i watched this yesterday and
i’ve been at least vaguely politically aware since i was a kid, mom worked on both clinton campaigns, dad has strong opinions, etc. started really paying attention during the ‘00 election, been politically active since 10th grade and the start of the iraq war
as whacko jacko as the post-bush rise of the tea party years have been, i was around during the ari fleischer, trent lott, karl rove years, back when anyone still gave a shit what bill o’reilly had to say.
point is, it takes a lot to shock me. it takes more than just racist, sexist, generally -phobic bile, because under all the hate is usually at least a veneer of “compassionate” conservatism. they hate because they care. save the babies, save marriage. save the country, save your eternal soul.
that’s sentiment i can at least understand. as awful as it is, it’s a standpoint i can emotionally comprehend. it makes sense, we’ve all been guilty of it at least on a micro (and hopefully much less horrific) level, and it’s easy to sell. it sold both bush elections.
this wage debate, though
it’s a political marvel. we’re actually watching actual people actually talk about constituents like they’re subhuman. it’s not dressed up. no one’s made it more palatable, or coded it so that it’s easier for people who missed the wink-nudge to stomach
they’re just… there. on the news. talking about people who earn less than not poverty level, not out of voting patterns, but 31k like they’re expendable.
i don’t even have any thoughtful commentary to round this out, i’m just flabbergasted y’all