I must say I very much appreciate your application of Gerard’s theoretical structure to the institutional failure of American national culture. That is something I need to look at more closely.
But do you believe that this deteriorating condition can stand until 2020? While you have accurately described the accepted analysis of the electoral possibilities, is that our only hope?
As umair haque stated, the mask of our pathological paternalism was stripped off today. We can be fairly sure that the party whose mask was most seriously ripped off will ignore everything and elevate a borderline psychopath to the highest court by early next week. And so nothing will happen until November and, when nothing is allowed to happen then, we will all wait for Trump to be re-elected in 2020, while, again, losing the popular vote?
I’m willing to say that if nothing happens to change the pattern this year ICE will be rounding up regular citizens by the end of 2019. This is a very real risk. They have started on naturalized citizens already. Consider that the easiest form of guaranteed voter suppression.
The masks are off. If nothing happens what do they have to lose? No one cares so they are right.
We have had two years of people beginning to care. Two years of women beginning to care. The elevation of Kavanaugh to the court will make millions of people care. But what do we do? Think about that.