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The Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy

June 2, 2016

The Atlantic nails this election with a terrific article.

The television networks that promoted Trump; the primary voters who elevated him; the politicians who eventually surrendered to him; the intellectuals who argued for him, and the donors who, however grudgingly, wrote checks to him—all of them knew, by the time they made their decisions, that Trump lied all the time, about everything. They knew that Trump was ignorant, and coarse, and boastful, and cruel. They knew he habitually sympathized with dictators and kleptocrats—and that his instinct when confronted with criticism of himself was to attack, vilify, and suppress. They knew his disrespect for women, the disabled, and ethnic and religious minorities. They knew that he wished to unravel NATO and other U.S.-led alliances, and that he speculated aloud about partial default on American financial obligations. None of that dissuaded or deterred them.

Whatever happens in November, conservatives and Republicans will have brought a catastrophe upon themselves, in violation of their own stated principles and best judgment. It’s often said that a good con is based upon the victim’s weaknesses. Why were conservatives and Republicans so vulnerable? Are these vulnerabilities not specific to one side of the political spectrum—are they more broadly present in American culture? Could it happen to liberals and Democrats next time? Where were the guardrails?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2016 5:29 PM


    What I have long advocated as a starting point is a broad-based infrastructure bill that would create jobs to resolve much-needed repairs and complete long overdue projects. And with this stimulus bill allow no tax cuts as the 2009 stimulus bill did. This nation can not afford more tax cuts but requires some honest dialogue about needing to adequately fund our government–TSA is but one area that needs an infusion of workers and dollars. Packaging some manner of debt relief for college loans is another step in the process. There are many ways to make an impact towards the goal you comment on and on which we agree..

  2. June 2, 2016 5:22 PM


    What specifically has you so disturbed? Am curious.

  3. June 2, 2016 4:29 PM

    Two words: income inequality.

    This problem won’t fix itself. No matter who the next President is, if they don’t jump on this with a quickness, this country is going to go through a very dark period–guaranteed.

  4. Jim Dean permalink
    June 2, 2016 1:21 PM

    What a load of “progressive” dishonest garbage. I will not be sharing this with anyone.

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