I thought this was a joke... but the old school chauvinist pigs never retired. Like the Koch Brothers, they use their chain of influence to retain power and privilege for their little exclusive group.
This is one reason I consistently challenge the WE meme.
Since power is not equally distributed, it is generally only small cliques that make the decisions of consequence--frequently without informing the public; and even when they do inform, they use disinformation and propaganda to insist upon wholly false cases and rationales for THEIR actions.
In a system of Patriarchal Capitalism, money = power. That means those with lots of it define most of what passes for both domestic and foreign policy.
Since the era of deregulation, which ran parallel with the rise of the Deep State, Power has NOT been held to account. Covert entities use PR firms and psychologists to drum up narratives that have little to do with actual goings on.
It's evident when media reports push the idea that Black Kids (gunned down) had "a history," while giving the police who go rabid on them, a pass.
That's the same narrative that has always blamed the rape victim for her history or what she was wearing while giving the athlete/male a pass.
It's the same rationale that pretends that Israel and Palestine represent two equal sides in a long lasting battle.
Derivatives include terms like "mistakes were made" or other nebulous frames that always hide TRUE actors and their criminal behaviors.
Then fools in forums like this cover up these intellectual canards by arguing that such frames are merely rhetorical devices, as if these rhetorical devices are not being used for very definite purposes.
I've used this analogy in the past: that everything works in cycles. Ocean waves actually rotate backwards under themselves in order to acquire forward momentum.
In parallel, historical cycles oftentimes seem to recapitulate the WORST of past behaviors (regression) before enough forward momentum gathers to push the wave of progress forward.
And to anyone convinced that this election will lead to the same outcome as was apparent in the past, I'd argue that there are too many precarious conditions coming to a head at once.
These include a major uptick in climate chaos--the natural world in lots of places is coming apart.
It includes a monetary system that's been inflated to the point where collapse is imminent.
And it includes the detritus of a global trade in armaments led by the U.S.'s very own MIC and its weapons designers.
The next few years are critical to humanity's survival.