Our Democracy: Now Under Possible Destruction By Our Own Folly!

By Donald A. Collins | 8 October 2023
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As my recent writings have argued, Trump, the nihilistic fascist gets more popular with his base as his crimes move toward serious litigation. His ilk abound and the ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy by The Donald’s small band of far right House brigands continue pursuing his and their intent to undermine and destroy our cherished institutions and take authoritarian control in 2024! But more disturbing a “NYT/Sierra poll shows 71% of GOP voters stand with Trump amid investigations.”

His election could allow Trump or his fascist echo (like a Jim Jordan) as a Hitler like strongman plunge our fragile democracy onto a track toward Trump’s second term when the votes are cast in the Presidential race on November 5, 2024. He is running neck and neck with Biden now.

“Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington, D.C., representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District,” Trump posted on his TRUTH Social. “He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House & has my Complete & Total Endorsement!”

Trump’s presence in the media since his nomination in 2015 has been constant and concerning. So much so that his fascist racism and violent statements are being relegated to less and less coverage.

For example, on September 19th in a group of MAGA Republicans speech in Anaheim, Trump proposed executing suspected shoplifters, saying “Very simply, if you rob a store, you can fully expect to be shot as you are leaving that store”. As the audience applauded, laughed and cheered, Trump added for emphasis, “Shot!”

Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi noted in his October 5 article,

Trump’s advocacy of extrajudicial killings was widely covered by newspapers and TV stations in California but generally ignored by the national press.

No mainstream TV network carried his speech live or excerpted it later that night. CNN and MSNBC mentioned it during panel discussions over the next few days. The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR and PBS didn’t report it at all.

The New York Times wrote about it four days later, playing the story on Page 14 of its print edition.

The Anaheim speech was part of a pattern of increasingly aggressive rhetoric by Trump — and a somewhat muted response by the news media to his repeated exhortations to violence.

During his speech in Anaheim, Trump also mocked Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband, who was gravely injured last year in a hammer attack by an assailant who reportedly believed the former president’s lies about a “stolen” 2020 election.

A few days before his appearance in California, Trump suggested on his Truth Social platform that the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, deserved “DEATH!” for reassuring Chinese officials that the United States had no plans to attack in the waning days of the Trump administration.

Read Farhi’s full piece here.

My point is simple. After 7 years of Trump, many voters from both parties are tired of his rhetoric, but dangerously unaware of the reality that he could be re-elected.

October 6, 2023 NY Times story reveals “Voters’ broad discontent with disarray in Washington transcends political parties, race, age and geography” but no apparent recognition of the fundamental attacks on our basic institutions that make our fragile democracy function.

Some excerpts:

“They (Washinton pols) seem so disconnected from us,” said Kevin Bass, 57, a bank executive who lives in New Home, a rural West Texas town. He serves on the local school board and has two children in public school, and another in college. He describes himself as conservative who voted for former President Donald J. Trump both times. “I don’t really look at either party as benefiting our country,” he said.

Voters said that Washington infighting and the Republicans’ flirtation with debt default and government shutdowns recklessly put people’s paychecks, health care and benefits at risk at a moment when they are preoccupied with how to pay rising health care and grocery bills, or to cope with a fast-warming climate unleashing natural disasters in nearly every corner of the nation.”

Sounds like the unfunctional Trump GOP will get the blame, but the personal issues of voters who are largely unaware of the GOP end game to make over our democracy could spell a Trump 2nd term.

Whitney Smith, a bookkeeper in Gilbert, Ariz., said she did not want any part of the political turmoil in Washington.

Ms. Watson, a member of the Cherokee Nation, voted for Mr. Trump in 2020 and said she did not feel politically moved by actions President Biden has taken to conserve land sacred to Native Americans or to provide billions of dollars in new tribal funding. She said she would support Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the 2024 presidential race as a jolt to the two-party system.

Vivian Santos-Smith, 21, a senior at Howard University, said her biggest concern was the $10,000 of student debt she would have to start repaying after graduation. President Biden canceled $9 billion in student loan debt this week, but his wider efforts to cancel some $400 billion more were scuttled by the Supreme Court.

Biden’s accomplishments have not deeply resonated with voters as this quote notes:

The White House and Congress have pumped out billions of dollars to fix and improve the nation’s roads, ports, pipelines and internet. They have approved hundreds of billions to combat climate change and lower the cost of prescription drugs. President Biden has canceled billions more in student debt. Yet those accomplishments have not fully registered with voters.

A small group of hard-right Republicans drove the country to the brink of a government shutdown, then plunged Congress into chaos when they instigated the vote that, with Democratic support, removed Mr. McCarthy. Democrats are betting that voters will blame Republicans for the trouble. Many voters interviewed this week said they viewed the whole episode as evidence of broad dysfunction in Washington, and blamed political leaders for being consumed by workplace drama at the expense of the people they are meant to serve.

Exactly my point. The idea of Trump or his echo serving again is unthinkable but possible. We must not lose our focus in understanding of how the weak GOP members who let Trump prevail were why we are in such terrible jeopardy now.

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?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life” and “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024”.

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