This is the dynamic since 1980. We elect “centrist” Democrats. Those Democrats are then thrown out by Wingnut Republicans, mostly for being too liberal, except they are anything but. Every few years, we work to elect an increasingly rightwing group of “centrist” Democrats. Every few years or so, that group of increasingly rightwing Democrats is tossed out for being too liberal by an even more insane and reactionary group of Republican bomb-throwers.
At the same time, every few years, the whole spectrum shifts to the right. Ronald Reagan would almost be a liberal Democrat these days. Barack Obama, the “socialist Communist Maoist Leninist” governs to the right of Bob Dole 1996. The dynamic worsens every few years, with both Democrats and Republicans moving further to the right and the ridiculous center shifting accordingly.
Every few years, we are asked to vote for an increasingly evil group of Democrats, on the charming basis that they are less evil than Republicans. Yes! They are less evil than Republicans. And that motivation has kept me voting for the last 15 years. But what the Hell kind of rationale is that? I’m voting for evil people on the grounds that they are less evil than the opposition.
At some point, you have to just say stop! Enough of this already. Voting Democrat feels like being in an abusive relationship.
I’m unsubscribing from many of my Democratic mailing list. Oh my God, I feel so much better now! A 75 pound load has lifted from my shoulders. I feel like I just erased the names of my 10 most abusive “friends” and resolved never to call them again until they shape up.
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