Bravo. You've consolidated in one article all the points that conservative commentators such as myself spend hours trying to get liberals to listen to and understand.

Ah, where to start.

1) The soul of conservativism is captured when you say "they realize it's easier to break things than to build things." Perfect. I'd add that the lessons of history teach that when change comes too fast, or without consensus of a majority, things get broken.

2) From the very beginning of Trump, our response to all the sky-is-falling predictions has been "trust the system." It's plainly obvious that the system is stronger than any individual politician trying to break it. Most of what the left was afraid of, we knew that Trump was *unable* to do, even if willing. (The same comment, btw, applies to the appointment of Amy Barrett to the SCOTUS.)

3) It's worth adding by reference the excellent article by Caitlin Johnstone, where she argues that removing Trump will not return things to normal, because in essence, Trump is a very "normal" US president in terms of policy advancement. She is not making the "trust the system" argument as much as she's making the "both parties are the same" argument, but it is still relevant.

4) Conservatives, for all our faults, also trust the economic market more than we trust the government. Why? Because the behavior of corporations and business is predictable (they all want to increase profits) and what is predictable can be harnessed and managed. Politicians, however, who make up the government, are not so predictable, are often bought by the highest bidder, and are often beholden to donors. So, we do not put our faith in them nearly as much.

5) History, even our recent history, is replete with examples of (1) above. In the early 90's, the Dems pushed through a luxury tax, to be paid on items of high value, such as expensive cars and yachts. It brought in virtually no additional money to Treasury of consequence, but in the process put many high end auto dealerships out of business, as well as destroyed the domestic yacht-building business. The dealerships came back, the yachts never did.

6) Point made on the terms "Nazi" and "Fascist". The buttercups who through their Blue Check masters throw those terms around while safely sitting behind their keyboards sipping a latte would run screaming from the room if they ever had to deal with a REAL Nazi, of which no conservative would ever be. (And no, that's not a "no true Scotsman" fallacy --- the proof point is that Nazis and fascists were and are enemies of free market capitalism, while conservatives decidedly are not.)

7) While we're on terminology, it's worth pointing out that the left has rendered the terms Nazi, Fascist, and Racist as meaningless. When conservatives are called those terms, they mean nothing to us, because we know that the accuser doesn't understand the terms.

8) It's worth mentioning that when the population is ideologically divided, our government is goes into stasis *by design*. To your point, the reason why Washington can't get things done (be it Trump or be it Obama in charge) is because Americans disagree fundamentally on what should be done, so the government ends up doing nothing.

This is a feature, not a bug.

9) And, yes, you're right, when you tangentially refer to what the real problem will be going forward into the future, which is now that you have a media which is unashamed to demonstrate what the last generation of journalists viewed as verboten --- reporting what is in favor or yours or your employer's politics, and ignoring stories which do not fit a preferred narrative. You rock, Glenn Greenwald.

All said, yes, your conclusions you make under the final photo are accurate. Whoever wins, we will be fine. If Trump wins, there will be more nibbling along the margins which progressives do not approve, but nothing major will happen. If Biden wins, there will be some nibbling along the margins of which conservatives do not approve, but nothing major. The 100 day items the Dems are speaking of (Beefing the ACA, infrastructure, COVID, some extra taxes on the upper brackets) do not fall into the "OMG WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE SOCIALISTS" category.

Great article. Sorry I rambled. :-)

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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