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Thread by @KaraCalavera: "I've noticed a disturbing trend. People keep telling me that everything will be alright and that everything will work itself out, as if pers […]"

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I've noticed a disturbing trend. People keep telling me that everything will be alright and that everything will work itself out, as if personal freedom and democracy are the default of human nature.

They are not. /1
If they were, then the American experiment, with all its many flaws, wouldn't have been exceptional. But it was exceptional. Even with the subjugation of a good percentage of its population, it was still exceptional. /2
The fact that even some percentage -- not even a majority -- of the population had a voice was exceptional. Even when people still had slaves. Even when women couldn't vote. Just the fact that some people had a say in how their government was run was an exception, not a rule. /3
Everyone had to fight for that. White American men got it after the American Revolution. Women didn't get it until 1920. Black people supposedly got it but are still fighting for it to this day. /4
Democracy is not a default. It's something people had to bleed for. It's something women got raped for. It's something @repjohnlewis got his head smashed in for. Things aren't going to self-correct. /5
People gave their lives for this, and all we had to do was show up and make sure we kept what they fought for. As a whole, we didn't do that. We took everything for granted. /6
Maybe we made a mistake in calling things "rights." That word makes it seem like it's natural--something you can just assume is yours even though people can and will take it. Something you don't have to protect because it's supposedly self-evident. /7
I talked to a lot of people while canvassing who thought we'd settled civil 'rights' and women's 'rights' and that was the end of that. "They're 'rights' now, so why should we concern ourselves with those things? I'm going to vote my conscience!" /8
Those 'rights' are tenuous, as any non-white person or any woman of any race who's ever gone to a Planned Parenthood for a pap smear can tell you. Your 'rights' have no meaning to angry evangelical white people. /9
And those same angry evangelical white people now have control of all three branches of government.

And because you slept on it, you will not have those 'rights' unless you are prepared to rip them from the cold, putrified fists of those white evangelicals. /10
Stop telling me and everyone else that it'll all be OK -- that it'll just work itself out in the end. It won't. /11
You need to face reality now. You hated me when I told you to face reality and not send Jill Stein cash. You hated me when I said that the Electoral College would never give you anything but Trump. You hated me when I said not to depend on the Mueller investigation. /12
But it's been over a year and a half now, and you can't keep cycling through the stages of grief. It's time to reach the 'Acceptance' stage, and that means it's time to realize you're the ones that you've been waiting for. /13
Success isn't guaranteed. That's why I said that the things you take for granted now aren't necessarily 'rights.' No one is going to hand you what you know you deserve out of fairness. And if they do, you're still at their mercy. /14
Choose your allies wisely, and try to be good to the ones you do choose even if you do have differences. Four fingers and a thumb make a strong fist when they're clenched together. /15
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