Towards the end of the Jan. 6 House committee hearing last week, former Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger, a former Marine, said the attack on the Capitol “emboldened our enemies by helping them deliver ammunition to launch a Nurturing the narrative that our system of government isn’t working that the United States is in decline. “China, the Putin regime in Russia, Tehran, they like to push such narratives – and besides, they’re wrong.”
but are they wrong? They definitely were. The US has defied doomsday predictions for more than two centuries. But as mutual fund ads say, past performance is no guarantee of future results. We must take seriously the possibility that the US could become a failed democracy, if only to avert that terrible fate.
These are the types of human rights violations that we would protest if they happened in other countries
There’s a good reason why 85 percent of respondents in a recent poll said the country is moving in the wrong direction. Of course, much of the gloom is due to the high inflation rate, which will ease over time. But there are more persistent problems, such as persistent racism and income inequality. That we have far more gun violence than other advanced democracies and yet fail to enforce sensible gun safety regulations (like a ban on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines) is a damning indictment of our democracy. So does our failure to do more to address climate change, even as temperatures rise. When we act, it often makes the situation worse, not better.
Unleashed by a right-wing Supreme Court, Republican lawmakers across the country are repealing or restricting abortion rights. This produces horror stories I never thought I would see in the US. A woman in Wisconsin bled more than 10 days after an incomplete miscarriage because medical workers failed to remove fetal tissue. A 10-year-old girl was raped in Ohio and had to travel to Indiana for an abortion.
These are the types of human rights violations that we would protest if they happened in other countries. We already live in a “backsliding” democracy, where voting rights are restricted and freedom is besieged.
The greatest threat comes from an increasingly authoritarian Republican Party whose supreme leader is an unimpeached and unrepentant coup plotter.
I used to be an optimist about America’s future. No longer
Despite the reverent work of the Jan. 6 committee, former President Donald Trump remains the leading contender for the 2024 Republican nomination — and on the current course, he could defeat President Joe Biden, whose unpopularity continues to plumb new depths. We need to be clear about what another Trump term would mean: it could be the death knell for our democracy.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan has an alarming account of Trump World’s preparations for a return to power: “Sources close to the former president said that — as a top priority — he will ‘clean up’ the national security apparatus of the intelligence agencies and the State Department, targeting the “awakened generals” in the Department of Defense and removing the top layers of the Justice Department and FBI.”
One of the instruments of the Trumpian purges would be Schedule F, a new category of federal employment that Trump would have created (and Biden repealed) in 2020 that would have removed tens of thousands of federal employees from public service protections. By reviving Schedule F, Trump could fire career officials and replace them with ultra-MAGA loyalists.
“F” might as well stand for “fascism,” because that’s what we’d get if Trump appointed his most fanatical followers to the most powerful positions in government.
I wish I could say that such a scenario isn’t plausible, but it’s all too realistic. I used to be an optimist about America’s future. No longer.
There’s a good reason so many people I know are acquiring foreign passports and talking about going elsewhere: the prognosis is grim.
As the political scientist Brian Klaas just wrote in the AtlanticGiven that the Republican Party has become “authoritarian to the core,” there are two main ways to save America: either reform the Republican Party or ensure that it is never in power again. But a MAGA-enabled party is likely to gain control of at least one chamber of Congress in the fall and could win full power in 2024.
We seem to be sleepwalking into a catastrophe. If we don’t wake up in time, we could lose our democracy.
Just because we’ve avoided a glitch in the past doesn’t mean we’ll avert it in the future (© Washington Post )
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/why-the-us-is-in-danger-of-sleepwalking-to-disaster-41870091.html Why the US is in danger of sleepwalking into disaster