by Shelt Garner
I’m looking forward to this month’s primetime January 6th hearings, but I have very ambivalent expectations. On one hand, I fully expect them to be compelling. On the other hand — meh. So what.
The United States is now not a democracy, but an anocracy and as such, lulz. Either we’re going to become a bull-blown autocracy or we’re going to have a civil war. The rot at the center of our political system is just too extensive. Epic, tectonic macro trends are at work and it will ultimately be up in the air which direction we go until the around the middle of late 2024.
I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do.
But the fact remains — we’re going to, as a nation, get a lot closer to understanding what happened on January 6th. Then collectively shrug and go back to hating each other.
For the time being, Republicans continue to be ascendant and there’s no reason to not think that the GQP will simply barrel over the center-Left and establish an American-flavored autocracy starting around 2025.
But, I suppose, there is small chance we’ll have a civil war. I don’t want one, and seeing’s believing that the American center-Left has it in it to start one.