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.


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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