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'Existential Threat to Our Democracy'

Added: Sunday, September 20th 2020 at 5:37pm by ceilede
Related Tags: trump, elections, lies, corruption
 
 
 
Published on Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Common Dreams
'Existential Threat to Our Democracy': Trump Openly Telegraphs Intent (Once Again) to Delegitimize 2020 Election Results


The president's latest baseless attack on mail-in ballots drew yet another warning from Twitter.


by Brett Wilkins, staff writer
Last week I posted on my social media page that I hadn’t been able to write lately because I’m too angry. Sure, a bit of righteous anger can be a catalyst for other, more productive things; but the heaviness of all that’s happening in the world right now– and the shear volume of people and systems bent on perpetuating evil these days– was just more than I could articulate a word against. It goes like that sometimes. I run out of words every now and then. And (believe it or not) even I have a filter. I try to never just rant and rage without having a good word or a way forward.

The death of RBG, on top of everything, seems an ill-timed cruelty we can’t bear. And I’m not going to try and talk anyone out of the deep grief that is the loss of her; or the anger, when all she worked for is now at risk. There’s no denying the blow, that she died the very same week we found out women in ICE custody are enduring systemic hysterectomies for no medical reason; that she left us when there is a shameless misogynist in the White House; or that the past few decades of LGBT rights could be rolled back in just a few short months.

Part of my personal struggle lately has been feeling like the Church, or really, the whole Christian narrative as we know it, does not hold space well for complex emotions like grief and outrage. As a faith leader, I can fall short in giving space for those things myself. It’s no wonder my own anger has had nowhere to go. So before I try to give anyone a snappy pep talk about what comes next and how to honor the legacy of such an icon for justice and equality– we get to be sad first.Well. Sad and angry.

First, we mourn the loss of HER, the person–not the legend, the icon, the protector and defender of our democracy (we’ll get there). She was a beloved wife and mother, someone’s daughter, a friend to many, and a child of God. She was so much more, but in all the widespread veneration, let’s not forget this basic truth- she was a human being.

Let’s also grieve, for a moment, that so many women whose lives are better because of her, who’ve had opportunities that their own mothers and grandmothers could never have dreamed of, will not recognize this passing with any kind of sadness; that many who’ve benefitted from her incredible leadership will see this, not as a loss, but as an opportunity to roll that progress back by decades. And I grieve that my own daughter may grow up in a reality that is vastly different; or, that her generation will grow up taking for granted the rights she championed, without ever really knowing what it cost her.

And yes, let’s also acknowledge what it cost her- she never got to retire. The stakes were too high, and she knew that everything she’d worked for would be vulnerable if she left an empty seat in the current climate. She soldiered on because she knew what she was protecting.

On that note, we also grieve because we know what comes next. It’s going to get ugly. A certain base of single-issue voters are going to get fired up and mobilized. There will be misinformation; toxic partisan squabbling; and a stunning display of hypocrisy on the part of those who once said you can’t appoint a judge in an election year. That is going to be a different story now. Meanwhile, the conversation about women’s equality will be reduced to a fight about our bodies– and not just our bodies, but a single part of our anatomy.Discussions about what is sacred, what is meant by ‘life,’ will be reduced to this single matter as well. There will be no deeper dive into the more complex issues affecting the health of women and children in this country; no meaningful discourse about how to truly value life. It’s going to be gross, and there’s no way around it 

And a particularly heavy truth that’s lurking in the background: the Supreme Court is probably going to have to decide this Presidential election. There will be no clear outcome right away, and that is by design. There will be fear and mistrust around the process. Conspiracy theories layered over the complications of a pandemic will amount to chaos. The current administration is drafting this mayhem as we speak; they’ve laid the foundations to contest any number of outcomes. And, as we’ve witnessed over the past six months, most of our systems are too fragile to weather this particular storm. The determination of who our next leader will be is going to end up in the hands of the highest courts. And yes– it is utterly terrifying to envision how this goes down without the pillar of strength and measured wisdom, wrapped in an iconic lace collar, placed securely in the center of thismoment. More terrifying still to think of who might be in her place by then, and what voice he (yes) will bring to the chaos.

It’s dark. There’s no denying it. Democracy hangs in the balance. Not to mention women’s autonomy.

And yet.

Today is a new day. And in the Jewish tradition– it’s a new year.

"The greatest threat to our election integrity lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, co-chairs of the Democratic Attorney Generals Association (DADA), said in an email to Common Dreams. "Trump's lies, corruption, and disrespect for voters is simply un-American."

This isn't the first time Trump's tweets have been hit with warnings. In recent months, his posts have been flagged for false claims about absentee voting, encouraging felonious voter fraud, and for glorifying violence

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The trump agenda is suddenly flavored with anti-women, anti-minority (including sexual orientation and gender identify minories) along with just a nasty attitude about everybody that doesn't kowtow to him as much as he wants us to.

We have to have a new leader, and soon, or I am in dire doubt of our nation's continued existance.  When I heard that RBG had passed, my first reaction was to almost burst into tears, and the second was just fear...fear that trump would manage to put another piece of right wing bigotry onto the Supreme Court and make our lives as average citizens all the worse going forward.

Trump's goal - and he has been upfront about it - is to be Comrade Drumpf. a banana republic style dictator and begin a family dynasty. Wake up, America!

 

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