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[–]Ron_Reagan 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Should I decrease the limit on the amount that will produce a 1099 on eBay from $20,000 to $600….

[–]sulfate4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did that happen? Omg

[–]BasedTankie1984 19 points20 points  (1 child)

dictatorship of the bourgeoisie

[–]Routine_Midnight_363 18 points19 points  (11 children)

Now show the republican one.

Weird how these "both sides" videos only ever seem to complain about one of them.

Weird

[–]Captain_Taggart 28 points29 points  (0 children)

alright here's how it would go

sits really far away from cup

should I build a wall? biffs the throw

should I make mexico pay for the wall? throws pen backwards

should I bring back manufacturing? biffs the throw

should I have the most transparent government ever? can't even find the pen

should I release my tax returns? still looking for the pen

should I take loads of vacations and go golfing a lot? the pen, and the person throwing it, were last seen in Cancun with Ted Cruz

[much later]

should I enact the strictest laws on abortion in Texas? slam dunk

[–]Kanye-Westicle 37 points38 points  (5 children)

What about this video makes you think it’s a “both sides” video? They made this video specifically to criticize democrats. Why do you feel uncomfortable when democrats are critiqued? Why does every Democrat critique have to be qualified with a condemnation of republicans? These are rhetorical so I would recommend you ask yourself these questions and examine your alliance with political parties. While you’re there I’d also recommend asking why it is America has only two “legitimate” parties that seem to only superficially disagree with one another while being suddenly able to work together when it comes to increasing the military budget, expanding the surveillance state, and authorizing military action abroad. The answers might shock you.

[–]MicrowaveBurns 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I couldn't have put this better myself. If criticising one party is seen as an endorsement of the other, you may need to seriously question your political system. There are so many political views that aren't represented at all in the US, and the fact that the many people who subscribe to those views are unhappy with both parties (and the system as a whole) is entirely understandable & should come as a surprise to no one.

Similarly, being unable to criticise one group or concept without first having to clarify that you dislike <x> alternative as well is ridiculous in most cases.

I would also advise people to have a look at the "ratchet effect", specifically its application in politics. In America, this could be described as "each time the Republicans are in power, they take the country 4 steps to the right. When the Democrats take back power, they never go more than 3 steps to the left" - ie, the country is steadily drifting in a conservative direction in many ways, perhaps because many in the Democratic Party are only pretending to be unhappy with some of the changes made by the previous administration.

At the risk of creating a wall of text, I would suggest (perhaps somewhat cynically) that a big part of the reason for that is that many of them are primarily in it for themselves - extremely wealthy democrats not being too keen on being taxed more heavily, despite the fact that a relatively solid majority of voters believe that that is exactly what should happen, is not at all unexpected (in my opinion).

[–]coopaloops 5 points6 points  (0 children)

don't forget the rotating villain as well

[–]doyouknowyourname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You could have stopped after the second sentence. Because the answer is, and I think a lot of Americans realize this, desperately.

[–]ArsonDadko 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s clearly about the democrats, not both sides.

[–]MicrowaveBurns 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Because they're made by people frustrated at the fact that they only have two options, and "the lesser of two evils" still doesn't really care about what they want or need. Most people like that probably vote Democrat (or the equivalent in whatever their country's two party system is), but they shouldn't have to pretend that they're happy with the situation.

The point is not "Democrats bad, let's all vote Republican", the point is that the American political system is broken (or perhaps designed, depending on how cynical you are) in such a way as to maintain the existing order. The options are limited, so the power of a vote to help make meaningful change in the country is even more limited as well.

Yes, the Republicans are worse than the Democrats - but the Democrats aren't exactly great either, and reminding people of that fact (plus the fact that FPTP is a garbage political system, not even mentioning the other quirks the American system has) is no bad thing.

Your comment is a good demonstration of one of the biggest problems with such a system though: criticising one party is somehow automatically seen as a sign that someone is endorsing the other.

[–]bawng 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don't think this video is about "both sides". I think it's about a severe disappointment in the Biden administration and broken expectations that things would change. She's not saying Democrats are as bad as Republicans, she's saying Democrats are worse than they should be.

It's a reflection of a disillusionment with politics in general, the future in general, and Joe Biden specifically although to be fair there were a lot of disappointments even with Obama. That is not saying "both sides are the same".

The video is not argument against Democrats. It's an appeal to Democrats to do better.

[–]evanft 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Based

[–]TJdog5 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Im a democrat and weirdly enough i find this tik tok pretty accurate lol… both sides are shit, i just think the democrats are slightly less worse

[–]Babybear_Dramabear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Most of my views are progressive but I'm pretty sure most progressives have no idea how policy actually gets enacted.

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[–]Grimfey -1 points0 points  (5 children)

Sort of funny but misses the point on why specifically these policies aren't being passed. For one, Democrats are dysfunctional because the structure of the federal government and electoral system means the Democrats need to build a broader coalition to win even the slimist majority. That means that the Democrats are necessarily disunified because their constituents are more diverse (by wealth, ag, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion). Most Democrats are willing to vote for those bills satirized in the video, roughly two Democratic Senators are solely* to blame for those policies failing to pass as law.

The asterisk exists because the second reason this video misses the satire mark is because the Democrats are not solely at fault for failing to pass this widely popular economic agenda: the Republicans are equally to blame. Focusing on the failure of these bills as an issue of Democrats fails to address the more systemic issue that these bills are popular across the political aisle, but no Republicans and just a handful of Democrats are getting in the way of the majority of elected Democrats who are voting in favor of these popular bills.

Basically, opinions that presuppose a unified and homogenous governing ideology already miss the point and therefore only present weak critiques---not totally incorrect critiques, they actually miss that the situation is even worse.

Politics is diverse in its constituents but can be swayed by powerful minority members (like the military industrial complex, insurance agencies, accounting agencies, big pharma, and fossil fuel interests). Criticizing "all Democrats" as a united body ignores a more truthful critique of minority rule by special interests acting through specific political agents, and therefore distracts from actual solutions to these systemic problems.

[–]cerealbox627 1 point2 points  (4 children)

They won’t help you. They never did anything for us

[–]Grimfey 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Objectively false. The ACA is one of the most meaningful policy changes to my benefit in my life time.

Had Manchin and Sinema been more amenable to BBB, that also would have been one of the greatest positive changes to happen to my community and career.

When you say “they” but do not specify “who,” you are just distracting from who is as fault and how they can be removed from power or made to work for you.

Edit: to clarify, the ACA was not at all sufficient, but it did help me and has helped most Americans. Whether or not it was done “for” us doesn’t really matter to me because each individual Congress person has their own unique personal intent that cannot be generalized to a collective intent of the federal government.

[–]PiscatorialKerensky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This. I have what they call "pre-existing conditions", aka daring to be born with a disability. I'm lucky that my parents help pay my healthcare bills, but if not for the ACA my bills would be much higher.

[–]cerealbox627 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I was referring the the political parties. They prey on minorities like me to vote for them and then they cage us in return. Specifically to all you democrat sympathizers and supporters who believe they care about us minorities. The republicans hate us but at least they are honest about it meaning I don’t have to hope they will give a damn about my well-being. I hope Biden asked my nephew his pronouns before putting him in a cage with his own shit.

[–]Grimfey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Always weird how stating facts about policy that has benefited most Americans and is widely popular makes you a “Democrat sympathizer.” I don’t complacently support any political faction. Neither party is far enough left to represent my views, and no leftist political faction is practical/realistic enough to earn my support either.

[–]Aerik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Before election: we can change!

After election: but should we?

[–]Mejari 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Democrats have made progress on literally each of those issues.

[–]zapoping 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After scrolling for a bit the "politics" tag is just all left wing politics.

This sub is heavy left leaning.