Democracy Imperiled

Symptomatic of our country’s political failure is the fact that we had to suffer through an 18-month election process of unacceptable character and content. Symptomatic of our country’s constitutional failure is the fact that Mr. Trump did not receive the greatest number of popular votes in the election.

We have just experienced an election that qualifies as a historical discontinuity: a break in our tradition of selecting reasonably experienced and measured executive leadership. Our national government has been captured by an impulsive and dangerous individual, actually an autocratic, nationalistic, anti-intellectual, demigod. In simpler language, a fascist. The future of our democracy is imperiled.

We have a lot of work to do. I suggest that massive nonviolent demonstrations at critical inflection points are in order.

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