A fable of disillusionment from (ironically) a deleted Reddit account.
Before Bernie Sanders, it was Ron Paul. Before Ron Paul, it was Dennis Kucinich. Before Dennis Kucinich, it was Howard Dean. Before Howard Dean, it was Ralph Nader. And so on and so forth back to Eugene McCarthy in 1968.
For nearly fifty years, middle-class white college ideologues have latched onto this candidate or that, firmly believing that their political awakening has miraculously coincided with discoveries of Great Truths that escape the Brainwashed Morons that make up the electorate (and which just happen to align perfectly with their own particular socioeconomic interests), and that this Great Man is going to be the one to take the country to the promised land.
And it’s always the same story.
Of course he is going to win. I like him, and I usually get the things I want. And he’s popular. I mean, everyone I know likes him, and I know all sorts of people at the university I chose because its student body matches my hometown’s income level, ethnicity, region, and politics. And everyone on the websites I visit likes him, and there are millions of people on the websites. (I visit these websites because their user base and content creators mostly match my own identity.) I literally don’t know anyone who supports his opponent. (I do not consider the previous statement to be indicative of my own limited viewpoint, but rather consider it damning to his opponent.)
And look, I voted for him on a bunch of online polls, and then deleted my cookies and switched IP addresses and voted for him again, and again, and again. And he’s totally dominating those polls. See. I knew he was winning. I’ll post about how he’s winning on some websites. And hey, everyone else on these websites is doing the same thing. I bet he’s winning. Of course he’s winning. How could anyone not support my candidate? His opponent is basically the same as a member of the other party! Actually their voting record is >90% identical to my candidate’s. But I don’t really know that much about either candidate. I didn’t really know who either were twelve months ago. But I’m super excited now!
The media isn’t reporting favorably on my candidate. They project he will lose. But they’re corrupt. They’re bought-and-paid-for. I don’t even read them any more. Nobody does. Time to show the world that their lies won’t work. Time for the primaries.
We lost. Fuck. I literally cannot comprehend how this might have happened. The media said this would happen. The media are a bunch of corrupt liars. I guess the system is just as corrupt as the media is. This is not a good story. This is not a good democracy. Fuck this entire fucking corrupt system. I participated but I didn’t get anything what the fuck fuck this noise fucking corrupt bastards and the goddamned cunt for brains sheep that vote for them the entire system is broken the parties are identical the democracy is a sham i’m never fucking voting again bunch of bought and paid for hypocrites fuck this fuck you fuck everything see now there are problems in the world YOU FUCKING DESERVE THE PROBLEMS YOU BASTARDS the people need to rise up BECAUSE THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN why even bother I AM NEVER VOTING AGAIN
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. ~ George Carlin
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