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North, the policies she's speaking about have two thirds majorities of the public, not the Dems. I'm not sure that affects your overall point, but yes, surely the way poll questions are worded shapes how people respond. None of the specific policis she includes are particularly surprising to me (though some of the granularity in the carbon rediction policies struck me as unreliable) since polls over many years have shown that conservatives support the same suite of policies.

No, we aren’t putting black people in concentration camps or anything remotely like it.

The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

#incarcerationcamps

I made the mistake of editing a post with a linky. Mod Gods, hear my plea!

Related: Trumwill linked to an essay written by a CU-Boulder student (go Buffs!) listing policy positions vafored by at least two thirds of the electorate which are not, and seemingly never will be enacted into law. It's a pretty amazing list. I'll see if I can find it.

Found it!

https://arcdigital.media/what-if-a-presidential-candidate-ran-on-what-most-americans-actually-wanted-bd570321b428

Here's one way to look at it: Democracy is sold as the idea that governmental policy is responsive to the citizens demands because we can elect people who'll enact the changes (or not) we, collectively, prefer. One trivial example of how this *doesn't* happen - and I say 'trivial' because the only thing at stake was signalling value - is the failure of the Dem Party to include legalizing pot in the offical party platform despite 83% of the voting base approving of it. The intransigence of the political PTB on that and other issues is, in my mind, indistinguishable from a totalitarian political system.

"But unlike a totalitarian regime, at least it's *possible* for voters to change policy."

"Why do you think totalitarian systems are incapable of changing policy?"

I'd tweak the question a little bit: What is Democracy's selling proposition to Americans? Can we answer that question clearly and univocally for our ownselves?