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The Undermining Of Democracy

October 11, 2016

The Atlantic again shows what happens when deep thinking and powerful writing combine.

Herein lies the most potentially devastating effect of Trump’s florid and public propulsion of a ‘rigged system.’ His corps of challengers may very well sow chaos on election day, but the laws allowing them to do so are at least laws—able to be repealed or updated (or kept in place), but at the very least subject to formal legislative governance.

Public trust, however—the core of our social compact—is not a matter of legislation: It is a terrible thing to lose, and a difficult thing to regain. And Trump has lately determined that his survival may be contingent its erosion; the last three days, after all, have shown the country how much he’s prepared to risk. It’s a dangerous play for the candidate, but unquestionably, a far more hazardous one for democracy.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. You can't hide them lyin' eyes Solly permalink
    October 30, 2016 2:52 PM

    I guess you can take your North Star bearings from Hillary and her one face while getting paid by Wall Street for a speech, and the two-face while lying/trying to win over progressives. For me, I like Joe Biden’s (you remember Joe Biden?) recollection about the advice that his grandfather Finnegan gave him, from his book, Promises to keep: on Life and Politics – Politics is a noble calling:

    “The first principles of politics I learned in the 1950s in my grandpop’s kitchen when I was about twelve years old. Grandpa wanted me to understand two things: First, that nobody, no group is above others. Public servants are obliged to level with everybody, whether or not they’ll like what he has to say. Second, politics was a matter of personal honor. A man’s word is his bond.
    If you do politics the right way, you can actually make people’s lives better. And integrity is the minimum ante to get into the game. Nearly 40 years after I first got involved, I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. I believe my chosen profession is a noble calling.”

  2. October 11, 2016 3:39 PM

    Hard to find anything to argue with in her statements.

    Look at opening of the door to China and tell me that a public and a private set of positions was not necessary for allowing it to happen.

    Pick one major policy issue where it is not needed to shape it and marshal it through with coalitions that could in no way be accomplished without some dual positioning.

    Even the U.S. Constitution had to be handled in private. Governing is not a stranger to you–yet you wish to pretend otherwise and I ask why?

  3. Bernie SanderSolly permalink
    October 11, 2016 1:16 PM

    I would suggest this as a reason for the undermining of democracy as well. Hill can return the Virgin Mary costume to the Halloween shop and her supporters can return their sheeples costumes and cancel the posing for “holy pitchers.”

    Leaked Speech Excerpts Show a Hillary Clinton at Ease With Wall Street

    In lucrative paid speeches that Hillary Clinton delivered to elite financial firms but refused to disclose to the public, she displayed an easy comfort with titans of business, embraced unfettered international trade and praised a budget-balancing plan that would have required cuts to Social Security, according to documents posted online Friday by WikiLeaks.

    The tone and language of the excerpts clash with the fiery liberal approach she used later in her bitter primary battle with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and could have undermined her candidacy had they become public.

    Mrs. Clinton comes across less as a firebrand than as a technocrat at home with her powerful audience, willing to be critical of large financial institutions but more inclined to view them as partners in restoring the country’s economic health.

    In the excerpts from her paid speeches to financial institutions and corporate audiences, Mrs. Clinton said she dreamed of “open trade and open borders” throughout the Western Hemisphere. Citing the back-room deal-making and arm-twisting used by Abraham Lincoln, she mused on the necessity of having “both a public and a private position” on politically contentious issues. Reflecting in 2014 on the rage against political and economic elites that swept the country after the 2008 financial crash, Mrs. Clinton acknowledged that her family’s rising wealth had made her “kind of far removed” from the struggles of the middle class.

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