Spent a long while yesterday responding to a tweet and then lost the whole thing, but there is a point I do want to make.
The tweeter said he did not think our Democracy could survive another four years. He could have said another two years, but can the Democracy survive even the time it has spent so far being deliberately and broadly under attack. I mean, as with warming oceans and melted permafrost, the game may already be over?
Suppose somehow Dems were in complete and unchallengeable legislative control, what do they do to begin repairing and improving? How much damage (direct, collateral) will result even if reversed on the spot? Water, chemical, safety, air, radiation – all sorts of standards gone or blinking out.
Courts will be an issue. Voting rights. Citizenship. Immigration. Obviously the impacts cannot be rolled back or people’s shattered lives restored, unlike Humpty Dumpty’s. Protections can be strengthened. Good programs can be restored or recast in a more progressive mode – like tax laws.
But that does not fix the damage impacts affecting people and circumstances Right Now. Nor does it say anything about attempting to restore trashed treaties and international trust as if the US still were the gold standard we always purported to be on law, justice, fairness, civil rights, civil liberties, all those good things. Ain’t never going back to that delusion, so how badly with our country and its democracy and its citizens be damaged by that problem alone?