Democracy Defenders insist that democracy is fragile.
It is fragile because it is human. It is fragile because it is up to us.
In order to save democracy from dangerous authoritarians like Trump though, we might on occasion have to dispense with democracy when public opinion isn’t trending our way.
The only way to save democracy and vindicate “the rule of law” is to so discredit the law that half the country no longer believes in it!
“Several distinguished individuals have recently expressed grave reservations about the prosecutions of former President Donald Trump. Notably, they appear to have no dispute about the seriousness of his wrongdoing. Rather, their main concern is that “terrible consequences” may result, because the prosecutions “may come to be seen as political trials … and play directly into the hands of Trump and his allies.” Although many Trump supporters will view the situation in just this way, any suggestion that prosecution is therefore unwise misconceives what is at stake here and, sadly, is evidence of America’s diminished national spirit.
For a free society wishing to preserve its governmental system, the prosecutions of Donald Trump for trying to overturn our democracy and willfully mishandling national secrets is not optional. They are the essential step that must be taken if America’s rule of law is going to survive, and be worthy of the trust that is essential to that survival. More hopefully, they offer the nation its single best chance of escaping from the appalling thrall of Trump’s lies and insults since he came down that escalator eight years ago. …”
I see the liberal establishment is telegraphing YET AGAIN that it will never accept a Trump restoration.
“The challenge that America faces calls for the country’s best and brightest prosecutors to do their utmost in formulating and pursuing these most important of cases. Hand-wringing that things might go awry is not productive in the least. …”
These people are delusional!
“Instead, this is a time to celebrate the great corner that has been turned in the effort to once and for all repudiate Donald Trump. While the justice system alone cannot save democracy, the reckoning now finally under way may be of appreciable help in restoring some rationality to our public life. … “
Once again, it is getting to the point where it is a harder to imagine a scenario where this all shakes out peacefully and our politics calm down than it is to imagine all the ways our politics could boil over into violent conflict.