Call me naive, but I believe Americans do care about how their votes will impact the real world in real ways. I believe our higher faculties can still inform our choices. Emphasizing negatives, triggering crowd panic, playing to outrage, and going low is a wholesale abandonment of democratic values.
It is. But honestly these tactics have been successfully used for centuries fear and manipulation over rational thought…it’s not a new shift. It’s an old play. You’re asking political strategists to try something relatively new while being ravaged with something old and dark but highly effective. Looks like it’s a play the Dems don’t want to risk taking at this juncture…honestly, I can’t blame them. But I hear you…this really sucks for democracy…but you have to be realistic and admit we do not currently have a functioning democracy. We just don’t.