How it got that way
In my last diary, I discussed recent Supreme Court rulings on gun control and abortion. Well, as the commentators have said, it doesn't stop there. We're getting school prayer back. I suppose that after No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top you can't be surprised. I suppose that if you have kids and if their education matters, you can homeschool them and they can always pass a few tests and get into a college that won't care that they have no high school transcripts, like Tara Westover says she did in her book Educated.
So how did it get this way? How did we get a regressive Supreme Court, rampant inflation, unmitigated climate change, medical bankruptcy still common, student debt still overwhelming, an America where school shootings are routine, situation in Ukraine slowly moving toward nuclear war?
I know! Everyone told themselves that "omigod yoyu've got to vote for corrupt candidate A because corrupt candidate B is a FASCIST." And so you get -- surprise, surprise -- corruption, and everyone is afraid to build an alternative to the system of one "fascist" party and one fake alternative to "fascism," because, you know, fascism. Y'all defeated the supposed fascist. Aren't you supposed to be happy now?
The current order, from the Supreme Court all the way down to the cops who didn't act, is there to placate special interests (e.g. the "Christian" right, the NRA, military corporations, the super-rich) who wouldn't give their support to candidates without quid-pro-quo arrangements in place.
Where's your quid-pro-quo arrangement?