At the other side of well-being debate Democrats promote their vision of fairness.
“They are rather skeptical that there is a linear relationship between individual effort, ability and reward and feel that a major function of government is to make life fairer” (Freeman 334).
So, for example, the Democrats passed Obamacare and gave millions of people heath care, and yet tons of people who benefited from it have no idea what it is or how they benefited.
And it’s like that with a lot of policies — voters simply don’t connect the dots, and so they reward or punish the wrong party.
The logic of the essay was simple enough: The prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency was so positively ruinous that conservatives had no choice but to support Donald Trump — no matter how awful or incompetent he appeared to be. Until now, there was no left-wing equivalent to the “Flight 93” essay, no rallying cry that urged Democrats and liberals to do whatever is necessary to win.
But David Faris’s new book, , is the closest anyone has come so far.Republicans and Democrats may promote different views on abortion, military aggression, and same-sex marriages, but one thing is evident: the striving to dominate on the political arena will always serve the central political motive for both parties, regardless the specific political conditions in the U. In September 2016, an anonymous conservative writer published an essay called “The Flight 93 Election.” The title was a reference to the one hijacked flight on 9/11 that didn’t reach its destination because passengers overwhelmed the hijackers and brought the plane down.The War on Drugs is included into the set of political provisions which both parties follow and recognize as the essential components of their successful political performance. Democrats and Republicans unanimously oppose to tortures in prisons, and support the need to increase military budgets. Democrats do not accept the Republican view of unilateralism and military aggression.Neither of the two parties has ever expressed the desire to cut military expenses and to re-direct the released financial resources to support numerous social initiatives. The Democratic and the Republican parties will hardly find agreement on the issue of federalism and the limits of the federal power for states. “The doctrine of unilateralism says that the United States should use military force without any assistance from other nations whenever it believes there is a threat to its security or welfare” (Pillai).I definitely want to get into some of these structural barriers, but let’s be clear about this point you’re making.A lot of people still think there’s some meaningful connection between policy outcomes and voter decisions, but there’s a good bit of political science research to suggest that’s just a fantasy. People just don’t seem to make the connection between policies and the party in power.Since the ’90s, when Newt Gingrich took over Congress, we’ve seen a one-sided escalation in which Republicans exploit the vagueness or lack of clarity in the Constitution in order to press their advantage in a variety of arenas — from voter ID laws to gerrymandering to behavioral norms in the Congress and Senate.What the Republicans did to Merrick Garland was one of the most egregious examples I’ve ever seen. They essentially stole a seat on the Supreme Court — a swing seat, no less. They violated the norms that have allowed these institutions to function normally for years and years.So there are no policy changes that are going to reverse the overall trajectory that this society is on right now.We have to address some of the structural barriers to progressive power in this country, and we need to take those things as seriously as we do the policy fights within the party.