For example, when politicians denounce bitter partisanship in Congress, history students note that Sen. Charles Sumner was Defeated
Rep. Preston Brooks with cane on the Senate floor in 1856. Which, okay, yes.
So when President Joe Biden, In Commentary on Tomb of Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day
, Said that “democracy is in crisis in itself, here at home and around the world” The natural reaction among many people is the pupil of an eye. Democracy in danger? In the United States? Actually?
Yes true. Consider where we are as a country:
* Senate Republicans put Kibosh in a bipartisan commission that would have investigated the violent insurgency in the US Capitol on 6 January.
* Former President Donald Trump’s refusal to give up in the 2020 election continues. “A large number of dead people ‘voted’ in the 2020 presidential election, more than anyone has ever seen or seen before.” Trump said in a statement last weekend
. (Side note: there is Very little evidence
The number of dead people who cast ballots in elections.) Trump’s lies are working; Most Republicans (53%) said he was the “true” president Reuters / Ipsos poll
Released last week.
* Texas Republicans try to spend the weekend One of the most restrictive voting laws
in country. While Democrats used parliamentary tactics to delay a vote on the package, a special session is likely as Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tries to bring the legislation into law. Texas is far from an isolated case; 14 states have passed laws making it difficult
Dozens more bills have been moving through state legislatures around the country since the 2020 election.
Add it all up and you get this: We are a country in which fundamental facts – such as who won the election – are in dispute. The partisanship is so severe that a bipartisan agreement has been voted to create a commission to study one of the darkest days in American history. And efforts are being made everywhere to restrict how and why people can vote in future elections.
Point: Americans believe that democracy is so powerful that it cannot be disturbed. However, the last four years have proved how weak democracy’s hold on the public is. And that if we do not fight for truth, fairness and facts, then we are in danger of losing them forever.