Parties change. Today's Republican Party is a grotesque deterioration of what it was not so long ago. That demonstrates that parties can get worse. But by the same token, they can also get better.
So my counsel -- that everyone should work to make sure that the absolutely crucial battle being fought out in the political arena is won by the better of our two options -- does not in any way signify complacency about the Party remaining just as it is.
I myself don't like the influence of Big Money on the Democrats. Nor especially do I like the weakness and blindness they've shown in the battle in these times.
But our choices must always take into account what our options truly are, and if we don't have an ideal option, we are called upon to choose the best of those we have. "A plague on both their houses" is clearly not the best options in these times.
5) In normal times, there could be a place for people who choose to hang out on the fringe, criticizing all the actors for their short-comings. In normal times, it could be an acceptable -- even a constructive -- role to take positions of purity and reject the requirements of practical realism. A society has need of voices in the wilderness that provide alternative visions and stand up for the ideal.
But these are not normal times.
Normal times might be described as times when the costs of having the worse of the possible outcomes are negligible. If what we had today was the Republican Party of, say, Dwight Eisenhower -- or perhaps even Ronald Reagan -- it would be acceptable to choose the path of general protest and of purity of vision. But that's not what the power on the right is nowadays.
Today the issues are whether our children and grandchildren will live in a society where the many are wholly dominated by the few, where truth is regularly defeated by the lie, where democracy is but a distant memory, and where the disruption of the climate system leads to a many-dimensional global disorder that degrades and endangers the lives of our children and grandchildren.
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