#1 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES AT 2020-10-06 02:58 PM | FLAG:
The same thing is happening on the left now. If you can't see it, you might not be one of the sensible ones ;p
It's everywhere. At this point the only reason I don't fear open civil war is the divisions not following a clear geographic line, since they instead divide urban and rural areas. And personally, I think it's the system working as intended to keep those at the top in power. It's not all that easy to unite and topple those in power when everyone is divided along racial and partisan lines. The economic gap between 99.9% of us and the top .01% has never been wider, The system since Bush with the Patriot act, Citizens United and all these other lovely attacks on individual liberties never more corrupt. And what do we have to show for it? Two parties that are little more than raging whining hypocrites to such extremes they'll change their own beliefs just to oppose the other. The left is the party of peace, and anti-war. Oh wait, that was under Bush, now it's Obama, so we like war. Wait, now it's Trump who's trying to bring troops home and stop wasting that money abroad like we all screamed for back under Bush. So now we fully support foreign wars, racist killing (so long as it's not in our country) and imperialism.
Same with immigration. Bush is in power and not really hard line doing anything about illegal immigration. At this point, we oppose it. It's taking jobs away from the working class, it's depressing wages, and these are only jobs Americans won't do because companies won't pay a living wage, and any company that won't pay a living wage isn't truly successful enough to exist. (I still fully believe all of that, by the way. Parties may not be consistent, I have been for 20 years now.) Dem's are sick of seeing sold out to big business Republicans get away with cheap illegal labor. So Obama is in power now, and we're going to act on that. Border security has never been tighter, families that don't like getting separated get flat out told by the president not to be irresponsible and cross the border illegally or it's their fault. Wait, Trump is in power enforcing the same things and the same views, so now it's racist and there are children in cages, won't anyone do anything?!? (Insert vapors such as only Lindsey Graham could once have and pearl clutching here.)
I could go on and on about how little current events make sense. Honestly, libertarians and BLM should be arm in arm opposing police militarization, but not to leave the right out of my attacks, we have 2nd amendment supporters suddenly turn boot licker over the very reasons they once claimed we need guns for, for one example, but truly I could pick examples all across politics and academia. Political and (supposedly) ethical views change on the drop of a dime anymore, not to support views even, but merely to oppose the other party.
I once supported this kind of refusal to compromise. But when I did that, I incorrectly thought people would hold consistent beliefs, and the views I felt deserved no compromise were things like opposing US interventionism and imperialistic warmongering. Instead, the only thing that has remained consistent is division and partisanship, all while our modern day robber barons pull the strings and keep widening the moat between us and them. I've never been more sad for my country.