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If you had asked me before the pandemic, I probably would have talked a lot about the tax cuts, deregulation, even immigration, the pandemic swept up the country and defined what was going on. And so by definition, everything Julian Zelizer has done this year will be elevated beyond anything in the first three years.
If the late 1960s is basis for comparison, things could get worse. The turmoil of the late 1960s didn't end with things becoming calmer, but the fault lines only intensified, in many ways we have been red hot ever since. Sometimes red hot moments such as this don't fizzle but generate a foundation for future political battles. I think that's the case right now, especially since there are institutions such as the partisan media that will continue to fuel the flames...
It's hard to imagine the commitment to this fantasy simply falling away of its own accord — certainly not when President Trump is fueling it every day, it's possible that the Fox News brass eventually will get people like Sean Hannity to acknowledge reality after January 20th. But I wouldn't bet on it. And those who work for fringier outlets will never drop this, at least not until something even more compelling comes along. So, unfortunately, you have millions of Americans thoroughly convinced — forever — that Biden is an illegitimate president. Maybe they don't take to the streets over it but that's still a very destructive force in our society and politics. It's really distressing to contemplate but at the moment, I don't know of any way out.
I haven't seen anything like this, there have obviously been presidents who criticize the press and try to limit their access. Almost every president had some kind of tension with the press and some like Richard Nixon create their own enemies list. FDR used fireside chats as a way to control his message around conservative newspaper publishers. But now we are in a whole different ballgame.
A good economy can create expectations for social movement politics, in the 1960s, the strong economy gave support to civil rights movement, with demands that African Americans be included in the growing middle class ; it produced more educated young people who were the heart of movement politics with the war ; and it gave support to ideas like fighting poverty, since the country could afford to do so.
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