america of 9/12/2001 would be no more likely to listen to 2021 me than golikehellmachine of 9/12/2001 would be, and i was a belligerent and indestructible 21 year old unwilling to listen to anyone about anything.
i mean, seriously, i can't think of anything you can say. you youngs won't understand this, but if you're my age, imagine trying to warp back in time to 20 years ago today and telling someone: "DON'T TRUST COLIN POWELL, HE'S LYING TO YOU".
one thing that's very difficult to convey is how much more skeptical the average american is of every kind of authority now than it was 20 years ago, especially immediately following sept. 11th. this is, rather obviously, a very mixed bag.
when i was 21, i thought a reflexive, hostile skepticism directed at every form of authority was a good and smart way to live. i'm less convinced of that as a way of life today, even though i'm *more* convinced that a hell of a lot of institutions are thoroughly corrupt.
chris hayes commits a shockingly large number of unforced errors on this website, but TWILIGHT OF THE ELITES is still one of better books i've read about all of this.

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imagine getting paid as much as this guy gets paid to look this fucking stupid in public.
politico is basically the hill with better web designers and lower standards.
further, imagine being an actual journalist who does actual work, as opposed to stenography for liars, and having to treat this guy as if you have any respect for him, because that's apparently how media works.
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this context is always dropped from any discussions about 1/6 or his failure to win re-election, and it shouldn't be, because i think it's important to remember that both trump and the party who be-wraithed themselves to him are solidly unpopular.
both he and the party lost their hold on the white house and congress in a moment where demonstrating even a few degrees more compassion and responsibility probably would've seen making gains instead
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a thing that today's big washington post story underlines is that there are no mechanisms for correction when people in positions of tremendous power and authority are simply unwilling to take that responsibility seriously.
i suspect that miley's back-channel discussions with china happen much more often than we realize, but it seems pretty clear from the story that even on the domestic front, the people who were in close contact with trump were very seriously concerned that he'd go full mad king
pence, mcconnell, miley, esper, pelosi, mccarthy, this list goes on — all of them were legitimately afraid that we were in very real existential peril, and other than pelosi and miley, all of them were equally terrified of taking any action at all to take us out of harm's way.
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