It’s too much. We’ve become such a polarized, combative, ignorant, and hateful nation of dickholes. No one thinks anymore. Everyone jumps to the conclusion they want to jump to, and stubbornly clings to the narrative they made up in their head (or read on a Facebook meme during breakfast a week ago). Everyone loves to make cute comparisons to horrible things for effect, then end up believing their own hyperbolic garbage.
All sides are guilty of this. No one is exempt. This isn’t a “Trump voter” thing, or a “stupid liberal” thing. This is an “entire country” thing. We are all this dumb.
We are now getting the political leaders we deserve.
One is an obstinate, hyper-religious zealot who is probably the most hated politician in the country, at least by other politicians. He’s getting votes mainly because he’s the most aggressively Christian candidate, and being that will always gain a good chunk of votes in America.
Another is a long-term independent running in the Democratic party, and it shows. His policies are more socialist and challenge a large concentrated power base in the country (banks, billionaires), but he’s made the mistake of using the actual words “socialist” and “revolution”. Even though this country is 60 years removed from the last Red Scare and 15 years removed from the end of the Cold War, those two words are still frightening to many.
Yet another is one of the most establishment-approved candidates in political history, despite the fact that she would be the first woman president. She’s tried to maintain a message that paints her presidency as something new based on the fact that she’s a woman, but in reality her politics line up perfectly with two of the last three presidents, and her overarching economic and foreign policy aligns with the interests that have shaped our country for the last 40-60 years.
Finally, there is a reality television star who can’t stop telling us how rich he is. He has stated and supported multiple nativist and xenophobic policies, and has replied to almost any question asking about specific policy with some form of “it’s going to be great.” We spent a week talking about his dick. He speaks to us like we’re fifth-graders, because we are. He’s a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
This is it, everyone. This is the part of the history book where there’s a new heading called “Peak and Descent.” We have one of the most extravagant standards of living in human history, but it’s spoiled us so much that now we’re electing our political leaders by opening cereal boxes and hoping the prize is a toy.
America is fucking great. And we’re fucking it up.