Holman wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:20 pm
Pyperkub wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:03 pm
Oh, I accept that the GOP is broken, but there are pockets of sanity (see Lincoln Project, John Kasich) etc. which could be nurtured. I do see a value in having fiscally responsible (not the current hypocrites who call themselves fiscally conservative), libertarian-leaning, free-market, business oriented, representatives, etc. in congress.
I know it's possible to attach positive meanings to those terms, but right now the two great crises facing our civilization are climate change and income inequality. I can't think of any way those ideas can help us deal with them.
The Dems are likely to come out of this election with significant political capital for dealing with those problems. We can't spare any for saving the GOP from itself.
Help? The biggest one I can come up with is just the cautionary ensuring that individual liberties are addressed, especially with regards to climate change. Having a strong advocate there who will compromise can certainly deliver a better long term program. The key is in not playing it for power.
Any Climate Change legislation/laws will definitely make the RW-Nazi rebound even worse if it is imposed and doesn't at least get some buy-in and support, in writing, and will then fail. Making Hard Choices and following through will only make everything more vulnerable to attacks, lies, misinformation, FUD, etc. in what will probably be a successful Party Power over Country move in 2024 by the RW Nazis without change.
If you thought the RW Nazi backlash to ACA and Obama which led us to Trump was bad, what do you see in 2024? How do we prevent/ameliorate that?
Add in the needed wealth inequality fixes, the Health Care fixes, etc. EVERY SINGLE THING will be under constant attack, and because they all require sacrifice, will be really friggin' easy targets.
As such, any Dem fixes will be temporary at best, and given that they all require sacrifice, will be sacrificed on the quarterly gains pyre and the witches burned who dared suggest shared sacrifice.
What if McCain went thumbs up?
If the remaining GOP, whatever it is, isn't forced to be a part of those hard choices, buy in and commit, they will just be temporary.
There are three ways to not tell the truth: lies, damned lies, and statistics.