Thinking out loud…
It seems we all agree there is a lot of divisiveness today and that perhaps the walls are higher and thicker than ever before.
The big divisions are relatively easy to identify - dem v repub, lib v con, black v white, etc.
Thinking about it, perhaps intersectionality plays a bigger role than we think. And maybe Trump’s term shed a light on it some.
Maybe dem v repub is not the real wall, at least not without the intersectionality?
And we use the term “radical” to those who have goals beyond that of 5 degrees off center. Are they really “radical” if we look at that intersectionality?
70-odd million people voted for President Trump in the last election. There are only 30-odd million members of the republican party. Less than half of Trump voters. Where did the rest of them come from and why did they vote for Trump?
Barack Obama has hailed as the first black President and rightfully so. A historic President. What he was not was a Descendant of Slaves (DOS). Why do I make this observation? Because slavery is the foundation of the claims of inequity that must be corrected.
Harris is hailed as the first black female VP and rightfully so. Historic. Is she African-American, and if so how?
Trump is a rich, white, male from NYC. He and I have white and male in common, but that’s it. Is that enough for me to vote for him? It wasn’t. Those characteristics are superficial.
Are we using the wrong identities to determine intersectionalities? Have we been conditioned to focus on “protected classes” instead of the commonalities that matter?
I don’t believe for a minute that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would ever consider defunding the police anymore than Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy.
Why are conservatives so ag’in single payer healthcare? Is it simply because “they” are for it? Do cons really “like” our healthcare today? Seriously? (For example). Or do we oppose it simply because “that’s what we do”? Is it because we don’t trust the government to do it right (my concern)? If so, how can we claim our government will do what we want “right”?
Have we stopped thinking for ourselves and simply reflexively reacting to groupthink?
Why is single payer healthcare such a horrible idea?
Why did the black nation get disappointed by Obama and will again by black winners?
The Squad (Rising) are not “radicals” - they have a different intersectionality, which drives their goals. Their world views. They also have goals in conflict within their own group. Just like every other alliance.
Has our subjectivity blinded us to any objectivity at all? If so, we are probably doomed as a country.
Do the litmus tests require absolute purity? Guarantees? I keep thinking back to the Justice Barrett confirmation hearings. Do we need an abortion guarantee? Or do we need a guarantee to follow the law?
I don’t think AOC is any more radical than Jim Jordan. Their intersectionality is different, and that attracts. And divides.
“Looks like me…” is real, but in my opinion it’s not nearly enough. Trump “looks like me” in race and gender (I’m much prettier than that man), but he is not like me. At all.
I would offer that the way to get more united (we will never be united - competing goals) is to stopping focusing on shallow, superficial identities and begin focusing on policy - and be willing to compromise on them.
There are no doubt people, perhaps many, who voted for Trump because he is an old, rich, white male. Biden is the same thing. Are their policies really that much different? That remains to be seen, but I doubt it in practice.
So why did more people choose Biden?
There is no doubt people, perhaps many, who voted for Obama because he is a black man. Were his policies that much different than Romney or McCain? Trump’s? How about Harris? The AG who locked up pot heads has a different policy than law and order? Really?
They all pay us lip service based on polling. They promise us they “look like us”. But do they.
Biden is the President now. He will assume office in 2 months. He will quickly find that despite his best intentions, he has no control over the virus and what can be done has and is being done. Oh they will claim whitewash is a significant change, but it isn’t. If anything makes a sea change, it will be the vaccine and medicine. Things that have been done.
If the market crashes like it did in the spring, he will worry about as much as Trump did.
If a dictator steps out of line, he will do the same things Trump and Obama did.
Biden has promised “America First!” Promised millions of dollars to support it. Will he do it? Or will he put Paris Accords and WHO first?
We are accepting propaganda driven by the media instead of critical thinking and demanding excellence. Until we change, they won’t.