“We’re in a giant car heading toward a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.”
Little known fact about American politics: All you really need to do is show up and vote every two years. The rest is distracting bullshit.
While staying informed is crucial, the non-stop emotionally manipulative 24/7 news/opinutainment cycle is psychologically toxic and counterproductive, and it is perfectly acceptable to just ignore it all.
If everyone who cared actually voted, the progressive majority would decimate the barbarian agenda in a few short years. The debate would become about moderate progress vs. radical progress as opposed to mixed-bag sellout progress vs. teabagging insanity, and the potential for deeper systemic change and transparency would increase.
Voting strategically for the superior political party is fine, but have no illusions about the circus. The change the world needs will come about through awareness, direct action activism, and most importantly, how individuals choose to live their own lives on a daily basis. Cheering for a team is a distraction, a sport.