do you ever think about how most "institutions" of "american" "democracy" came about around the turn of the century or later?

like the secret ballot wasn't a thing until the 1890s, the criminal prohibition against vote buying was 1920s, government jobs were handed out to people who helped the ruling party until the 18 somethings. also a free and independent press? like most newspapers, since like, ever were incredibly partisan. like party newspapers were the jam.

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basically liberals look at the past 100 years, ignore everything before that and extrapolate incorrectly into the future

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oh yeah until the 70s primaries didn't matter and party officials just picked whoever

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