Was trying to reply to Mindy but refactor broke it:
I agree with what you have said here, but I think the Democrats could do some things differently. I don’t criticize the Republicans much, because I take it for granted that they are going to try to kill us all for profit and are largely psychopaths. It seems like sitting around discussing how shitty a 3 day old turd is is ultimately a waste of time. I can’t for the life of me work out how anyone ever could have been dumb enough to think Trump is some kind of populist hero. I have voted for Republicans zero times in my life.
I realize that Democrats view themselves as being these great political compromisers, but it seems like at some point we should stop bowing to corporate interest. I’ve seen centrist dems claim there’s no point in taxing the wealthy more because they will just continue to find ways to avoid paying taxes. That’s great and all, but maybe we should actually address that. It seems awfully defeatist, and in my opinion we should be throwing them in prison or kicking them out of the country. I view establishment Democrats as people in positions of power who should be openly criticized and held under scrutiny at all times in the hopes that they will improve.
There are some other angles here for me based on personal experiences I’ve had that revolve around themes like country vs. urban culture, social class, people who hold “right beliefs” vs people who actually make good friends, etc. And then there are generational factors at play as well.
I went through a phase where I thought making fun of idealists younger than me who openly criticized establishment Democrats was both the right thing to do and a sign of maturity, but I’ve really come to appreciate the enthusiasm the younger folks bring to the table and being sort of trapped between two generations I found it a great relief to find leftists who can see some of the hypocrisy that often lies behind the Democrats or upper middle class / wealthy liberals (particularly boomers and generation x)