Wednesday, January 12, 2022

It’s Coups All the Way Down - Tablet Magazine

Heads of influential progressive political action committees worry aloud that we will see a swing of “power to Republican politicians, which ends American democracy.” Liberal opinion columnists lament that the GOP is plotting to “take control of more and more of the apparatus of voting to ensure that Republicans can never lose.”

But if you sincerely value liberal democracy—not just majority rule but open debate and the protection of individual and minority rights—it can be hard not to notice the irony: A political movement that has worked so hard to censor and marginalize its opponents in virtually all institutions is claiming that it now represents the vanguard of democracy.

I’m not pointing this out to prove to progressives that they are just a bunch of hypocrites who don’t really value liberal democracy.

I’m writing this because I am worried about democracy in the United States. I won’t validate Biden or Swalwell’s outlandish claims about democracy ending in the next election or Jim Crow reasserting itself in GOP-run states, but I do think it’s deeply unhealthy that so many people in our country distrust the news media, public institutions, and their elected representatives.


Yeah, it's weird. But this morning I'm mildly optimistic, always a worrying sign.

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The Covid lies deserve to be the nail in the coffin for the news media, public institutions, and elected representatives. And the whole medical profession, alas.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 12, 2022 9:49:51 AM

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