Mr Rogers was political and subversive AF.
Mr Rogers knew love was radical.

He knew kindness could be a powerful force.

He knew unconditionally respecting human dignity was an act of rebellion.

And he rebelled constantly.

He knew what he was doing.
Mr Rogers didn't transcend politics. He wasn't above the political.

He embraced it.

And he did so with a relentless appeal to the best in humanity.

Politics is not just the ugly.

It is also the defense of what is good and valuable in us all

And he embodied that defense.
The idea that children are people is still a radical idea.

It is still political.

Mr. Rogers based his show around the premise that children were autonomous beings deserving of respect and dignity.

He believed that human dignity should be modeled from childhood.
That he did not treat children as consumers or as possessions or condescend to them or underestimate their capacity for emotional and social intelligence flew in the face of sociopolitical views of children.

He was aware of this and that what he was doing was subversive.
It did not escape his grasp that the worst of American society was predicated on dehumanization and the commodificaton of communities and families.

His show was the literal antithesis of exploitation.

And he was aware of his capacity to elevate communities and local bonds
Mr Rogers used his platform and audience and widely acceptable American salt of the earth whiteness to promote the thoroughly anti-American idea that EVERYONE was worthy of respect in order to do his part to make America better.

If you think he wasn't political you missed him.

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I expect it looks primarily like performative collective mourning while in actuality, capitalism forces everyone to chastise each other into "getting over" it and moving on.
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It still relentlessly demands productivity and that everyone get on with life. Even if it kills you.
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It has generated so much

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It just expects everyone to just keep moving. Ever forward.

No time to reflect
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"Some people gonna die"

I don't think you have a concept of the scale.

You will have everyone who is already dying. They KEEP dying.

The people incarcerated are treated worse.

Then on TOP of all that, you get unimaginable death counts.

Not just direct dead either.
Trump is pushing for civil war.

You think police murder rates are high NOW? They will skyrocket beyond your nightmares

They will drone bomb Black neighborhoods in a fucking heartbeat.

Famine will skyrocket.

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And their ascension to power is drenched in the blood of the People.

Especially when the revolutionaries have no plan

The left has no plan.
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"If we keep Trump, then the revolution will come faster!"

"If we let the house burn down, maybe the family will finally get serious about fire safety"

Same nonsense.
"I really hate this lesser of two evils thing. I don't want a lesser evil so I'm gonna tacitly support the greater evil."

I don't understand it. I will never understand it.

You're free to believe it but I'm never gonna understand.
I dunno.

I totally understand the idea of proving to Dems that they can't just take Black and Left votes for granted without offering real change. I get THAT.

But I think this also fundamentally misunderstands who the Democrats are.
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Political = Involving any point in society where the actions of government intersect with the lives of the People.

Partisan = When a person's actions and positions are in service of a political party's agenda.

Please make a note of it.
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When people say "I hate politics" what they are really saying is "I hate partisanship"

These people do not find interest in following the political players or their stats

They do not care about teams.

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EVERYONE cares about where policy and people meet.
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Nope.
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It's evil until someone we hate is in it, and then we are willing to celebrate its worst features and support their continued existence.
When we are made to pit our righteous indignation about the abuse and violence of the prison system against our righteous indignation against people who do terrible things, the system will always win.
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