Democratic “Moderates” are Contributing to the Death of American democracy.

How their complicity and inaction is going to shape the nation.

Lauren Elizabeth
Dec 3, 2019 · 3 min read
Photo via Chuck Schumer on Instagram

When we consider the events of the last century it’s undeniable that we can come across certain themes, most significantly in times of great polarization and conflict. In regards to the rise of fascism for instance, we’re forced to come to terms with how complicity on the part of “moderates” plays an incredibly important role in allowing fascists to take hold of power. If we think about the events leading up to World War Two and the global threat of the fascist movement, it’s important that we ask ourselves how far Hitler would have gotten without the silence of those within his government willing to look the other way, and even those in other governments as well (Great Britain, for instance).

World War Two may be decades behind us, but even today we find ourselves in a pivotal moment where the threat of the rise of the far right continues to grow. With it, a noticeable number of people in positions of power willing to look the other way as it happens.

Whether it’s the slow but steady corporate takeover of the American government, or the feeble if any attempts by the democratic leadership to take action when members of the Trump administration refuse to comply with their subpoenas, there’s no denying that the majority of democrats in power aren’t exactly stellar at holding their ground and speaking truth to power.

Frankly, it’s time to demand better.

Democracies do not always die in a dramatic, obvious manner. Democracies die in quiet offices when a Senator’s staffer comes in to their office and says that their leading campaign contributor is threatening to back out if they don’t vote how they want on a bill. Democracies die when a congressman refuses to acknowledge the illegality of a President’s actions because it will diminish their re-election efforts. Democracies die in the wake of complicity, and looking the other way in instances where they allow fear of repercussions to drive their decision making.

Of course, when reflecting on the long slow death of American democracy it’s important to consider the motivation behind the feeble, if any actions against fascism’s rise.

Like so much else, of course it comes down to money.

There’s donor dollars that come along with painting Trump as a villain, but to actually do anything about it means the money raised because of him goes away. Money, and it’s influence on American politics while centrist democrats happily partake tells us everything we need to know about how fragile our “democracy” actually is under the direction of people across party lines willing to do anything to stay in power. We cannot hold fascists accountable unless those in a position to take action are ready and willing to do so when necessary. Otherwise, can the American experiment really survive?

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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News and ideas worthy of discourse. Fundamentally informative and intelligently analytical.

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