Republicans (to each other): “We don’t have a racist problem. MAGA radicals are fringe. Ignore the Dems. They think everything we do is racist.”
Democrats (to each other): “We don’t have a socialist problem. Green radicals are fringe. Ignore the GOP. They think everything we do is socialist.”
MAGA: “Join our WINNING party line! Build the Wall to save us from invasion!”
Greens: “Join our WINNING party line! Built the Green War Machine to save us from extinction!”
MAGA to the common man: “The wall is the ONLY way to deal with the migrant crisis. Those who tell you otherwise don’t care about your safety. They wish you harm!”
Greens to the common man: “The Green War Machine is the ONLY way to deal with the climate crisis. Those who tell you otherwise don’t care about your safety. They wish you harm!”
MAGA Coalition: “Vote for our agenda, or be PRIMARIED. OUT with the ESTABLISHMENT! The people are with US!”
Green Coalition: “Vote for our agenda, or be PRIMARIED. OUT with the ESTABLISHMENT! The people are with US!”
Both sides: “All or Nothing. This is an existential crisis. Our lives depend on it. Take no prisoners!”
Most American politicians seem to think they need to stoke existential crisis and run their political campaigns as if they’re mobilizing us for war… against each other. But seriously… I think most of us are sick and tired of this bullshit. We are exhausted. We would welcome a politician who isn’t trying to amp us up. We want someone who will reassure us that everything will be okay… someone who will say, “We’ve got this.”
Here’s what I realize. American voter turn out is a lot lower than most democratic countries. We usually only show up at the polls if we think something is wrong and we want someone to fix it. The MAGA machine understood this. They looked for and identified pain points they could exploit and trigger a movement with. And right now, the Democratic party is doing the same fucking thing.
Pain points. Politics isn’t just trying to influence us anymore… they are making us hurt. And they are making us hurt each other. On purpose.
I’m so fed up with this shit.