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Trump Destroys American Greatness From Within, By Timothy Egan

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 'Americans should care about a more lasting and damaging corrosion — the destabilizing of venerable institutions. Next week, the House will vote on whether to hold Barr in contempt for defying the constitutional role of oversight by the legislative branch.Barr is marshaling the enormous legal muscle of the people’s Justice Department as a political hit squad. He’ll use the law, which he ignores when it suits him,  It’s one thing to corrupt a politician, the natural osmosis of the species. It’s quite another to debase the foundations of a great democracy. To serve Donald Trump is to lose all self-respect. You lie for him. You cover for him. You hate for him. This country is a harder, colder, more mean-spirited place because  of those who would rather bootlick a bully than stand for the principles they once espoused.'

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Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have a book out called How Democracies Die. They write, "We tend to think of democracies [as] dying at the hands of men with guns. But there is another way to break a democracy. . . . At the hands not of generals but of elected leaders." They go on to say that Trump's election was a step toward authoritarianism, but the erosion began long before Trump, and the problems will outlast him."


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And then there is the damage done by this racist liar, as his narrative is spread in the at anarchic space --the internet. Trumpists have embraced narratives that put race at the center-- "We 'real Americans' (white) have to protect our culture from the alien (brown) who would weaken it."

Because of the weaponization of disinformation misinformation- "There has been a sharp shift in opinion, especially among white progressives, on all subjects racial.


"For most of the latter half of the 20th century, about 10% of white liberals supported increased immigration; now it's 50%

"The opposing narrative is something like this: America began with a crime stealing the land from Native Americans. It continued with an atrocity, slavery.

"The American story is the conflict between oppressors who seek to preserve white supremacy and people who seek to move beyond it. The essential American struggle is to confront the national sin, have a racial reckoning and then seek reconciliation.'"


With a president who is as malignant as ignorant despots are. this will never happen.


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You give Trump way too much credit. History tells us he is part of a long lineage. The US peaked in all most every account in the early 1970s

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