Our Unrepresentative Anti-Democracy

Garrett Snedaker
6 min readJun 18, 2021

There are essentially two camps within each major political party in the US. Each camp’s influence on policy is disproportionate to their support among the populace. This is largely on account of the US having an increasingly anti-majoritarian political system corrupted by wealthy interests.

On the Republican side, there are terrible people in denial about the lack of support for what is sometimes called traditional conservatism and terrible people who are either genuinely mentally disturbed or willing to play the part because it’s become politically expedient. In other words, the two camps don’t differ in any substantial way when it comes to supporting atrocious policy. Let’s call the two groups Camp Denial and Camp Q.

Camp Denial consists of anti-Trump Republicans such as Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and Adam Kinzinger. These are folks who get a lot of attention and praise for opposing the most egregious actions and statements made by members of the other Republican camp, while consistently and consciously supporting policies that cause immense harm to people and planet. Allow me to repeat: they knowingly promote and vote for policies that cause great harm. Whether they justify doing so by believing in various stereotypes about “the other” or they just flat-out support evil (looking at you, Mitch McConnell) is of no real importance. The fact is they unequivocally cause incredible suffering. So, if you’re one who lavishes praise on any of these anti-Trump Republicans, stop. Just stop.

Camp Denial refuses to accept that the rise of Trump was made possible by half a century of increasingly cruel, unhinged rhetoric and policy. They worship at the altar of Saint Ronnie as if Reagan’s anti-government vitriol, dog whistling, repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and “voodoo economics” didn’t lay the groundwork for Saint Donnie. They are also in denial about how unpopular their ideology is. Convinced though they may be that they represent a silent, persecuted majority, their base is nowhere close to being the majority and is anything but silent. Liz Cheney gets more than 60 percent of the 200,000 to 250,000 Wyoming votes and may conclude that her vision has nationwide appeal, but plenty of surveys say otherwise. Now, it should be pointed out that the likes of Cheney must not be in complete denial about being severely outnumbered, or else they wouldn’t be so supportive of obscene voter suppression efforts.

--

--

Garrett Snedaker

Poet and essayist living on the left coast of a nation in decline.