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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 03:16 AM

Americans' acceptance of Trump's behavior will be his vilest legacy

Source: The Guardian - Robert Reich Sun, December 27, 2020, 12:00 AM CST

Most of the 74,222,957 Americans who voted to re-elect Donald Trump Ė 46.8%of the votes cast in the 2020 presidential election Ė donít hold Trump accountable for what heís done to America.

Their acceptance of Trumpís behavior will be his vilest legacy.

Nearly forty years ago, political scientist James Q Wilson and criminologist George Kelling observed that a broken window left unattended in a community signals that no one cares if windows are broken there. The broken window is thereby an invitation to throw more stones and break more windows.

The message: do whatever you want here because others have done it and got away with it.

The broken window theory has led to picayune and arbitrary law enforcement in poor communities. But Americaís most privileged and powerful have been breaking big windows with impunity.

In 2008, Wall Street nearly destroyed the economy. The Street got bailed out while millions of Americans lost their jobs, savings, and homes. Yet not no major Wall Street executive ever went to jail.

In more recent years, top executives of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, along with the Sackler family, knew the dangers of OxyContin but did nothing. Executives at Wells Fargo Bank pushed bank employees to defraud customers. Executives at Boeing hid the results of tests showing its 737 Max Jetliner was unsafe. Police chiefs across America looked the other way as police under their command repeatedly killed innocent Black Americans.

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Very well thought out and insightful article.

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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 04:18 AM

1. man the barricades and oil up the guillotines.

This imbalance cannot continue. How can there be 70+ million sadists in this country?

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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 05:43 AM

2. When this country accepted hate radio on free airwaves, it was over.

TV just naturally followed.
Hatred and lies are now perfectly ok with 50% of our country.

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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 12:19 PM

3. Can someone explain to me why it is that some folks

here at DU seem to have a dislike for Robert Reich? I donít get it. He is almost always spot on and few explain the fundamental issues so clearly. Reich is a master.

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