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‘We have never been in more danger of losing our democracy’

October 10, 2018

The Kavanaugh confirmation: Where are we after this charade? Can we survive a Trump being unchained and unfettered? Continuing to make money off his presidency, skewer the environment, warp truth, terrorize foreign children, bully our allies, attack the press, misrepresent us to ourselves and flood the rich like himself with money.

Because he is safe. He now has a Supreme Court at his back that will avoid neutering him. An FBI that may never see, hear or speak evil of his monkeyed administration. A political party that has given up every shred of representing the people other than the well-off, except to claim they are doing so.

He will continue to pep rally his unthinking base with falseness, which they are situationally, informationally and temperamentally unable to recognize. Because they have been had. So their solution is to cheer and support the strong man to extract revenge rather than support solutions for themselves as well as others. There’s no shame in such la la land. They go for whatever they can get claiming that millions are getting theirs unfairly, never stopping to inquire what truth if any exists in such propaganda.

Reality and truth are reviled. Illusions are paramount and in style. Pseudo-events engineered to undermine civic understanding are proclaimed to be truth worth raving and waving about.

We have never been in more danger of losing our democracy to escapist and regressive forces with fraud at their political center; we have a government veering toward authoritarianism.

Mouthing slogans, funneling the big lies because ordinary people have trouble recognizing falseness, thinking extraordinary lies must have some truth because no one would lie so obviously knowing what they were doing. Oh, really?!

James C. Whiteside

Danbury

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