I’ve been searching for two things this week: (1) time and (2) a way to address our slide into single-party, pseudo-democratic, minority-rule authoritarianism. Time because we had an entire grade level and their teachers go into quarantine due to a student getting #COVID19. It means that we lost ten teachers who taught other grade levels than the just one. While they can teach from home, someone has to facilitate and supervise in the room. The extra duties and supervision issues has made everyday this week seem like three. I swear, on Tuesday I honestly thought it was Thursday by the end of the day. You know how you’ve got a kind of internal clock measuring these things matching your usual body sensations to the usual events of the week. Whine, whine, wine, wine. Still, no wonder everyone thought 2021 was exhausting.
I’m increasingly convinced that it really is too late to save our democracy. The GQP has in place the laws to suppress and nullify any votes that they want and gerrymander minority rule in the state legislatures and House of Representatives. Of course, the Senate has always favored the GQP where minority rule is de rigueur. We need look no further than Georgia and Florida to see the future of voting rights in the coming #GOPDystopia.
They’ve installed the court to rule in their favor when the challenges reach the Supremes. Seeing what passes for legal arguments coming out of the right wing of the court makes you think that if John Roberts really had any concerns about the legitimacy and reputation of the Court and his own legacy, he’d resign while any of it was still intact. If he was really concerned about any of that stuff, he would.
“I’ll be Defeated in a Primary”
There is a lot to say about our slide into authoritarianism, but this Tweet and my response to it seems as good a starting point as any for the series.
Mike Memoli tweets about an anecdote Biden repeated at his mammoth marathon of a meeting with the press that five GQP senators have confided in Biden that they agree with him but can’t support him because they’ll be primaried! As if that is the worst thing that can happen to the country or the world — them not being in the Senate in any longer. All of our fucking fates rest on some back bencher GQP senator retaining his or her seat. Like the do fuck all anyway either when the Dems hold the chamber or the GQP does.
This attitude is exactly why we’ve already lost our democracy: we no longer understand what democracy is. As I said in my reply, democracy is not about getting elected or re-elected; it is about representing your position on whatever issue, compromising with other legislators, and getting bills passed that address the problems the country is facing. If your constituents don’t like what you’ve done, then they’ll elect someone else. If they do like, you’ll be re-elected.
Turning our government into a party politics power play of Realpolitik is authoritarianism. It is a page out of every dictator’s rise to power in the the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For all of us to tsk tsk and shake our heads and wonder when the Republicans are going to reach into their pants and find their balls, is a fundamental misdiagnosis of the problem and the solution.
The problem is that every one of those motherfuckers think that without them in elected office, the world will come to a screeching halt in a hundred car pile up during a blizzard on some Northeastern expressway. That we keep electing these motherfuckers and not demanding that they stand up for their beliefs and let their constituents decide, shows that we’ve been gaslit into accepting this pale facsimile of electoral democracy for the real thing.
As long as We The People keep electing these yahoos to office, we are not a democracy. We may not yet be a complete autocracy, but we’re in the worst possible position: that halfway point between the two where real widespread violence is likely to breakout before, during, and after elections and seal our fates.
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