As you probably know, we here at the DGBG Productions (driftglass blog, The Professional Left Podcast, etc.) have been waging a long, lonely war against the promiscuous use "we", "us", "The American people", "The Congress", "Washington D.C." and any other language deployed by the media and by Republican politicians in the service of pretending that somehow everyone and all institutions are collectively and equally culpable for explicitly Republican cowardice, Republican barbarity, Republican racism and Republican sedition.
Or that, conversely, the energetic and resolution opposition to explicitly Republican cowardice, Republican barbarity, Republican racism and Republican sedition is something that "we" are all in together. That, for example. stripping tens of millions of Americans of their health care in order to pay for tax cuts for plutocrats with something up with which "the American people" would not put.
No, no and no.
Because other than geographically, there is no such critter as "the American people".
This is the unhappy truth which the Beltway media damn well knows (not my graphic) --
-- but would rather pull its own head off rather than speak aloud.
There are the cow-dumb, often-racist authoritarian 30-35% who voted for Dubya twice, who voted for Trump and would vote for him again and are tickled to death at the thought of burning our democracy to the ground for Jebus or Freedumb or whatever. These assholes are called Republicans. (Judges will also accept "reprogrammable meatbags" and "The Tribe That Rubs Shit In Their Hair".)
But they are not "Trumpers", just as there is no such thing as "Trumpism". There is only Republicanism, with or without the bark on, and there are only Republicans, either out-and-proud in their paranoia and rage, or faking civility for the cameras. Not "Trump fans". Certainly not "Christians". Not "independents" or "Constitutional Conservatives" or "Originalists" or "Tea Partiers" or whatever the fuck they'll call themselves the next time they try to duck out on taking responsibility for the disasters they have plunged us all into this time. They are Republicans -- a cultural dead-loss, floating face-down in the shallow, debased end of our democracy's gene pool.
Then there are those of us on the Left who almost always give our hearts and cast our ballots for the Democrats. A raucous bunch who sometimes act against their own interest because Purity, but who are generally ambling along in more-or-less the right direction. And who, for the last few decades, have spent too little time on the important work of dragging the country forward because we have been forced to spend waaaay too much time cleaning up after one Republican catastrophe after another.
And, finally, there are the timorous residents of Centerville (pop. uncertain) who are too lazy or naive or terrified of the moral consequences to pick a fucking side in any fight. For them, Both Sides are always to blame for everything. For them, David Brooks is a golden god, and Matthew Dowd is his prophet.
Well, yesterday our grassroots Mo' Labels Movement --
Our big mistake as a country is not that we haven't tried to build a future that we could all live in, together, regardless of how much of a dumbfuck you are. Our mistake was not tattooing "I voted for Bush twice because I'm a moron. Then I went berserk with hatred for Obama for eight years because I'm a racist. And I then voted for Trump because I'm a racist and a moron [ed. and a misogynist]." on their foreheads and making them wear it for the rest of their days.-- added another warrior to its ranks.
Here is Mr. Ezra Klein cruelly abusing a helpless pronoun:
We have grown too afraid of the consequences of impeachment and too complacent about the consequences of leaving an unfit president in office. https://t.co/C3AkqwitfL https://t.co/amRALIzkBJ— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) January 3, 2018
And here is Ms. Joy Ann Reid setting him straight:
And here I am, smiling :-)Not “we.” Republicans. And not fear. Indifference, since they are getting what they want out of him, including direct monetary gains for themselves and their estates through the tax code. https://t.co/7Em46240Ho— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 3, 2018
Behold, a Tip Jar!