Happy 2/22/22, y'all!
In eight and a half years on Twitter, until yesterday morning I had never posted anything that has generated this many Likes, Retweets, and Follows. I honestly didn't expect the reception that this one received. It's not kerjillions, but it's still a bit of an ego boost. I did expect that people would misinterpret my statement, simple as it is, because of the way people plug messages into their own frames of reference whether they fit or not.
The Tweet was conceived as a pre-emptive response to something I've observed in elections past. A whole week into this year's midterm early voting primary season, I haven't yet seen any selfies on Facebook of friends smiling as if they've accomplished something, sporting their I VOTED stickers, rehashing that horrid cliché about "doing my civic duty." However, when I have seen these selfies, they're from smart, earnest Progressives who cling to the absurd notion that the Democratic Party is an avenue for their ideological aspirations rather than a dead end.
Yes, participating in small-d democratic activities in general is, in my view, a civic duty—i.e., one's duty as a citizen. Voting in a primary election, however, is only a duty to one's political party, not to one's nation, state, or community. It's debatable whether voting in the big-d Democratic Party's primary elections is a democratic activity, given that DNC attorneys have successfully argued in court that their party is not bound by law to respect the will of its voters.
So far, at least, I haven't seen any replies defending the Partisan Duopoly, and for that I'm grateful.
This is not a post about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, nor about my opinions on that choice.
This is not a post about the horrendous ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut, which led to the resignation of the Lebanese parliament's governing coalition and echoed far too painfully a similar incident 73 years ago in Texas City (and one with a smaller death toll seven years ago in the Texas town of West).
This is not a post about recent celebrity COVID-19 diagnoses, involving a whole gamut of humanity from Rep. Louie Gohmert to Reality WInner.
This is not a post about any particular story in this or last week's news cycle; it is about all of them.
This post is partly about the power of narrative, about which Caitlin Johnstone writes so frequently and cogently. It is more about the narrative of humanity's place on this planet, a story that the manufactured narrative cooked up by governments and corporations keeps locked away like Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison. It is mostly about how Americans in particular have been trained to swallow the prevailing narrative and ignore (or express hostility toward) the story of reality (not to be confused with Reality Winner).
This post also includes some rambling. Quite a bit, actually.
This entry is kind of a sequel—or a coda, if you prefer—to last Wednesday's rambling examination of why the so-called two-party system in the United States should die. Yes like Part I, it's kinda long-winded, so buckle in and read it if you dare.
What a drag it is getting old: I had a pretty good angle in mind for this post, but I seem to have forgotten it. Fortunately, Eleanor Goldfield inspired me with something she said in this week's Common Censored podcast. (Oops, sorry, that should be Eleanor Fucking Goldfield.)
About an hour in, instead of answering an earnest question from a listener as usual, Lee Camp reads a recent comment, posted in tortured English, about how he and Goldfield criticize Clintonites, Democrats, and liberals in general but do not criticize Donald Trump as frequently or forcefully, and concluding they must be Trump fans (or at least Trump apologists). The discussion winds its way to Goldfield reminding listeners that those millions of votes in 2016 Jill Stein and Gary Johnson allegedly "stole" from Hillary Clinton were not hers to begin with, similar to the way nobody is stealing the Supreme Court nomination from Judge Brett Kavanaugh because it isn't his yet.
Goldfield also invites the Clintonites to STFU about 2016 and Russiagate so they can turn their attention to the horrific policies the current administration is implementing—often with help from Democrats in Congress. Democrats, she adds, should furthermore quit kvetching about Ralph Nader "stealing" all those predestined Gore votes in 2000.
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