Thoughts on political tribalism
This was in response to something a poster said, but it’s really not about him, it just became a jumping off point for talking about how a majority of our country behaves about politics (and yes, of course that includes Democrats)
it’s not psychopathic, it’s more just a symptom of giving up. it’s cold, not because it’s psycho. just because he doesn’t care. Most people don’t care! Most people have given up. This is the state of affairs of the USA.
it’s the reason I dislike tribal politics. because it’s not about people anymore. it’s about sides. Its as mindless as football riots, as guys yelling at an NFL game. Politics as a dumb game. Those who gave up, and reduced it to mindless scoring of points who gave up on their country as a place where people live and work and accomplish, and embraced it as an abstract game. because they can’t muster the effort to push back against the thing they were sold, the thing they were swallowed, the lives that they were told they had to lead. They can’t push back against the strong personalities around them, so they fall in line and join the tribe. They turn on talk radio and listen to parrots squawk.
When what we should be treating politics as, is what it actually is, philosophies about organizing society. But that’s hard, because thinking is hard for most people. Reasoning out a coherent philosophy of governance takes valuable energy that they’d rather spend elsewhere, on easy entertainment, easy outrages, rooting for their football team in suits in congress. Paranoia. ACORN this, Muslim that. Shorthand for being afraid and cowed into just being another drone, just another greyface. Because they’ve given up on critical thinking.