Hartmann: Biden’s Presidency could be the ‘last gasp’ of democracy…

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America is in limbo.

There is the good: Joe Biden is president-elect. He has defeated Donald Trump, winning the highest percentage of eligible voters since Richard Nixon in 1972. Biden also received the highest number of votes in American history — approximately 77 million. It is clear that the American people have given Biden a mandate to lead the country into a better future.

As expected, Donald Trump continues to claim, against all evidence to the contrary, that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him through “voter fraud” and is attempting to use the courts to overturn the election results. To this point these efforts have completely failed. Biden has announced a committee of esteemed experts who will lead the country’s efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic. Pfizer recently announced that it has developed a vaccine against the coronavirus which should be ready for mass distribution in 2021. Despite all of Donald Trump and his movement’s assaults on the country’s democracy, social cohesion and even its future, there is a sense that President Biden could both return the country to “normalcy” and then make it better and stronger.

Then there is the bad. Donald Trump received approximately 72 million votes in the 2020 election, about 10 million more than he did in 2016. The ideology of Trumpism, built on white supremacy, nativism, collective narcissism, misogyny, greed, corruption, right-wing Christian extremism, anti-intellectualism, cruelty and other pathologies were enthusiastically endorsed, rather than rejected, by tens of millions of Americans.

Trump is also attempting an obvious slow-motion coup, in which he is purging senior national security officials who have shown themselves unwilling to do his bidding, for example, by turning the country’s military against the American people. Trump’s coup plot is part of a much bigger effort to delegitimize the very idea of democracy and free elections in America. Breaking from centuries of tradition in the United States, Trump has refused to concede defeat or assist in the lawful transfer of power to Biden.  read more..

https://www.alternet.org/2020/11/bidens-presidency-could-be-the-last-gasp-of-democracy-says-hartmann-unless-democrats-dump-neoliberal-economics-thom-hartmann/

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  1. The level of civic education among the populace will determine our fate, along with our ability to limit the powers of the government. If we can do those things, then we can begin to examine the future of our experiment.
    We won’t get there being preoccupied with chasing around the world looking for dragons to slay.

    • Disagree 💯%!

      Trump(ism) won on simplicity. One liners.

      Like this:

      #OpenBorders #MadeAmericaGreat.

      #WhenAmericaWasGreat, noncitizens could vote.

      American attention spans can’t/don’t need to be widened, to defeat Trumpism.

      (Beyond simple facts like that Trump ran on the TRADE DEFICIT in 2016; and 2018 was worst trade deficit ever. And 2019 was 2nd worst ever… And why is the media mum on this 🤔? Like they were mum on his 35% #TrumpTAX tariff TAX.)

  2. “Trumpism, built on… narcissism, anti-intellectualism…”

    Exactly what I said when I publicly predicted Trump winning Prez before anyone – Nov 2015.

    I called it a combo of ignorance & arrogance: so American.

    I actually underestimated the White Fragility*. I highlighted the media anointing him “Tough On Trade”. (While mum on his 35% #TrumpTAX tariff TAX.)

    But the feature of Trumpism that… trumps all is the fragile, insecure nativism: it also pervades Americans in general.

    We can’t handle the self-evident truth that…

    #OpenBorders #MadeAmericaGreat.

    (Nor facts like that #WhenAmericaWasGreat, noncitizens could vote.)

    • * “The most racist thing ever would be backlash against a sitcom called “Whitish”.”
      – DramaQueenDon, via Twitter.

      Reminiscent of Snowflake White Supremacists yearning for a “White Nation”… when Whites already have majority populations in 4 of 6 continents!

      White Privilege & Fragility being baked in. Bill Maher likes to pretend Millennials invented Snowflakes, but Whites flooding USA’s OpenBorders called Ellis “Heartbreak Island” for the low acceptance rate of…

      98%!
      And long processing times of… 4 hours!

      WHILE Asians were banned for most of the 20th century and Hispanic US Citizens were being illegally mass deported.
      And obviously while N̶a̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ Americans were 2% population in their homeland.

    • … And, I believe even after the 1892 Chinese ban ended after WWII, only 100 people per year were allowed in until the 1970’s!