American democracy is on the verge of death.
We should be preparing for insurrection, secession, insurgency and civil war, not the possibility that the Democrats just fall apart over the next two election cycles because of inflation.
“A year after the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, the United States seems perhaps even more alarmingly fractious and divided. Regrettably, the right has sustained its support for Donald Trump and continued its assault on American democratic norms.
The next national election will almost inevitably be viciously (perhaps violently) contested. It is fair to say that the right-wing threat to the United States — and its apparent goal of laying the groundwork for a power grab, if necessary, in 2024 — is politically existential.
Yet many Americans seem to be whistling past the graveyard of American democracy. …”
He is missing the important thing which is that most people are exhausted with COVID authoritarianism and mad that the price of tendies and everything has gone up over the past year.
“A right-wing minority — including many elected politicians — is now practicing a form of brinkmanship by threatening to unilaterally destroy American democracy, daring what they hope is a timid and somnolent majority to resist them. But that majority has the benefit of warning ahead of 2024. …
War games, tabletop exercises, operations research, campaign analyses, conferences and seminars on the prospect of American political conflagration — including insurrection, secession, insurgency and civil war — should be proceeding at a higher tempo and intensity. Scholars of American politics need to pick up the torch from experts on the democratic decline in Europe, who first raised the alarm about growing dangers to American politics. …”
Normally, I don’t even bother to vote, but I am increasingly tempted to consider the possibility in order to join in this assault on “democratic norms.” In particular, I am more interested in looking at who is running at the state and local level here in Alabama than in previous years.