by Shelt Garner
I am not a Leftist. In fact, I find it rather annoying that the only people right now taking the United States’ decent into a fascist managed democracy are Leftists. So, as I look for people to join with to figure out what to do in real life about MAGA-Qanon actually beginning to implement their fascist agenda in the United States, I’m not finding a lot of people to talk to.
I’ve come to believe I’m a “radical moderate.” What this means is I simply want things to go back to what they were in 2016. I don’t want to shit on America or rant about identity politics or “slay the patriarchy,” I just want a liberal democracy with a functioning political system.
It should not be that big a deal. But, tragically, it obviously is.
The reason why I think radical moderation is important is there are millions of Americans who don’t give a shit about scoring points on Twitter. All they care about is raising their kids, paying their mortgage and keeping their jobs. As such, should the worst happen, they are the people who are going to make the final decision about America’s fate.
If they just don’t care that tanks are rolling down their streets now or the only appeal they hear from people hoping to save what’s left of the Republic is how shitty America is, there’s a chance they will be so turned off that they will lulz it. Now, I know a lot of mainstream Democrats essentially are already giving a rather policy-driven approach to these types of people, but that’s a political solution.
When politics finally dies in the United States — probably because of dueling presidents — things are going to grow existential pretty quick. Appeals to this huge swath of Americas will be moot because it won’t be policy we’re fighting over, it will be for the soul of the country.
But it may be too late. The logic and moment for tyranny is well established. It may be that there isn’t even that much of a struggle when House Trump finally turns us into a Russian-style autocratic managed democracy.
I just don’t know what to say about that prospect. Sometimes, you have to make your own hope, I guess.