Is our Democracy in danger? Yes.

“To deny we are in the Epic Battle for the Soul of America is to aid & assist the enemy eager to take us down.”

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gave the most important speech I’ve heard in my lifetime. At 66, I’ve lived through the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Iraq War but I have never witnessed such clear & present danger to America as I see now in the intent & actions of this president’s administration.

Just as Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream”  speech is not political rhetoric, Senator Flake did not deliver a partisan political speech. We are sure to hear defensive Trumpsters amplifying White House talking points on social media & altRIGHT “news” sites like Breitbart News, InfoWars, Stone Cold Truth et.al.  But, whatever Trump & his people say about Jeff Flake & his motivations, no one can argue with the empirical evidence & the conclusions he so carefully presented.

It’s not as if he’s the lone voice, the disgruntled politician who can’t win an election crying out for attention. Some of the wisest, most respected human beings on Earth are expressing the same concerns. Indeed, Pope Francis has dedicated his May 2018 forum to understanding the scourge of Fake News & it’s effect on free elections around the world.

“How Democracies Die” by Daniel Ziblatt & Steven Levitsky:

A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world—and a road map for rescuing our own.  Donald Trump’s presidency has raised questions that many of us never thought we’d be asking:  Is our democracy in danger?

Yes. Democracies around the globe are in danger of authoritarian takeover. Worse, Trump has slammed the door shut on fledgeling democracies who once looked to America as a role model.

“The United States used to be a beacon of light, hope & wisdom. We stood tallest among our brethren because we are fortunate to have a people resolute & strong, a homeland rich in resource & treasure & a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”