December 16, 2019

Trump did not create the worst dysfunctions of our democracy; our worst dysfunctions created him. He's the symptom, not the cause, of a dangerous slide away from vital democracy toward corporate authoritarian rule. The slide began 40 years ago and he's simply the climactic event. Impeaching or defeating the president will not be enough to correct all wrongs. We need to do more than not go over the cliff; we need to get out of the vicinity of the cliff. Otherwise, the forces he represents will be back in '22 and '24. The deeper corruption is bigger than one man. Until we get the money out of politics -- repudiating the corporate aristocracy now dominating our government -- then government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" will remain frozen as words we no longer even try to embody. Our generation's job is to change that..

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