The weirdest part about people losing their shit over this entirely correct tweet is nowhere in it do I actually, as accused, blame Biden or the Democrats. I know they're hamstrung.
That, I would argue, is only adding to the tune out and fade away reaction among Democratic voters. If they vote in Democrats, but those Democrats are utterly helpless to make change even if they win, then it seems pretty pointless.
Republicans win when they win and win when they lose. Soon their power will be beyond even the already ineffectual efforts of the people to get rid of them. That's why I use the term "learned helplessness." It's what happens to people when nothing they do changes anything.
Trump organized a coup that culminated in a violent insurrection and the chance of him going to jail appears to be less than zero. Indeed, the odds are high that he'll being the next president in three years, even though he won't win fairly. No wonder people are giving up.
Through redistricting alone, Republicans will retake the House, even if every single Democrat who voted in 2020 votes again. And that's not even looking at voter suppression and election office takeovers. salon.com/2021/11/16/alr…
Trump will lose to Biden in 2024, but this time, McCarthy will be in charge of the House. Any state's electoral vote that Trump asks to be thrown out likely will be. Major democracy reform legislation could prevent that. But Manchin/Sinema took that off the table.
All this happens to be true, without you having to falsely declare that I'm bashing the Democrats as a whole. I know most of them see this situation for what it is, and would change it if they could. But they can't, not with Manchin/Sinema in the way.
But if Democratic leadership is helpless, imagine how ordinary people feel! So no wonder they're checking out. That's what learned helplessness is. Your actions don't matter, so you just....give up.

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