Truth and its loss have profound implications for our democracy

By Donald A. Collins | 2 March 2021
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The present willingness of the Republican Party to embrace lies as truth risks the destruction of our democracy.

Reading the December 2020 issue of The Spectator I was treated to Richard Dawkins’ short essay “Science: The Gold Standard of Truth” in which he notes “what is profoundly troubling is any wanton attack on truth itself: the value of truth, the very existence of truth.”

In the sustained use of a blatant lie such as now ex-President Trump has done in his big lie about not losing reelection on November 3rd we find he found the Achilles Heel of our democracy.

Then in fostering the violent intervention of our cherished US Capital on January 6th and getting away with treason, we citizens face the most unique risk in our long democratic history!

His lies could very well bring down our democracy and a significant number of elected Republican law makers are ceding him control of that benighted and disgraced party.

He continued his lying at CPAC on February 28th, which you can read about here.

Where we go from here is uncertain as we have never faced such a divisive enigma since the Civil War.

Such lack of moral character in our highest office has never surfaced to this extent and worse its perpetrator has been embraced and empowered.

And now his right-wing Republican rabble seek to steal minority voting rights around the USA.

You can read about this Republican voter suppression tactic here.

How long will this abomination be continued?

And now the upcoming far right new members care being lionized. Read about Madison Cawthorn here.

As Biden steers a moderate middle course, perhaps the extremism of the Florida CPAer Republicans will be seen as a non-winning strategy?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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