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Anyway, it was a refreshing change to hear a political debate that was civil, sounded intelligent, and didn’t include the word, ‘terrific.’ I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s forgotten what it was like before the tangerine menace infected our daily existence. Trump made it a point to say that he thought the debate was, “BORING,” but then, I guess it would be to someone who has the mentality, maturity, and intellect of a toddler. What was he expecting, naked women? Couldn’t he just picture Tulsi Gabbard naked like the rest of us?
Having said that, I wanted to bring up this one subject before all the muckraking began in earnest, this whole idea of ideological purity.
For some reason, progressives have latched on to the idea that if candidates don’t rigidly adhere to their beliefs and ideals, that they are unworthy of their support. Green Party activists and Berners are prime examples of this type of behavior. Like back in 2016, they refused to vote for anyone other than who they supported, or worse, voted for Trump. And look at where we are now.
I think the worst part is that they haven’t learned a damned thing. Look, it’s good to have ideals and stick to your guns, but you have to learn how to compromise and pick the fights you know you can win. Let’s be honest- the last man standing is not going to be everyone’s first choice, but in order to beat the orange shitgibbon, everyone on the left is going to have to unite under a single banner.
What good is fighting for the changes you want when you’re fighting against a regime that’s totally against you? Better to get someone on your side and then hold their feet to the fire to get change. That’s how it’s supposed to work.
The whole notion of ideological purity in the Democratic party is illogical in that we all have similar ideas, but differing opinions. It’s easier in the Republican party because they have absolutely no ideas and practically the same opinion. It’s easier for them to get behind a single leader, because it’s easy for a loud-speaking idiot to prove he’s smart to a room full of morons.
I know Trump makes it easy to look like change comes from the top, but that’s because he abuses his power, doesn’t govern by the rule of law, and surrounds himself with enablers who just use him to enrich themselves. But beneath that, the Republicans at the state level are making changes to our daily lives that you probably don’t even notice until they affect you personally.
While Democrats and progressives argue over who we should get to lead our party, the Republicans are passing laws to restrict women’s reproductive rights, spoil our environment, gerrymander voting districts, and make it harder for our youth to get an education. They want to keep the populace powerless, complacent, and dumb. That’s how they retain power.
So what if the candidate who eventually wins the democratic nomination doesn’t totally share your values or positions? Hillary Clinton wasn’t my first choice either, you know. I thought she was an unscrupulous, entitled opportunist more interested in being president for no other reason that she thought it was ‘her turn.’ But I voted for her because the alternative was worse. Anyone who thought otherwise is a delusional fool.
Progressives, Berners, Far-Leftists, do yourselves and the rest of us a favor- lighten the Hell up and just roll with it. We need you, now more than ever. You might be annoying, but I’m swallowing my pride and asking, no, begging you: DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE YOU MADE IN 2016!
In fact, I’ll go you one better- follow Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s lead, and run for office yourselves! If you really want the changes you’re so passionate about, don’t sit on your asses and wait for someone else to make those choices for you. If Trump and the GOP have made one thing abundantly clear, it’s that any idiot can be in government.
A lot of people may not realize it, but traditional conservatism is slowly dying out and being replaced by white supremacy, religious fanaticism, and outright greed. It’s these forces which are making it so that the majority of this country will be forced to live by minority rule. We need to stop it, and we need to stop it NOW.
Marianne Williamson’s thought that we can beat Trump with love is a nice sentiment, but this ain’t the 60’s, The Lovin’ Spoonful broke up years ago, and only stoners still wear tie-dye. This is a war for survival, and we’re not going to win it if we continue to fight amongst ourselves.