heard that American democracy is under serious attack by the Republican Party, representing an existential threat to the country. If you’ve followed Democratic lawmaking, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the threat is actually a rather piddling one. The disconnect, in this case, isn’t attributable to Democratic embellishment, but to inexcusable complacency.

      In his first address to Congress, last month, President Joe Biden established three basic themes—each one invoked in a language of crisis and political urgency: “The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” When it came to the third, Biden was both pointed and emphatic, tying the events of January 6 and the broader effort to delegitimize November’s election to a wider crisis of democracy. “Congress,” he declared, “should pass H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and send them to my desk right away.”

      Biden is far from the only Democratic leader to have made the connection. In urging the Senate to pass H.R. 1, which would improve voter access and election security, Senator Chuck Schumer (hardly anyone’s idea of a firebrand) said in March that state voter-restriction laws “smack of Jim Crow rearing its ugly head once again.” He went as far as warning that “if we don’t stop these vicious and often racist actions, Third World autocracy will be on its way.” Schumer hasn’t been shy about naming an antagonist, either, citing a “concerted, nationwide effort to limit the rights of citizens to vote” and even declaring that “we won’t let [Republican-controlled legislatures] create a dictatorship in America.”


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    • #427814
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      Democrats not only do not give a flying fuck about what voters need or want, they have even publicly defined their version of “Democracy” as “WE select the candidates; voters must then vote for our hand-picked candidates, or else we will whinge about Russian interference with elections”.

      This is just all deflective bullshit, anyway.  The Democrats have no intention of making life better for anyone but themselves and their owners and sponsors. Or making voting in any way easier and better and most importantly, actually counted in public on paper ballots instead of easily hacked and rigged machines.   Biden was remarkably clear about that.  They are no better than the GOP; they just have different stylists.

      As always, IMO.

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      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

      • #427820
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        Thanks djean111 it can’t be said often enough…slowly but surely people will catch on, but damn it’s frustrating.

        The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.
        God, guns, and gobbledygook...we live in an aquarium of nightmares.

    • #427827
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      The big D democrats are only in it for the money.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #427840
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      and continues to demonstrate it.  It’s easier to be out of power and raise money to “RESIST!”

      Or in this case, when they have the Presidency, House, and Senate, do almost nothing that doesn’t benefit corporations and the military, complain that they don’t have enough power to do something meaningful, and lose the House and Senate in the mid-terms, just like Obama.

      Promise one thing during campaigns, and deliver something very different.

    • #427850
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      Increased call for censorship, jailing without bail the protesters at Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, criminalizing menthol cigarettes, and still prosecuting Assange.

    • #427908
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      Because they are blue MAGA?

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

    • #427938
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      Because they are not democrats and just use the name

      of that party as camouflage. After all neither “party” can

      admit that they just obey their warmongering and

      corporate rulers.

    • #427940
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      H.R. 1 does cement the two party in place at the same time

      It takes all third parties out of the electoral system

      This is a big deception in the bill, you only get to vote for one of the two parties which are selected for you

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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    • #427999
      retired liberal
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      “This is a big deception in the bill, you only get to vote for one of the two parties which are selected for you”

      It is already happening. This is how we got Joe Biden, a Republican at heart and the early dropout authoritarian, Kamala Harris, who slept her way to the top. Most every other “democrat” running for President was better then these two. The greater and lesser evils are fading into an uniform shade of dark grey.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
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    • #428079
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      I believe the issue is that both parties sort of have for many years a tacit understanding and agreement to not rock the boat, so to speak. In other words, there are disagreements on certain social issues and there disagreements on the way things should be done. And we can fight over those things. But overall, the political elites and the establishment and the wealthy have an understanding that the status quo should be maintained at all costs. And these people view any outsider (whether right wing or left wing) very unfavorably. Anyone who comes in and threatens to change that status quo will face colossal and unrelenting opposition.

      Certain things like economics, trade policy, foreign policy, and the military industrial complex are cemented in place in Washington. If you are elected president and attempt to change those things, you will be destroyed. Literally destroyed.

      However, we are facing a problem where maintaining that status quo is going to be increasingly difficult going forward. Our budgets and trade deficits are not sustainable. Our economic situation is not sustainable. So we may be facing increasing social tension and political instability going forward. And history suggests that can lead to a great number of things.

      • #428138
        Cold Mountain Trail
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        “there are disagreements on certain social issues”

        not really.  the areas of ‘disagreement’ are just the ones they can use as wedges to divide people, cause those wedges still matter to some of the citizens

        but the ‘leadership’ doesn’t care if you can get an abortion or not, if you attend church or not, if you have access to a single-sex bathroom or a multi-sex bathroom or no, if you get minimum wage of $12 or $15 (its all slave wages)

        *They* have access to all those things

        The only important thing is that you remain under their control

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