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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 11:21 AM

Here's Something To Give Thanks For This Thanksgiving: Our Democracy Survived



'Here's something to give thanks for this Thanksgiving: our democracy survived.' Art Cullen. Trump and company did everything possible to try to thwart rule of law. Americans wouldn’t stand for it. The Guardian, Nov. 25, 2020.

- "None of this was destined. It could have gone the other way." -

Going on 40 years I’ve been writing columns about giving thanks, and this year I mean it: thank God that America stood up for democracy again.

This year is among the worst. Pandemic is our parlance. Covid runs wild over Iowa while its government stands back and does little. The president thumbs his nose at the virus and at the rule of law, skirted impeachment thanks to feckless senators, and would steal a win through a faithless electoral college, if he could. But he can’t.

The people spoke. They elected Joe Biden with the most votes ever, and by a convincing margin, as a rebuke to it all. It was a vote for Biden – made by millions, in hopes of good will – but it was as much an act of revulsion for what Donald Trump represents. Biden promised to govern with fairness and decency. People endorsed a middling approach with a split Congress. They demand that government gets along somehow. Fair enough. There’s wisdom in that vote.

It was a record turnout. So many have lamented a lack of civic engagement for good reason. Our local school board elections typically muster 10% turnout. This year, however, the people were engaged. Especially in Iowa, where they came out in awful weather, young and old, to hear Julián Castro or John Delaney campaign during the run-up to the caucuses. Dr Jill Biden, first lady in waiting, talked education to a handful of folks at Better Day Café. It was something to behold. We had a ringside seat.

Trump and company tried to keep people from voting. They tried to slow down the mail. They tried to sow fear that the system was rigged. But the people came out the first day they could and stood in line for hours, if necessary, to make sure their vote counted. County election officials, no matter their politics, tried to make it as safe and smooth as possible and it was, for the most part. That, too, was something to behold. Mainly, the people demonstrated that liberty means something. They demanded their franchise as citizens...

More, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/25/heres-something-to-give-thanks-for-this-thanksgiving-our-democracy-survived

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appalachiablue Nov 25 OP
cilla4progress Nov 25 #1
appalachiablue Nov 25 #3
cilla4progress Nov 25 #4
dchill Nov 25 #2
appalachiablue Nov 25 #5
Bradshaw3 Nov 25 #6
onetexan Nov 26 #7
Skittles Nov 26 #8

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 11:28 AM

1. A republic, if you can keep it.

I am seeking for ways I can support democracy over the next 4 years. I wish there were a cabinet-level department.

I expect many others - 80 million - will be, as well.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 11:32 AM

3. Defense of democracy, we are in real need of a dept. and more.

Democracy civics education, democracy gardens, why no democracy museum on the mall, no democracy community centers and parks, no democracy universities and schools?

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 11:33 AM

4. Yes -

great ideas!!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 11:30 AM

2. Survived, yes. But still in intensive care.

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Response to dchill (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 11:36 AM

5. True that. Here's to strength ahead

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 12:11 PM

6. Think of how bad it would be if Biden lost

We would all be miserable and this country would be in dire shape. Yes, the losses down ballot will cause problems for years but there are chances in GA and in 2022 to rectify. We will soon return to normalcy at the top of our government and in the departments we count on to make it work. And we don't have to worry about the asshat having governmental power anymore. Those are all fantastic things to appreciate. Now we have to get to work on fixing the rest of the repub mess.

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Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 02:15 AM

7. Yes, we survived to fight another day

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 03:46 AM

8. barely

we now know that the GOP and 70 million fucking IDIOTS are A-OK with authoritarian rule - all that is needed is someone more competent than Donald Fucking Trump and how fucking hard is THAT?

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