LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that is on the verge of confirming a major historical prophesy. Namely that democracies seldom last beyond 200 years and are followed by a dictatorship and then a monarchy.

The recent acceleration of the decline of the U.S. democracy has been nothing short of spectacular. It started when we allowed a foreign power to determine the outcome of our presidential election. Our citizens were denied their Constitutional right to express their political preferences. This kind of intrusion is not allowed in a democracy.

A true democracy provides for restraints on the executive branch. The U.S. Senate was designed with the same number of representatives from each state to give a true voice to the minority opinion. The U. S. Senate eliminated that restraint by changing the rules to confirm an illegitimate Supreme Court justice. Because war is such a serious matter, the U.S. Constitution says it is solely the right of our congress to make such a declaration. When our “so called” president ignored the Constitution and launched a military attack against a foreign country without even telling congress until after the fact, they applauded his initiative instead of challenging his usurping their autority. The removal of executive restraints does not happen in a democracy.

Lastly a true democracy provides a guarantee of civil liberties, or personal freedoms, that the government cannot abridge either by law or judicial interpretation without due process. Civil liberties include freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, equal treatment under the law, the right to life, and the right to own property. It is laughable to say that those liberties exist today in the United States of America. The Dakota pipeline incident has seen Native Americans lose every single one of those liberties all by itself. Unfortunately that is not an isolated incident and such things do not happen in a democracy.

Maybe we the people still have time to take back our dysfunctional government and return it once again to a true democracy instead of allowing it to digress into a dictatorship and then a monarchy. That’s not going to happen by sitting on our asses and watching the parade go by.

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Nancy Kaplan


Retired Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, news junky, progressive