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Maybe, all in all, the best option would be living in a Dictatorship. Basically you get what you are given, without the illusion of having got who - or what - you voted for, or thought you were voting for. Even any illusion of freedom at all. Obviously a benevolent dictatorship would be nice, but I think that is what is called an oxymoron, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, just so long as you kept yourself under the radar of the local Thought Police and thus escape incarceration, you could then give yourself over to seeking true freedom of mind. (Even if incarcerated you could perhaps just stare at the walls for a nine year stretch, something which Bodhidharma found beneficial when he came from the West)
In such a system one could avoid the media altogether and thus not even run the risk of being fooled by any of it, or of thinking it meant anything at all. You could thankfully leave "sides" behind. Even bias.
(Some would say that the object of the exercise is, having gained freedom of mind, to re-enter the market place riding upon the bull. But I must not get ahead of myself)
I was sort of thinking Maslow, Let us get past securing housing and food and basic needs. ( access to job, healthcare, and food) and then we can start working on the other stuff.
We legit have a party that made it ok to deny someone medical treatment based on their sexuality.
Or if a pharmacy has a moral issue with a drug, they no longer have to dispense it - same applies for types of treatment.
In some states you can be evicted from your home if you’re landlord finds out your gay and things that’s “against god”.
Black men and women have been murdered by police, and nothing happens.
So many real issues have significant interests, on both sides some think abortion is a deal breaker. Either way. There is very little meeting in the middle.
Not so much that we are being passive, but that there is such a discrepancy in how many are treated by the two parties, it’s not really a choice in an either or system. And our elections are for the most part, either/or winner take all. There is very little room for a third party to be successful.
Yes there are more than two parties, there are dozens of other parties. Only a small handful even have enough name recognition to be a trivia question, much less a significant challenge on the ballot.
I’m pretty obviously democrat, simply because I won’t vote for a party literally agreeing it’s ok if me and my family die. That doesn’t make the dnc perfect, it’s not. I’m just being pragmatic. Being annoyed at something Biden did 20 years ago and has said differently now is not the same as something trump did yesterday, and is tweeting about today. Biden wasn’t my first choice, but baby with bath water situation. Not everyone has the same opinion as me. Some insist on voting third party, no matter their chances, that’s fine too. Just not where I’m at. Took too many poli sci courses over the years to be ok with doing that myself.