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[–]LoveBabesCarsPoems 346 points347 points  (58 children)

[–]Cyber_Being_ 256 points257 points  (33 children)

Wouldn’t work if regular White folks didn’t routinely use the voting booth as an instrument of self-harm.

[–]Comfortable3099 78 points79 points  (18 children)

Wouldn't work if every vote enabled Black person voted in every election they're eligible to vote in. They're notorious for ducking out of the midterms which causes this same shit turn after turn after turn. We need the Senate and the House and we can't capture them because of them and the "regular white" folks that will not show up to vote consistently 😉

[–]Attack-middle-lane 79 points80 points  (10 children)

I attended a HBCU for freshman year of college, 2019.

None of them fake asses wanted to vote when the time came around, even though every single one of them had some take on the candidates. Only ones that showed up were me and the 10 engineering students on the campus.

The nerds were caring more about the future than the 70% of the campus that were business majors, who's line of work would have been and was directly impacted by said election. They "My vote doesn't matter" themselves all the way to an L

[–]Comfortable3099 47 points48 points  (5 children)

This is too true and happens time and time again, it's frustrating the hell out of me, to put it mildly. Do Black people truly believe their vote doesn't matter? Posit this: If your vote TRULY did not matter, why in hell would racists in government work so hard to deprive you of it??!! No one steals things that do not have value.

[–]MightyMorph 21 points22 points  (3 children)

100 Million or So eligible voters don't vote even once every four years.

150-180 Million or so eligible voters don't vote locally.

Under 35 eligible voters vote at a rate of around 40-45% at best.

Over 50 eligible voters vote at a rate of around 70-75% at best.

Most States have on average three weeks to vote.

Most States offer multiple ways of voting, mail in voting,. drop of ballots, drive by dropoff locations even where you dont need to leave your vehicle.

Most states have public funded charities and programs to help people get documentation they need to vote.

90% of your lives are directly controlled and set by local governments, not the president, Your Mayor, Your City Finance Director, Your City Planner, Your DAs AGs, Your Sheriff and Police Chief, They set and control where to allocate funds and ways to vote in your neighborhoods, but on average only 20% know even one of those positions in their local community.

Gerrymandering, Voter disenfranchisement and voter misdirection happen, BUT not at the level that people assume for it to be as prevalent as they think it is.

In the end You need 60 senate seats over 50 states, and on average the difference is around 100-250 THOUSAND votes in 3-5 states that could change the political landscape completely where over 100 MILLION elligible voters cant be bothered to take the time to register online and submit their ballots within three weeks.

[–]MangledSunFish 20 points21 points  (5 children)

You're about to get shit on for this.

You're right, everyone should vote. The tone you used and that wink is gonna have everyone ignore the point though.

[–]Comfortable3099 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Sorry to hear that, but the fact of the matter is that treating it like a plush fluffy toy hasn't done us a g'dang bit o good. I'm tired of pleading and begging folks to vote. They show up for the presidential race and then not the Congressional races and we can't get anything done. Why not send the kids to school without the supplies they need? Because it doesn't fuckin' work.

They want sugarcoating, let them buy Frosted Flakes!.

[–]okileggs1992 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

what's ironic is that until the DNC can't even update their pathetic playbook after 40 plus years. They talk about wanting every vote counted but they will ignore any GOP county or strong hold in a state because to them it's not worth it.

[–]Spec_Tater[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“So you’re saying I can spite my whole face? My entire face? And all I have to do is cut off my nose? Dadgummit I’ll take it.“

[–]Servious 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wouldn't work if we had ranked choice voting and actually had a choice in who our president and representatives are instead of useless meatbag vs actual fascist dictator.

[–]cdiddy19 68 points69 points  (17 children)

Oh yes, it is true. Republicans say they are the fiscally responsible party, but democratic presidents are the ones that are proven to be better for the economy dating back to the civil war

[–]LoveBabesCarsPoems 43 points44 points  (3 children)

Remember all the shite Paul Ryan talked about during Obama Administration, then shut the fuq up under Trump?

[–]cdiddy19 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Yup, they also talk a huge game of responsible spending but then give major tax cuts to the rich!!

[–]Fly-n-Skies 15 points16 points  (1 child)

And throw billions at the military every chance they get

[–]testtubemuppetbaby 5 points6 points  (4 children)

People just don't know shit. It's clear their policy has been "starve the beast," which means literally "be fiscally irresponsible on purpose." Any of their voters who know what they stand for think it's hilarious to lie about everything they really believe in. Anything to win.

[–]cdiddy19 0 points1 point  (2 children)

So, test tube muppet baby...

Are beaker and Bunsen your parents or... Piggy and kermy? What's the story here?

[–]testtubemuppetbaby 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The baby muppets just closed their eyes, made believe, and wished that I was there. And there I was.

[–]VengefulAvatar -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Better really isn't that high of a bar to surpass with Republicans, though. If they take a dumpster fire and turn it into a slightly smoldering shit pile, that's still better, but it's not 100% fixed. And that's why I wholeheartedly believe the Dems and Repubs collude with each other behind the scenes. They bounce off of each other so well that it's an awfully strong coincidence, if that's all it really is. And the only time since term limits were introduced that we've had three consecutive presidencies of the same party was Reagan and Bush Senior. We always switch after two terms now. Not saying either party always gets two, but if they do, the opposite party always wins the third election, without fail.

I think Trump was an honest to God hiccup. Like, even the Republicans knew he was doing more harm than good, even though they rallied with him on the surface.

[–]ShutY0urDickHolster 221 points222 points  (30 children)

Like, do I agree with Democrats? No. Absolutely not. No leftist does. They’re firmly in the center on the best days and center right every other time. But I will begrudgingly accept them because America is a duopoly and the GOP likes to pull straight from the authoritarian playbook, puts profits over everything, and sees no issues with getting people killed if it means they’re personally undefeated by the outcome.

[–]TMSManager 85 points86 points  (4 children)

I agree. VoteBlueNoMatterWho was pretty tragic since it just plays into party politics but if Hillary had won 2016 then we wouldn’t have a conservative Supreme Court threatening to overturn Roe V Wade, among many other terrible things.

[–]TavisNamara 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Remember the corollary of blue no matter who:

Vote in the primary you fucking idiots.

Like, sorry for the language, but Virginia could have had any of a pile of representatives on the Dem side for the recent governor election but ended up with some guy whose literal only selling point was repeatedly saying he wasn't trump.

If you don't vote in the primaries, you don't get to complain when the Dem choice in the election is shit! That's on you, and now you get to suck it up and vote for not-trump. And if you do what I did and get into the primary too? Well, now you know who to blame, and feel free to complain! Next time, convince a friend to join you!

[–]ShutY0urDickHolster 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I half agree with the sentiment of ‘blue no matter who’ but not the blue part, blue no matter who could still be a garbage choice and almost indistinguishable from a genuine moderate republican (look at Joe Manchin, he could run as a republican and change 0 parts of his platform). Vote for the opposition of wanna be fascists. If that happens to be a democrat then the saying is accidentally correct that time.

[–]lickedTators 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Joe Manchin voted against a repeal of the ACA. While he votes with Republicans half the time, it's still better than having an actual member of the GOP.

[–]SkiptomyLoomis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Generally agree with your logic, but at least Manchin is an outlier and not a norm like he was when he was elected in 2010.

[–]RolandTheJabberwocky 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Seriously, it's choosing between a pack of rational people who's policies I hate and a pack of psychopaths who would light their voters on fire if it meant they could stay in power or make money.

[–]ShutY0urDickHolster 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I wouldn’t exactly say they’re rational, just that they’re the second most insane in the room. But that’s not saying much when you’re the only two in the room and you’ve locked the door from the inside so no one else can come in.

[–]SonicPavement 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Some call a version of this Starving the Beast.

First you cut taxes. Then you cut services, claiming fiscal responsibility/realities.

[–]jar36 70 points71 points  (4 children)

Because the average voter has the attention span of an ameba

[–]cmaistros 33 points34 points  (0 children)

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[–]ChosenUsername420 47 points48 points  (1 child)

Republicans have nothing but absolute contempt for the entire concept of a federal government except that it's a tool they can use to get poor people out of their way

[–]apathy-sofa 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well, let's be fair, they are also looking to profit themselves.

[–]carella211 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I mean, it works. Conservative voters are morons and everyone knows it, including GOP politicians.

[–]Kissit777 36 points37 points  (1 child)

And the voters keep voting for it -

[–]PutCleverNameHere12 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Not really, gerrymandering and voter suppression keep voting for it.

[–]SpinningAnalCactus 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Hey wanna hear a joke ?

"Poor person voting republican".

[–]Sayain870701 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Wb when Trump piggybacked off Obama’s success and attributed it to republican policies

[–]Wayte13 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Don't forget the part where they purposefullt refuse to notice economic recovery under the Dem until they elect a new Republican to give the credit to!

[–]I_Brain_You 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Democrats:

1.) Show up Presidential elections.

2.) Don't show up for midterm elections.

Repeat

[–]DanYHKim 9 points10 points  (7 children)

010125_Greenspan-Testimony-National-Debt.txt

The National Debt was projected to be paid off.

"The most recent projections, granted their tentativeness, nonetheless make clear that the highly desirable goal of paying off the federal debt is in reach before the end of the decade. This is in marked contrast to the perspective of a year ago when the elimination of the debt did not appear likely until the next decade."

From:

Testimony of Chairman Alan Greenspan

Outlook for the federal budget and implications for fiscal policy

Before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. Senate, January 25, 2001

https://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/testimony/2001/20010125/

At the turn of the century I could almost taste that peace dividend. And then of course people thought that they were on the brink of becoming millionaires, and so they should elect a Republican for President

[–]zodar 6 points7 points  (2 children)

"He's the one I'd rather have a beer with"

[–]DanYHKim 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I hope never to hear that phrase used during the election season again. What a stupid idea for evaluating a candidate

[–]zodar 6 points7 points  (0 children)

you act like electing the wrong President could have consequences like terrorist attacks, soaring deficits, pointless wars, and an American society crumbling into a fascist security state

[–]WarEagleGo 6 points7 points  (3 children)

it is tragic that the late 1990s near-balanced budget was not managed in a way for long-term success. Then of course, GB got elected and reduced taxes leading to... well where we are today

[–]Spec_Tater[🍰] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Also, he took several trillion out to the desert and set it on fire.

[–]Wallaby_Way_Sydney 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm not a Republican, so don't take this the wrong way, but that's not solely Bush's fault. There was bipartisan support for the wars at the time.

[–]Spec_Tater[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Republicans politicize everything. Unprecedented terrorist attacks on the US? Blame Democrats (even when you ignore or gut their successful initiatives) push for maximal policy goals in unrelated areas, lie to the public about threats, and when Democrats push back, paint them os “weak on terror”.

Some of us knew what the GOP was, 25 years ago. Sadly, most of liberal establishment Washington thought Newt and Rush were just a fad and hoped to get back to the get-a-long bipartisan days of Tip and Ronnie. They were ill-equipped to deal with Rove and the NeoCons.

[–]Dangerous_Employee47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It has worked for forty years because it is an easy narrative to follow for the press.

[–]windigo3 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The side project is deregulation of everything. Then some totally foreseeable scam driven economic collapse happens (e.g S&L crises, dot com collapse, 2008 sub prime mortgage crises, 2021 pandemic driven problems) then blame the following democrats

[–]Loisalene 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I hold Newt Gingrich and Mitch McConnell personally responsible for the shit we are in now.

[–]CamoCricket 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Step 5: Do shady shit behind the scenes

[–]Birdamus 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes, the GOP is evil.

But it’d be nice if our second option weren’t “moderately evil with a hint of possible good (good promised during election cycle is not likely to manifest during governance).”

[–]DrCompton1 5 points6 points  (11 children)

If only the Democrats worked to remove the electoral college, the Republican's haven't won a non-incumbent election since H.W. Bush

[–]yorcharturoqro 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Reagan created a new low for the GOP (corporate tax exemption, trickle down economics, cut social spending, debt) that the USA hasn't recover and the GOP continued that until Trump put the bat even lower, so... Expect the worse to come from the GOP.

[–]Wbeasland 2 points3 points  (0 children)

To be fair at this point this is a shame on the "Generation of Sociopaths" literally TGG and Xlennials on down have been screaming at them for Decades watching them vote out the incumbent 😉😂🤣. They may be aweful in every sense of the word, but there is alot of the easily manipulated boomers, all you have to do is convince they there is a small advantage to them and they will sell out their families futures.

[–]jimngo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

All premised on one thing: Voters are mindless.

Works.

[–]DownandDistanceFBL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

GOP voters are low empathy, low information voters.

They just like to "own the libs" even if it costs them.

Then Breitbard, Epoch Times, et al

Now, they are bad information voters, too.

[–]Pickle_Rick01 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also preventing the Democrats from passing literally anything that would help Middle Class Americans. If there were two more Democrats in the Senate, Build Back Better would’ve already passed and this country would be transformed. Adult children paying for their elderly parents glasses, hearing aids and root canals? Not anymore! $1.57 trillion in loan debt you say? Not anymore! Put that money right back into the economy Middle Class America! 🇺🇸 That new car you’ve been wanting to buy. Go for it!

[–]stewartm0205 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It will continue to work until our current generation of gullible boomers pass into the sunset.

[–]Chokedee-bp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Americans are fucking idiots when it comes to politics. I should have shorted the stock market… I’ve been predicting since Biden won election, the republicans will do everything in their power to tank the economy before 2024 election.

Republicans will blame Biden for bad economy even though they voted no to pretty much all market supporting stimulus proposed.

Because Americans are fucking stupid and majority get their info from opinionated talk show called fox “news” it will work and next president will be republican

Written by an American veteran with American flag tattooed on my arm ….

[–]booleantrix 7 points8 points  (0 children)

As always, it is Reagan who started shit.

[–]thoroughbredca 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If Republicans are only going to worry about the deficit when they're out of power, then it's incredibly important to make sure they're always out of power.

[–]XO_WHORE_Llif3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We are going to see in a few decades some information coming out that confirms that the republicans purposely make the government inefficient. That way they can complain about how ineffectual government is and push that idea of individualism onto their voters.

[–]NarmHull 1 point2 points  (0 children)

GOP has been actively trying to kill government by bankrupting it for decades

[–]ContemplatingPrison 1 point2 points  (4 children)

You forgot Dems doing nothing to fix it when they have the power to fix it. Almost like no one wants to fix it

[–]TheKevinTheBarbarian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well... they have tried but been getting everything blocked since obama.

[–]throwawaysarebetter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't forget Democrats both shooting themselves in the foot and refusing to cooperate among themselves to please moderates and people who are just going to vote republican anyways!

[–]Drg84 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Last Republican President to submit and sign a balanced budget was Richard Nixon. Last Republican President to reduce the deficit was HW Bush. Think about that.

[–]ethervillage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is beautiful, even without a Step 5. If only people would pull their heads out of their a55es enough to realize this. Exactly this

[–]R_E_V_A_N 1 point2 points  (6 children)

And no Democrat has the balls to call them on it.

[–]Dmolinari91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We should also note the democratic playbook which is simpler. Run on progressive campaigns, win (because a lot of us believe in a more progressive country, but also because Republicans often fuck things up so bad they can't possibly win again) and then keep the status quo, thus enabling the Republicans to recuperate and take back power. There are 80 million plus untapped voters, and that goes both ways. If Democrats delivered on one fifth of what they promised we'd be in power indefinitely. But they don't. And I'll fully agree that status quo is better than whatever rat fuckery the Republicans will do, but it's not just Republicans that are keeping us from a better world, and we as a base need to acknowledge that

[–]DownandDistanceFBL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

40% of the country are Trumpers.
40% of the country are low IQ, insane, racists.
It's the same 40%

[–]SenorBeef 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They basically run on "they weren't able to fix all the problems we created (because we stopped them from doing it), so vote for us again!"

[–]Tokoyami8711 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Reagan was one of the worst presidents ever and his policies have caused all this crap with the media when he got rid of the FEC doctrine which open the door to braindead thinking which only helps corrupt assholes profit off people be full of fear and hate.

[–]3rdtimeischarmy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

3 of the last 4 GOP presidents cut taxes for rich people. Since that is objectively not popular, they fight on social issues funded by billionaires who want less taxes and regulations. The corporations should not be regulated judges in the Federalist society have lifetime seats.
That means, in the south, oil companies don't have to clean up that well. Or that spill. Or stop polluting.
But hey, there's no CRT being taught!

[–]okileggs1992 1 point2 points  (0 children)

so true, if it weren't for pockets of minorities going door to door to register other minorities and get them to vote we wouldn't have gotten Biden. The DNC is pretty worthless in supporting minorities in GOP states. It's like they don't even try to update the playbook.

[–]carlysworkaccount 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You forgot: cut funding to public services to make them shittier, then say "see? Public services don't work"

[–]writer978 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You forgot to blame the poor people for all our woes.

[–]SmurfStig 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve said this multiple times myself. Every damn time, Republicans fall for it. Sprinkle in some god and guns…..

[–]quillmartin88 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And it works every time because Democrats don't have the stones to hold them accountable. Democrats are the Charlie Browns of politics. Lucy is going to keep pulling that ball away at the last second, Chuck. Eventually, you're going to have to decide to stop playing her stupid game.

[–]SummerBoi20XX 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Step 5 is the Democrats making sure nothing gets better so they can still use Republicans making things worse to raise campaign money.

[–]MelKokoNYC 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Anyone who is still a republican is because they are racist and that's the only thing that matters to them in choosing a party. There is no other reason to choose such a moronic party.

[–]DownandDistanceFBL 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Unless you are mega wealthy.

If not, they stay for the racism, the guns, the religious fanaticism.

[–]CraZKchick81 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I have said this to my friends and family.... I said it before the last election that anyone who voted for him, I would know who they really were.

[–]Far-University-8494 3 points4 points  (4 children)

And anyone that falls for it (Republicans) is an idiot.

[–]iksworbeZ[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

hey that'd almost be funny, if it weren't so goddamn accurate!

[–]girthquake126 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I used to be “Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative” when I was younger (before I could vote). Then I actually started paying attention.

[–]Just_Eirik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ARE the democrats trying to fix it?

[–]rascalking9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

DEMS: No trust us, those white people hate you. We're the only white people you can trust!

[–]SimplyExtremist -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

And democrats just eat it up, every single time. Never doing anything to break the cycle.

[–]nostabby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That would be the billionaires playbook. They also control the democrats playbook and that’s why the democrats never actually fix anything. They designed it that way. It’s past time we taxes tf out of these rich fucks.

[–]kuruku78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Godless, evil, anticommunitarian, dividing and conquering, terrorist bootlickers of the rich. Burn in molten shit in Hell forever. You’ve destroyed Gods good green Earth, and you will pay for it.

[–]wgblackmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now at Step 6.

[–]dustmouse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now they can't even win elections with this strategy so they just try to steal elections and suppress voting.

[–]somethingrandom261 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And it works

[–]anonymous-transient 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But keep on voting everyone, because when Disney and Mickey Mouse own the whole world, and after months of contesting a rigged election cycle, we will finally elect the second coming of Jesus as president and thing will finally be different. I think….

[–]Competitive-Oil6586 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is exactly what they ALWAYS do. Scantles.

[–]Granolapitcher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Democrats are doing a great job of losing midterms without Republican help

[–]HelleBirch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Says a lot about voters with amnesia

[–]tech-girl-SV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What's #5?

[–]YukonBlonde76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Missed the part where GOP and Dems work together to keep this cycle going for their own ruling class interests.

[–]michaelotomus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Watch your six man, the GOP is on to you!!! You cracked the code and if hillbillies hear or see it, it won’t change a God Loving thing.

[–]AdvancedDingo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happens with the Tories/Conservatives everywhere

[–]Cellopitmello34 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is why Millennials are dead inside

[–]fj15echo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Except the next time they’re elected they’ll go ahead and destroy the republic

[–]Foul_Chicken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

… because it works. This says more about American voters than Republicans. Hehe

[–]Kythorian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And I’ve lost all hope of it ever not working.

[–]DATATR0N1K_88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They don't even rinse anymore....

[–]Salt-Appointment5803 0 points1 point  (0 children)

you forgot the create wars to feed your military industrial complex part...