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Dupes of Our Hopes

Biden built his whole platform on not being Trump and the continuing pandemic. Now, with Trump securely out of office and with no end to the pandemic in sight, the Biden administration has all but disappeared in terms of accountability toward the rest.

Besides an earth-shattering 50 executive orders passed as quickly as he was sworn in, the daily life of everyday Americans hasn't changed much.

In addition to the nearly permanent seeming increase to food delivery service revenue, it appears that we just can't get enough of the propaganda either.

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But do we want it to change? For every step toward life as normal we must take 3 steps back as the disease again rears its ugly head, a bigger, stronger version that absolutely everyone saw coming, reminding Americans how comfortable we've become on our steady diet of increased unemployment, child credits, and manufactured outrage.

Man can't live by bread alone, right? In addition to the nearly permanent seeming increase to food delivery service revenue, it appears that we just can't get enough of the propaganda either. After 4 years of Trump, Americans can't just go back to their previous dosage levels of politics inserted into their daily lives: they can't live without it, and, so it seems, neither can the media.

The ratings were too high, the money too good to go back now. So, off again we go, still arguing about how much lives matter and when exactly they start to matter, as though values really are as diametrically opposed as this 2-party rubric has primed us into believing.

Selene Young

At least there is one major, concrete difference between Biden and Trump: when all our supposed freedoms have been lost and we've sunk into a depression enforced by a military police state, at least the ride will have been comfortable… instead of eyes wide open and terrified.

Selene Young