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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 11:54 AM

1. it's important to recognize that we are now a "flawed democracy"

we are not a proper democracy, and arguably have never been a proper democracy, though our flaws weren't previously as exploited as they have been lately.

- gerrymandering in the house
- the senate is by design inherently "gerrymandered" as it's representative of the states, not of the people
- the electoral college, well, we all know about that by now
- massive voter suppression with a particular bias in favor of the republican party

the republican party has long been the party of wealth and privilege at the expense of the majority, it has merely become much more overt and obvious with donnie. they know they can't win a legitimate majority, so they have abandoned democratic principles in favor of authoritarian methods, including cheating, violence and threats of violence, dividing society, stoking the "in" group, cruelty to the "out" groups, etc.

they have been building to this for decades with hate radio and foxnews. they saw the way the country was evolving -- becoming more democratic, more socially accepting of minorities, and less white -- and decided to do something about it. it has been a long-term project for them to radicalize 30% or so of america that is bigoted, and donnie is the ultimate conclusion of their efforts.

hopefully we've hit bottom as a nation and we recover from here, but it's going to be really touch and go from here. even if we win the senate with both georgia runoffs, we'll have a tough time holding on to both houses in 2022, and if the next president is a republican, we're screwed because they can't help but be more competent than donnie.

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