At least on the surface it seems like such an untenable position I’m hesitant it even address it, yet increasingly I’ve come to believe that inspite of the proclaimed indignation, anger, and general carping the majority of the electorate find a measure of comfort in the familiarity of current governmental and societal dysfunction.
That it’s better to stay with the pig in a poke than to actively pursue the change that is needed in this country.
If that is correct it speaks to two motivations, one being fear and the other complacency.
A fear that if the boat is rocked things will become worse or a complacency based on a belief that all is as it should be and both corporations and the government actually have our best interests at heart.
People want to believe, and often enough the mere desire to is sufficient to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the realities.
Politicians know this, for them it is axiomatic, and so they enage in a rheotric that facilitates this desire to believe, so much so I’ve actually heard individuals qualify this in saying they don’t take the campaign talking points as actually being what a politician will do or attempt to do.
That’s a wtf moment for me – you don’t actually believe them, which is to say you acknowledge or interpret that what they say are lies and yet will vote for them anyway?
Which in turn seems to substantiate the previously mentioned motivations – fear and or complacency. Seemingly untenable as I said but I’m hard pressed to think of a different explanation.
I suppose there could other possibilities like party allegiance come hell or high water or that casting a vote singularly on the grounds that a woman is running.
But in my estimation they too have a dysfunctional basis as gender in and of itself is far from being a qualification.
Change doesn’t occur overnight, especially when it comes to the political process.
It is incremental in nature – a path is chosen with x number of required steps.
Steps that would include the reinstatement of Glass Steagall and either a retooling of trade agreements like NAFTA that opened the gates to a tsunami of jobs and production leaving the country or the complete dismantling of it.
Medicare and SSI shouldn’t be attacked they should be fortified – when a conservative says the opposite ask them how many parents, grandparents, friends, or constituents do they have who have depend on both? Ask them if they’re willing to kick them under the bus?
If they don’t like a healthcare system that provides services to all regardless of income or ethnicity and say it’s all about family values and taking care of ones own ask them if they or everyday working people have the financial ability to do so?
When they go on about the evil of a tuition free college education ask them if they believe only the best and the brightest seek a higher education or have the ability to afford one?
I seriously doubt the rank and file conservative working class are any better off than others – they have to contend with the same oppressed wages, the same exportation or jobs, and the same financial uncertainties and burdens – yet the familiar comfort of dysfunction is acceptable as long as it’s wrapped in a layer of guns, immigration, ISIS, and the flag.
It’s like being offered the choice of losing an arm or leg, choosing one, and then chanting USA, USA, USA.
America, the land of political savants? I don’t think so, more of a naivete staggering in proportions.