To be clear, I find the current SCOTUS bench troubling, not least of which is of course is due to a near perfect storm of timing and GOP-employed shenanigans that enabled a president with one of the lowest approval ratings in history - representing a party having lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections - to grant lifetime appointment to three of its nine justices. And now it's been made plainly obvious to any (non far right) doubters there may have been that this bench is going to set the country's legislative progression back decades.
That all said, i find your continued condescending tone counterproductive. You realize of course that the accusations you levy upon the electorate and political opponents can easily be turned back upon you, thus making your challenge of being proven 'wrong' on them rather disingenuous.
Societal ignorance/disconnect? That's been a fault of the Dems for decades. Self-centered goals/greed (in a capitalist economy, no less)? Another one the right has no problem assigning - and not without some merit - to the left as well. Middle America is not going to find tonal balance with liberal politicians, made wealthy through years in public office, preaching about knowing economic difficulties in the midst of skyrocketing inflation and spending bills. They're not going to have a lot of time for young, idealistic progressives who speak of lofty goals that aid the environment and lowest classes, but lack a tangible path in getting there. And authoritarianism? Apparently you've forgotten the cries from the right over mask mandates, vaccine registration cards, health care for all, etc.
While an independent, I'm more progressive in my ideology, so I don't necessarily disagree with your political views - in fact, most of the time they align. Beyond that, though, I respect them as well-reasoned. And I think you've got a few years on me, so I also respect your right to be a little more cantankerous in telling us kids to get off your lawn with respect to this arena. But when I read things like your quote above and this...
...it frustrates me. I have to navigate these political waters as well. And I've been navigating some rapids the past year or so in a very red area of a red state I chose to relocate to in order to better take care of some (also red) family. Having rational, productive discourse over substantive matters can be mind-numbing. But ultimately it has to happen. And while you continue to blame the apathetic electorate, members of that electorate rose up in 2020 in the middle of a pandemic to post some of the largest voter turnout increases in history en route to showing the off-his-rocker leader of the MAGA movement the door.
Much more needs to be done, of course, but I also think equal onus falls on the shoulders of our political leaders to... I don't know... lead. Hold members of their respective party accountable and give the electorate something worth believing in. Some won't be reached. But the ennui of others, I'd argue, stems from the convoluted mess Washington has become (with, yes, supporting credit given to Fox News, social media, and any collective laziness by those to look beyond either). But whatever your personal beliefs, simply stating society is well on its way to getting the governance it deserves to me just smacks of elitism, and furthers a divide that needs no help in its expansion.