OK...I liked this SOOOO much that I reposted it. I wish I had the gifts to say this, for it is how I feel. Thank you "freeopinions!"
"Since November of 2016 there has been much analysis, speculation and punditry expended on just why and how Democrats were able to once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but it seems to me that the quote above pretty much sums it up.
If Democrats excel at anything, it seems to be in convincing a large part of the electorate that "setting the stage" for the next Republican predicament is immaterial to the predicament itself: enabling the worst is far better and more desirable than implementing it, so let's ignore the inevitable outcome and embrace the "lesser evil." In this case for instance, let's concentrate on the historical aspects of the first woman to be president, and forget her record of promoting war and income inequality, her role in the moving the Democratic Party steadily to the right, and her embrace of Wall Street bankers. Just concentrate on keeping the Republicans out of power, until we can't.
Each successive Republican has seemed to move the country to the right faster and more radically than the one before, and always we were told that only a Democrat could reverse that. Instead we have seen the Democrat reappoint the same cabinet members, double down on the same wars, continue the same policies, and continue promoting the interests of the investor class unabated. Throw in a couple of meaningless regulations, and a lot of rhetoric about how we really want to do more but it's just not pragmatic, and the result is...Donald Trump.
Obama governed to the right of center, and oh, how we long for that now, given the excesses of the Trump administration in its first few weeks. But just wait: In four years a Democrat will be elected to counter those excesses, and the wars in Yemen and Iran will continue, there will be several of Trumps cabinet members carried forward, vouchers for private schools will be replaced with ongoing funding, "Trumpcare" will be tweaked to allow insurance corps to charge seniors only 4 times the rate of younger people instead of 5, and we will hear over and over ad nauseum how much better it is now. In realty we will have moved even closer to the day when we see the last of democracy in the U.S., but death by a thousand cuts is so much better...
Is this the plan? Do Democrats deliberately allow Republicans to take leaps to the right so that people will become afraid and elect Democrats to take one step back? If it is not a plan, what difference does it make if this is the reality?"