I know there is lots of speculation about the direction of this country now and in the future.
First of all…”Illiberal”…against liberal principles(that is the political philosophy not some political party)…..
Personally I feel that this nation is approaching this tipping point for it has already begun….
Consider the following:
- A coordinated mobilization of armed militias threatens elected officials in Democratic states, with open White House backing;
- The most powerful member of the national legislature interferes in judicial appointments to gain his party permanent dominance over this branch of government;
- A top official who has admitted his guilt in a major breach of national security is released from prosecution by the nation’s chief judicial officer.
The biggest threat to our republic is the loss of an independent judiciary…….
For good reason, many people will snort at the notion that the U.S. has ever lived up to the core premises of liberal democracy: the rule of law applied equally to all citizens; majority rule through free and fair elections. As the author of “Why the United States is Not a True Democracy, Parts 1 and 2,” I can hardly disagree! Majorities do not rule in this country. Basic citizenship rights, whether the right to vote or to be secure in one’s own person, are routinely violated by local and state governments.
But it could get much worse if Trump wins again. In a second Trump administration, with Republicans controlling the Senate and the federal court system, it is more than possible that the U.S. will move sharply towards illiberal democracy.
And there is a way to fight this possible coming storm….but not as long as the people are too goddamn lazy to look beyond their news organization….those the echo their biases and hatreds.
Look beyond the “divide and conquer” mentality of ignorance.
It is hard to see the signal amid the noise in the best of times, but the everyday chatter is especially difficult to comprehend in times of war, disaster, and infectious outbreak. Imagine a game of broken telephone with billions of speed-of-light internet connections – chances are the message will look nothing like the original at the other end, touched up by systemic misfirings and our own bias. But can we separate truth from pixie dust, fact from fiction? Can any of us agree if the sky is or is not falling?
But not to worry there are some Americans that want this so they can discriminate…..
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”