The domination of the nostalgia voter poisoned by violent propaganda summarizes the national condition. The fact that these are a distinct minority of the population doesn’t help as the political system has degenerated to the point that it is limited to these people and the opportunists that control them. I have to agree with Rogue Gay that there does not appear to be any hope for the national unit. Attempting to pursue a traditional, mid twentieth century political process to change the situation will be prevented until dementia and/or death takes the bulk of the nostalgia voters out of the mix. That might have been realistic if this were fifty years ago but we are too far gone in too many ways to be able to wait for the natural correction of a poisoned population.
We are facing paradigm shifts in social and political reality with an accelerating decline into climate driven disaster. It’s unfortunate that the controllers of the nostalgia voters are both brutal opportunists and are, themselves, sliding into dementia exacerbated by their own propaganda. As they have been able to enrich themselves with a huge percentage of “wealth” they are building their bunkers and mountain survival estates with the idea that they can survive the decimation of the semi-human population. Brutal opportunists see disaster as something that can be turned to their advantage first and need not consider the perspective of the “others”.
I’ve come to see Trump as the straw that is breaking the camel’s back. Another case of really shitty luck that we allowed ourselves to be put in this situation with a depraved, demented, and irrational person perfect to drive the problem population into a frenzy of self destruction just as our clock runs out. Sadly we allowed this to happen and ourselves to be blocked by the antiquated and quaint constitution that is more important than our survival.