Open Thread - Thurs 08 Feb 2024 - Biden's Different, Right?
Biden's Different, Right?
Would 'you' (meaning a standard liberal, not the people here at C99%) be more upset about the genocide in Palestine, if Trump were president? Are 'you' upset by the administration's doing nearly nothing about the climate crisis? It would be worse if Trump were president, right? And healthcare? Nothing's been done there by Biden, despite the promises, so under Trump it would be worse? And all the money going to the military-industrial complex, Biden's definitely ramped that down compared to Trump, right? Biden's moved us back from the brink of nuclear war! What? He hasn't? Biden's freed Assange, right? /* sarcasm, sarcasm - these questions are all sarcasm */
A cartoon from the last election... fun times! (not). From the IndyStar.
These questions, and more, came from a recent article by Lee Camp entitled 'If Trump Were President Right Now, Would You Act a Little More Sane?'. It's both funny, in a very cynical way, and astute. Unfortunately it's behind a pay wall, but I wanted to list some of the things he talks about in the article, things that have occurred to me recently as well.
Camp finishes the article with (remember 'you' doesn't mean those of us at C99%, at least in my view):
Would you care about all of these things if a deranged rightwinger were president right now instead of a so-called “liberal” who happens to accomplish (or fail to accomplish) all the same things as a deranged rightwinger?
Yeah, I think you would. I think you, the liberals of America, would be a whole lot angrier at the US government if everything were exactly the same but the face at the top was Mr. Orange himself.
…But you would still be directing your anger in the wrong place. You would rant and rave about Donald Trump, but you wouldn’t stop to realize it’s the system as a whole. The American system of inverted totalitarianism with capitalism as a broadsword results in the exact same outcomes over and over and over. Maybe someday soon you’ll get it.
Now, I'm not voting for Trump. I am not voting for Biden. It's evil versus evil. Gads. I wish there was a way out of it all, but we are not allowed to vote for the actual rulers, are we? If Jaska's still around then, I'll vote for her, maybe. Or maybe third party to 'let them (the two big parties) know'.
So, what do you think? Can we do anything about this at all, about changing the system as a whole? I'm not sure we can. And, frankly, I don't know how to do it, voting isn't really a solution. So protests, actions to stop the system (what could those be, and can an old lady do them?)... what else? Maybe just wait for it to collapse, which is kinda defeatist, but what else is there? Act whenever possible? What do you think?
Thanks for reading and here's the open thread - and remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough, so tell us about where you're diving!