Democracy or What

Empires rise. Empires fall. Is Democracy falling? What is going on in America? Is it time for a new form of government?

I admit that I was largely ignorant on the subjects of politics and government prior to 2007, when then Senator Obama, ran for president. Since that time, I have stayed tuned in to discussions that affect the future of this country. I took Democracy for granted, just thought it would always exist. After all, wasn’t it the best form of governing — of, for, and by the people? I have come to appreciate America’s representative government where citizens participate.

I listen to liberal media and read liberal publications. At the beginning of this administration, I thought they were a bit too critical of the president. I wanted them to give him a chance to learn something about his country and governing. I wanted him to understand that America is the major player in the global and economic community and he should act accordingly. Early on, the liberal media was searching for news, any facts, and faults that could lead to his departure from office.  I have sat through so much “breaking news” that hardly seemed newsworthy. I have watched this shit-show play on center stage nonstop since 2015. The liberal media has not gotten used to the president’s antics. They treat every tweet as if it’s a proclamation. I understand, because this is a nontraditional administration with an unusual president. Corruption has been rampant; many have resigned, been fired, or indicted. “Drain the swamp?”

Instead of only reporting on healthcare, the environment, education, housing, the homeless, veterans, and the military, voting rights and voter suppression, immigration, foreign relations, and all other areas that affect us; the liberal media concentrates on the president’s faux pas. Some want to see him perp-walked out of the White House and into a jail cell. What has happened to the White House press briefings? Don’t citizens have a right to know what their government is doing? We need the media in every era, especially investigative reporters.

Some Americans like the direction of the country. They are the minority of the electorate. They wanted and got conservative Supreme Court and federal judges. They wanted and got fewer regulations on the environment, banking, energy, and more that affects the bottom lines of businesses and corporations. The 1% who got big tax cuts may be happy with this administration.

The Make America Great Again base doesn’t necessarily fall into the 1%, yet they support the administration because of its efforts to resurrect the era when government defined the parameters for black and brown people. For some, America has become too diverse. They support the immigration policies. Many MAGA citizens want America to look and feel like it did in the 1950s and before. I don’t want to go back to Pre: Roe v. Wade, women and gay rights. I don’t want to return to that apartheid/segregated system where I was a second class citizen.

When I expressed my fears concerning the administration, shortly after the inauguration in 2017, as it began disregarding the Constitution, a student of history and government said, “This is America. We have the rule of law.” I took some comfort in that at first, but since that damning “Muller Report” was released, I have again returned to fear. I found it to be a doozy. It made me doubt the existence of the rule of law. Does it exist anymore? I am concerned that America has given up on democracy and the rule of law. What will demonstrate to the masses that Democracy is dying?

What I don’t understand is how the administration can disregard the Constitution and the rule of law, which makes possible their lifestyle. Don’t they appreciate the freedoms that they have and the wealth that they have acquired under this United States American Democracy, which allows capitalism to flourish? Or do they think that the majority of citizens will accept what they are offering – an oligarchy, a government in which a small group exercises control, especially for corrupt and selfish purposes. Or any other government in opposition to Democracy –·despotism, autocracy, tyranny, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, absolutism, fascism. Whatever the name, they are all oppressive, repressive, suppressive. Look at Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, and Myanmar. Or is America becoming like Russia or a dictatorship such as North Korea? How about a dynasty? A king?

Though the forecast is cloudy and uncertain from where I sit, I want to believe that the impending storm will fail to materialize as the Senate rises from paralysis and saves the nation from a despot before it is too late. Will the Senates save Democracy and Rule of Law?  Or, must the people rise (as in Hong Kong) and take to the streets to save Democracy?

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  1. Sherman howell

    Great article Barbara. You cover a number of different points of view or comes from many angles. Thanks

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