If you’ve done any computer programming or website posting in the last couple of decades, you know that WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get.” What you’ve written in code or in the draft mode will appear on the screen the way you see it when you click “Preview.” It’s helpful to know what it will look like when you finally click the Post button.
That’s pretty much what we’re seeing on the political scene now. Having seen clips from the CPAC show and the responses from the Republicans on how President Obama has handled everything from healthcare to Kiev to a weekend in Florida and who they’re choosing to run for national office in the various Senate races, not to mention the names being batted around to run for president in two years, we have a pretty good idea of what the landscape is going to look like when they click Post.
To paraphrase a meme from both the Democrats and the Republicans, if you like your current government, you can keep it.
So if you want to keep immigration reform from going through, if you want the minimum wage to stay where it is, if you want women’s reproductive rights and the control of their body to be continued to be chipped away, if you want voting rights to continue to be limited, if you don’t care if there’s a movement in the states to enact Jim Crow laws based on sexual orientation and “religious freedom,” if you want to keep denying that climate change is happening and the waves lapping up against Alton Road on Miami Beach is a result of both high tides and God’s plan, and if you think that it’s perfectly okay to filibuster a nominee for the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights because he defended civil rights, then go ahead, click Post.