in christmas of 1986 i received the nintendo entertainment system from my parents. i was 9 years old. i have spent the following 3 and a half decades in search of the absolute joy of that singular moment.
What some factions of the left and most of the right never seem to want to grapple with is that Barack Obama was and is an enormously popular political figure, and always reflexively trying to tear that down isn’t going to work.
If it were me, I would think, “What is it people like about Obama and how could we use elements of that to implement good things?” But ah, that would mean admitting that the way I’m currently approaching things isn’t working at all, and we can’t do that.
Like, “oh I like Medicare for All and/or the Green New Deal. How would the guy who was elected to two presidential terms and still remains quite loved half a decade out of office convince others to support those ideas?” But no, let’s just keep having brute force fights instead!
A year ago today/this week I was in the hospital. Ultimately I ended up with a second toe amputation for the second time in a year (I swear to God you barely miss it). This year despite everything going on I’m thankful not to be there again. I mean, look at this food.
I’m especially thankful for my Aunt Angela, who came down again (she did it the year before) to help take care of me while I was hobbling around on one foot. She’s my mom’s youngest sister, and she’s been there for me literally since the day I was born (she was in the room).
When I was in the hospital I explained my priorities to them.
Liberals are gonna spend ten years and a day agonizing over social media content and coming up with unworkable solutions when the answer is simple: Blast people with info from the left as loud as they get info from the right. That’s it.
Lol people in my replies over-complicating this. I don’t know why this is difficult. See what Fox and the Ny Post do? Do that. But with liberal stuff.
Maybe I just see this different cause I spent so many years in right wing media world. Liberals spend so much time over thinking this and needlessly pleading with the party to do this. I’m not saying it’s a magic bullet but it needs to be done and it isn’t particularly hard.
i would advise going through at least one (or more) election cycles where you have no strong preference in a primary and you get to see just how much emotion gets wrapped up into things, for better or worse. (im not immune, i def got there in 2008)
me in the 2008 primaries vs me in the 2020 primaries
me in 2008 every time something negative went against obama
we'll find out more about biden's cabinet picks but just a reminder that trump's secretaries of state were the head of exxon and a conspiracy theory congressman.
as ive said previously, historically biden has been (somewhat) to my right on foreign policy and defense, though im probably closer in mindset to him than i am the liberal activist group, on those topics.
on the other hand we should get the hell out of afghanistan and its one of the few policies of trump's ill support.
One conspiracy I truly will believe until I die is that they replaced my 4th grade teacher with another woman and everyone kept pretending she was the original. My friends and I even tested it out by yelling the first teachers name at her.
And she turned around.
I don’t know why my mom went along with this ruse. Probably some Illuminati stuff
my early feel on the election truthers are kinda like the 9/11 truthers and the birthers. nothing will ever convince them. they'll go on for years saying it was stolen. there's millions of them but theyre crackpots and cranks and life is too short to give them facts they ignore.
theres people to this day who will tell you that no plane hit the pentagon. like the election totals for biden, we all saw it. nothing will convince them. there is no point to bothering.
many days i vacillate between wanting to fix all the things and just shrugging. people, esp on the left, largely don't want to tackle the key areas we have problems (the media). and there's only so much you can do.
we see stories like the biden campaign being swamped by right-wing noise and everyone's reaction is like: fact checks! subscribe to the ny times!
are you fucking kidding me?
the answer is simple: create noise from the left. but people largely don't want to do that. so here we are, a dinghy in an ocean of shit.