Let me try again, without the hyperbole, because I know it's not helpful. Let's just look at voter rights. Slowly, but surely, we went from a country where only white, land owning men could vote to where we are today, where theoretically everyone can vote. There was some struggling here and there, and there's still some struggles now, but we're in a much better place than we used to be and a large number of us understand we still have a ways to go in regards too gerrymandering, voter supression, etc. Just because some people in some state were able to pull off some shifty maneuvers, it doesn't mean the world has gone backwards.
If we took this a step further, we're now fighting for more granular rights for smaller groups of minorities. Do you think Trans Rights were a huge talking point in the '60s and '70s? Here we are now though, fighting for their rights because for the most part, the rights of minorities and women are pretty much one. Now we just gotta work on keeping them.
This same logic applies to education, workers rights (though that's a terrifying realm right now), the environment, health, etc. A lot of these things are hard to lose once we have them. For example, for every vaccine denier you hear about, there's hundreds of people still giving their kids vaccines cause they know they're good and right. For every dumb proposal or law that is passed, there are organizations like the ACLU, EFF, and even our own courts to try and keep things in check.
When we start to fall back too hard, too far, too fast, there's a counter response. Millions of women recently got together for their rights. Around the country town halls are being filled with people with real concerns about their healthcare, the environment, and other issues. I think I read somewhere there's a sum of about 1,000 scientists in America considering running for government positions. These times are far from normal, you're right. If they were, we wouldn't be seeing these reactions from people.