I did this a year ago, because I wanted to know if the widely held belief that conversation has declined on A.net is true. There’s definitely a change in tone post- 9/11. Pre 9/11 A.net was a different place and enjoyed less division and heated political debates. I think one of the far reaching consequences of 9/11 is the absolutely insane political climate we’re living in now. Bush’s decision to go to war was initially supported on both side of the aisle, but it all faded and somehow people against the war became faux patriots and America haters. It’s gone downhill since then. Mix all of that with the first black president and gay marriage and people’s heads exploded.
As I wrote earlier, I feel the administration of the day was predisposed to some sort of action, and often wondered what would have happened had the chad swung a different way than it did in Florida in the 2000 election.
Also a sign of the pre-9/11 times is that Al Gore did not drag out the hanging chad drama, thinking it would be best for the nation.
I can't picture any current politician doing such, and in some regard, kinda wish Gore had fought on so we could have had a big push for uniform voting technology in the US.
The tech my town used at the time of the 2000 election and still uses is the scanned sheet with magic marker approach which has so many advantages over technologies that have preceded and succeeded it.
The way the US approaches voting is an absolute joke, and still has the strong stench of gamesmanship and disenfranchisement to it.
The fact that we tolerate it is another sign of the times.
The way the current Senate has abandoned the super majority for Supreme Court nominations also has undermined the moral authority of the Supreme Court so it's not clear its decisions would be as respected in the current climate.
We will now live by the precedents laid down by the Cheeto Benito and his cabal, lord help us.