Using Democracy To Rid Yourself of Democracy 🤔🤨
This sums up the MAGA mindset to establish their group as the ruling class as was originally intended in their view
America is fundamentally attractive and envious for this one trait both superficially and at its obfuscatory core. Yet it is being challenged and exploited quite blatantly by anarchists, authoritarians, misogynists, homophobes, theocrats, and a special bunch of narcissists who have an affinity for some of the world’s renown despots. These particular Americans, of whom both enjoy and employ democracy as privilege and an entitlement, wield anti-democratic attitudes and behaviors in the leaders they elect to legislate. In what can be atrributed to as willful spitefulness on display, that mindset is mostly captivated by but not exclusively by, the Republican party ethos which is something truly paradoxical and intentional.
Any rational American who is vested in the values and beliefs in equality imbued with certain unalienable rights that among them the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, can wholly rely on the democratic principals that affords us a basic educational opportunity, the right to due process, freedom of worship or not, and the freedom of speech. We are so invested that the United States is unmatched when it comes to the budget spending that guards and protects¹ these underlying principles whether it be by national security or by local law enforcement, all courtesy of our representative government.
Some of these rational Americans are in fact rationally ignorant about the consequences when it comes to the work of contributing to and sustaining democracy. It is why the get out and vote campaigns can be seen as intense and annoying, but totally necessary. But the misuse or miscalculation of that vote is costly and misinformed. Daniel Williams² (MPhil PhD) concisely sums this up this way.
Rational ignorance can explain cases in which people remain ignorant because of a lack of interest in politics, but many people are deeply interested in the political process and awash in relevant information. Despite this, data show that such people are nevertheless often grossly misinformed, holding confident but unfounded opinions at odds with well-established knowledge and widely accessible evidence. The recent riot at Capitol Hill is just one illustration — albeit a horrifying one — of such misinformation and its potential…