“My hope is that the tides will flip,” Obama stated of our present political second. “However that does require every of us to grasp that this experiment in democracy just isn’t self-executing. It does not occur simply robotically.”
Sure. Nailed it. Particularly this: “This experiment in democracy just isn’t self-executing. It does not occur simply robotically.”
If the final 4 years of Donald Trump within the White Home have taught us something, it ought to be this: Democracy is sturdy, sure, however it isn’t resistant to corruption and collapse. It requires care and upkeep — from all of us.
And in the meanwhile, it’s fairly clearly underneath assault by Trump and the forces aligned behind him.
Do not imagine me? Take into account what we have discovered over simply the previous couple of weeks:
* In late 2020 and early 2021, Trump chief of employees Mark Meadows repeatedly pressured the appearing lawyer common to open investigations right into a collection of ridiculous conspiracy theories concerning election fraud in hopes of discovering a approach for the incumbent to be declared the winner. Among the many conspiracies pushed by Meadows was one by which Italy is alleged to have used some form of expertise to vary votes solid for Trump into votes solid for Joe Biden.
* Trump seems to imagine that he may very well be reinstated to the workplace of the presidency as quickly as this summer time if audits and recounts — pushed by his most ardent supporters — in Georgia and Arizona by some means, uh, repay. As The Washington Submit wrote earlier this month:
“Trump has rebuffed calls from some advisers to drop the matter, as an alternative fixating on an ongoing Republican-commissioned audit in Arizona and plotting easy methods to safe election evaluations in different states, corresponding to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Georgia, based on advisers. He’s most animated by the efforts in Fulton County, Ga., and Maricopa County, Ariz., based on two advisers who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the situation of anonymity to explain non-public conversations.”
*The Republican-controlled Texas legislature pushed one of the restrictive “election safety” payments within the nation, a part of a broader effort by Republicans on the state stage to make it harder to vote. Whereas the Texas transfer was blocked by Democrats, a particular session is probably going within the state as a way to pressure passage. In the meantime, 14 different states have handed so-called “election safety” measures because the 2020 election, with dozens extra payments working their approach by way of state legislatures.
* A latest Reuters/Ipsos nationwide ballot confirmed that 53% of Republicans within the ballot stated that Donald Trump was the “true” president, whereas 47% stated Joe Biden, who’s the precise president, is. It additionally revealed that 6 in 10 GOPers both “strongly” (39%) or “considerably” (22%) agreed with the assertion that the 2020 election “was stolen from Donald Trump.” (Sidenote: There may be ZERO proof of any widespread voter fraud within the 2020 election.)
And did I point out that Michael Flynn, who served (briefly) as nationwide safety adviser to Trump, appeared to endorse a Myanmar-style coup final weekend? (He later insisted he was not, actually, endorsing a coup. However the truth there was a misunderstanding about it in any respect is, nicely, regarding.)
The proof is actually all over the place you look.
Selecting to disregard it — or to imagine that now that Trump is not president anymore that issues will return to “regular” — performs immediately into the arms of those that are even now actively working to undermine our democracy.
Consider American democracy like a wedding. You must actively work to make it wholesome and practical. Neglect these fundamentals — or ignore the forces looking for to drag it aside — and by the point you lastly understand or admit you have got an issue, it is likely to be too late to repair.
That prospect ought to scare each American — regardless of your get together affiliation. That it does not suggests we’re already in some actual bother.