To be a better writer, I force myself to review right-wing media. Every day I go on Fox News, but also a rotating menu of rightwing sites. It’s very easy to live inside a bubble, but I can’t make arguments if I don’t know what the other side is thinking. It gives a glimpse into stories they focus on and how they rationalize their thinking.
That’s how I discovered this article on Red State, praising Bill Maher for his final “New Rules” before the election. Maher is known for his biting commentary, and he delivers, but has a conciliatory note that should be acknowledged.
I don’t always agree with Bill Maher, but I can’t deny his wit and intellect. He is not well-liked by the Left, but is utterly despised by the Right. Trump hates him, and even tried suing Maher because he always makes him look bad. Although to be fair, that’s not hard to do.
That’s why I was surprised to see Bill Maher featured positively on a rightwing blog, and even more surprised that it referenced a video I more or less agree with. The title of this segment is cleverly titled “Truce or Consequences.” He makes very valid points.
And finally, New Rule:
No matter which side wins on Tuesday, let’s skip the civil war and go right to reconciliation. Thirty-four percent of the voters believe there will be another Civil War within the next five years and I’d like to remind them of one thing:
America is a family and the definition of family is people who hate each other without resorting to violence.
There are no red states or blue states. They’re all like Mitch McConnell’s hands: some shade of purple.
We can’t have a second Civil War because the two sides aren’t neatly separated anymore, you see! The Mason-Dixon line would cut through states, cities, streets, even bedrooms.
We are amongst each other now, all swirled together and marbled in. There are 3.8 million Hillary voters in Texas and 4.5 million Trump voters in California. We can’t go to war.
My dry cleaner is behind enemy lines.
The time to split would have been around the Civil War, when our beliefs and differences were more geographically based. Nowadays, we separate ourselves by party identification, and you can’t divide that way. Fantasies about splitting the country are mostly that: fantasy. The other hope, that the other side will get “obliterated” or “owned,” won’t ever pan out either. There are too many of us, and too many of them. Yes, the Republicans are losing support and demographically are being slaughtered, but they are not going away anytime soon.
Even if they get walloped this election, they are too ingrained, have better infrastructure through years of being in power, and dominate most local and state elections. On the other hand, Democrats are only growing in power, so we aren’t going anywhere either.
Maher ends by trying to find a common ground we can both agree on: opposition to stealing. It’s in this segment he features a story written by Daily Kos’ own Laura Clawson. Take a look:
I’m very cautiously looking forward to Tuesday. I have no doubt that we will win if the election is fair, but I just wonder how far the GOP will try to go to steal. I simply can’t and won’t accept a stolen election where partisan Republican hacks in judges robes throw out hundreds of thousands of legitimately cast votes. But barring that, I would accept the results just as I would demand the other side do for President Biden. After all, a President Joe Biden will have had the honor of winning the Electoral College as well as the popular vote!
The problems we had won’t be solved after this election is over. The Red team will likely do what we did in 2016: get angry and get organized, and try to crawl back in two years. The GOP is terrible at everything but one thing: winning elections. We are both here to stay, so we had better find a way to live together. As Maher points out, we have to.
No other country will take us.
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