Democracy Dies In Despair

It’s the loss of hope that can kill a democracy.

Dennis Sanders

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I’m not looking forward to election night.

I think a number of candidates that are not ready for primetime, who built their campaigns on division and lies will win Tuesday. I think the upcoming Congress will be an endless of stream of crap and not focused on, you know governing.

I’m not optimistic about our future as a nation. But I am hopeful.

That said, many people are fearful that democracy in America will be dead as of November 9, 2022. Democracy is on the ballot, they say.

Take a few minute and listen to this monologue by Bill Maher about the midterms. I don’t think I’m wrong in seeing this as a eulogy to American democracy:

For those who didn’t want to watch the video here is a quote:

“This really is the crossing the Rubicon moment when the election deniers are elected, which is often how countries slide into authoritarianism, not with tanks in the streets, but by electing the people who then have no intention of ever giving it back,” he said. “The Republican up for Wisconsin governor just said if he’s elected, Republicans will never lose another election. This is how it happens. Hitler was elected, so was Mussolini, Putin, Erdogan, Viktor Orban. This is the ‘it can’t happen to us’ moment that’s happening to us right now. We just don’t feel it yet.”

I get Maher’s dread of the upcoming election. The Republican Party has gone off the rails, and we are going to see a lot of people who have no business being in public office winning. The next two years in Washington and in many state capitals will be hellish and chaotic.

You also have to take note that many of us didn’t think something like January 6 was going to happen and yet it did and it was way worse than we could have imagined. So, we shouldn’t be sanguine if election deniers and the like end up in office. But is November 8, 2022 democracy’s swan song? No, I don’t think so.

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Dennis Sanders

Middle-aged Midwesterner. I write about religion, politics and culture. Podcast: churchandmain.org newsletter: https://churchandmain.substack.com/