Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/28/trumps-damage-us-elections-could-be-long-term
The author is entirely too bought into the trope that the USA is a democracy.
For virtually every American that voted in this last election who might believe “democracy prevailed” there a voter that went for Trump who is certain that Trump was cheated.
While “democracy” might have won in getting Trump out of office it failed in the nominating process when both in 2016 and 2020 Sanders was cheated out of the nomination by the very un-democratic institution called the Democratic party.
There a litany of things the American people are in overwhelming favor of such as medicare for all. In fact some 80 percent of the people that voted for Biden support this. Biden has indicated it off the table. That is hardly a Democracy.
The USA is an Oligarchy. It as democratic as the board voting for their next CEO at some stockholders meeting and ensuring it the person that always owns the most shares.
The damage to US elections goes way back. Jill Stein being handcuffed to a chair and forbidden to speak is only one example.
The guy showing his political IQ with his finger says everything you need to know about Donald Trump’s hate filled presidency.
Trump early in the morning of Wednesday Nov. 4th saying: “stop the vote, I won” disqualified him from being president–even for the remaining weeks of his first term, and even if he’d honestly won a second term.
His supporters who claim DJT’s re-election was stolen never confront the lack of evidence for that assertion, instead citing rumors and conflations as verified fact. Furthermore, none of them have anything to say about vote theft in Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania “electing” Trump in 2016.
Many of these same Trump supporters push lies about Obama’s birthplace and separate lies about the Iraq war. Ironically, they’re also in most cases defenders of big banks and no strings corporate welfare.
Democracy is the ultimate lie being used by virtually every politician.
Perhaps in 100 years or so if humans survive the impending doom they’ve created from Climate Change, Industrial poisoning of our land, air and waters, and blind loyalty to corrupt politicians, perhaps then, after they crawl out of their caves, they can begin to utilize a greater portion of their brains.
Let’s not forget the theft of the 2000 presidential election. Oh, and the theft of the 2004 presidential election. Both Ohio and New Mexico were flipped to W in 2004.
This article is a perfect example of the deep indoctrination that exists in the US population, which starts with its own academia. It’s unquestionable premise is that the US is a democracy, which is factually incorrect. US, an empire state, is a militaristic oligarchy, and has been so since its birth…and it is an oligarchy with several consistent and well defined fascistic elements built into it. This election, which he focuses in, as all others before it, started with the pre-selection of the candidates by 0.02% of the population, and the difference between these candidates (in Arundhati Roy’s metaphor), is that between two types of detergents.
The author, without any irony, concludes: “If Republican leadership continues to fail in its obligation to protect democracy, the judgment of history will fall on its shoulders.”
I disagree. I think the one thing the mad king DIDN’T damage was faith in elections. If anything, I’d say that all his accusations of fraud being proven false has bolstered faith in the integrity of mail-in ballots. Now the Democrats need to put their money where their mouths are and honor the will of the people who put so many progressives in office.
Now what we need is a rewrite of the constitution, which was written by men who gave lip service to something they called “democracy” but who never really believed in it. Or rather, didn’t trust it. First, eliminate the electoral college. Second, make voting an actual right of citizenship that can’t be taken away for any reason by the states. Third, get rid of the “lame duck” period. Inauguration of the new president should take place the day after the election is called.
"While “democracy” might have won in getting Trump out of office it failed in the nominating process when both in 2016 and 2020 Sanders was cheated out of the nomination by the very un-democratic institution called the Democratic party.
“There a litany of things the American people are in overwhelming favor of such as medicare for all. In fact some 80 percent of the people that voted for Biden support this. Biden has indicated it off the table. That is hardly a Democracy.”
Yes. The ruling right liberal bloc of the US’s Democratic Party is anti-democratic.
It refuses to represent the political will of majorities that it declares ‘must’ vote for it to stop Republicans.
Primary a right liberal Democratic officeholder? No money from the Party.
Going further, the Democratic Party anti-Democratically seeks to suppress free speech: even advocacy of M4A support will harm Democratic candidates, it alleges without evidence.
As I have argued many times, this anti-Democratic refusal of representation has undermined liberal democracy and partly caused the rise of the Trumpian Republican Party:
Non-represented liberals and swing voters stay home; and a near-half of excluded and ridiculed left-of-liberal Democratic voters (43% of the Democratic electorate voted for Sanders in 2016) vote Democrat - but do NOT form the activist Democratic wave that they would had Sanders been nominated.
Yep. The only catch is we would need to amend the constitution and, if you watch FOX, they are all in on legislatures appointing separate electors under the current one. Millions of people are hearing that daily now.
In the environment that has evolved politically over the last twenty five years, the question arises how our two groups can live together as the “United” States? What is the common ground of agreement? Where are the area’s of compromise?
If Trump prevails in the challenges to the alleged fraud, the Democrats will say the election was stolen. The Republicans are already saying the same.
If there are questions regarding the legitimacy of the elections, shouldn’t Progressive’s support the inquiry’s to confirm that Biden is the true and honest winner?
I’ll ask the question again, if we can not live peacefully, united as citizens of our country, is it not time for a peaceful separation? If we do not separate peacefully, are we not looking at a bloody civil war? Deaths on both sides are starting to add up.