Will Attempts To Heal Our Democracy Fail?

By Donald A. Collins | 12 December 2021
Church and State

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As I watched with emotion and empathy the December 10th funeral service at the National Cathedral for Senator Bob Dole, it impressed me to see the bi-partisan attendance and the uplifting feeling that our democracy will survive despite the self-interested attacks of the GOP.

Great remembrance here.

President Biden’s eulogy for his 25 year co-service with his Republican friend was a warm embrace and a clarion call for unity despite heavy attacks on the survival of the democracy Dole gave his all to preserve.

The forces dividing us have never been greater since the Civil War as you can read here in two powerful articles in the 12/12 Outlook section of the Sunday Washington Post:



It is now urgently relevant to recall what Lincoln opined at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, when he spoke, attracting faint press notice at the time. “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure”. I found it inspiring to read again his historic works and some of its history. Read his inspiring address here.

Delivered on the greatest battlefield of that war, it is easy for me to equate what happened on January 6th as an analogy, sans an equal amount of actual bloodletting, but carrying the same disturbing message.

On a recent interview professional investor Ray Dalio speculated that chance for a new civil war was 30 percent! Read more here.

Trump symbolically did not attend Biden’s inauguration nor Dole’s funeral. Trump has forever boosted and attracted cronies whose abject personal lives and goals are not boosting a democratic united future. Is what he offers akin to the antithetical slavery of the Confederacy?

However, I must not fail to point out that the Democrats for too long ignored the plight of many poor Americans who as Evan Osnos so eloquently identified in his book “Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury” whose review you can read here.

Going forward will not be easy and highly dependent on short term events such as perceived economic conditions such as inflation and consumer prices.

Key also is having the vision (and votes?) to now enact the pending Build Back Better bill which allows social investments such as education and child care to ensure our future competitiveness against China and other surging economies who embrace authoritarianism over our democratic search for maximum freedom under law and order.

And worldwide the issues of climate, war and pandemics, face the plethora of unsettled poor populations seeking succor and safely by desperately migrating to more affluent countries. And the world, as population grows, now up 4 times in my 90 year lifetime to 8 billion en route to 11 by 2100.

Impossible to regain a semblance of safe stability you say? I remain hopeful but not optimistic.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 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”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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