Democracy Is Already At Risk From Many Diverse Issues! And Donald Trump Could Benefit And Win!

By Donald A. Collins | 31 January 2024
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Watching the gripping 2 1/2-hour January 30th Frontline documentary Democracy at Risk, alerted me the possibility that such a dangerous man could easily get a second term if other issues caused voters to focus on other issues.

If you can arrange to see this, I strongly recommend you find it as it is a complete summary of Trump’s culpability to attempt a coup that would keep him in office.

Here’s our local WETA schedule for Democracy at Risk.

What are the many other issues?

Start with immigration which has festered untreated for decades by both parties. Offers for solutions are being rejected because Trump told his MAGA party’s US House speaker Johnson not to accept the offer negotiated by a bipartisan committee because Trump wanted to use the border crisis to flog Biden.

Washington Post’s Rampell suggests the House failure to move forward could be incompetence which its record certainly confirms that argument.

Read her piece here.

This MAGA GOP refusal will further delay funding for Ukraine and put pressure on our NATO allies to up their support no doubt pleasing Trump’s friend Putin.

If elected Trump wants to cut funding for Ukraine, get out of NATO, and put a huge 10 percent tariff on Chinese imports.

Another thorney issue which could divert voter attention from beating Trump, the Gaza war which has killed 26 thousand Palestinians, mostly women and children while Netanyahu refuses to stop his destructive bombardments.

Despite intense efforts by Biden to get Netanyahu to stop this fruitless tack he plunges on saying Israel’s existence is on the line. Further he is adamant against a 2-state solution which could if properly negotiated (could it be?) give safety and governance to the Palestinians, long suffering as they got pushed over many years into smaller places.

Again not an issue of Biden’s making, yet its effect on American voters in the Presidential election this year could hurt him by simply not voting.

As proof of his sensitivity to this humanitarian crisis Biden now needs to restore aid immediately to the Palestinians, showing our humanity, despite the UN aid agency employees who wrongly abetted Hamas! Biden needs to do that despite the Hamas hostage crisis which continues as others try to negotiate their release!

Again, pressure on Biden to solve an impossible situation which motivates many of his potential voters to blame Biden and possibly not vote in November when every vote will be needed to keep our democracy.

Of course, if Trump wins a second term, he pardons himself, brings in Yes Men, stops the DOJ’s Jack Smith coup lawsuit and begins the dismantling of our democracy.

Thus, these seemingly no solution problems could bring our democracy down!

So, it all starts with keeping our democracy by not electing Trump.

Of course, his nomination is still not confirmed but Haley, a Trump lite, would echo his positions and claim younger is better over proven experience and judgement such working across the aisle and trying to keep war from spreading in the Middle East. Our economy is flourishing, unemployment is historically low, inflation is declining, and wages are rising, but many Biden voters feel not enough is being done for them such as inner-city minorities who question their usual Democratic voting tradition. These same minorities would certainly get less attention from Trump.

Again, assuming Trump’s upcoming Presidential nomination, just not voting could easily make the difference.

Will it be the collateral issues that get us Trump Two? And his installing a majority of his non-governing MAGA crowd in House and Senate and opening his chance for another Trump Supreme Court pick??

All who think Trump is going down because of the horrors disclosed about his attacks on women (as exemplified by the $83 million fine to E. Jean Carroll) or his coup attempt to steal Biden’s election as the 1/30/24 Frontline documentary proved, better think about the above and don’t lose focus on what failing to elect Biden in November 2024 means!

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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