No, American Democracy Isn’t Dying
We’ve all seen the think pieces — Donald Trump and his candidacy represent the end of American democracy as we know it. His stunning refusal to accept potential defeat and concede on Election Night — a staple of the peaceful transfer of power that is central to the American electoral system — was at best dangerous, and at worst a serious attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the next President.
He has taken the presidential election process and flipped it upside down, ripped it to pieces, danced on its grave, and laughed all the while.
His campaign talks openly about WikiLeaks and rigged elections. Trump’s strongest supporters are threatening revolution should Hillary Clinton win the White House. Even elected Republicans are endorsing and then un-endorsing their candidate.
Meanwhile, Democrats are ecstatic over the current implosion of the Trump campaign. As early voting gets underway across the country, the most pressing question is not whether Hillary Clinton wins; it’s by how much.
At this point, then, Trump is trying to discredit the process that is emphatically rejecting him. He stoops to new lows everyday, hoping to discredit a Clinton presidency before it begins. Surely he is toying with the destruction of the American electoral system.
Here we are, two weeks out from Election Day. We’re still standing, moving towards the peaceful transition from one Administration to the next.
There’s no threat to American Democracy.
The election is not rigged.
A revolution is not coming.
Instead, we are finally coming to terms with the cult of personality that gave rise to this era of division. What began with Sarah Palin in 2008 is slowly on its way out with the Trump campaign and his style of politics.
The American voters are summarily dismissing his approach. They will not stand for his nativism, his bigotry, his misogyny, or his sheer dismissal of the Constitution. They will not stand for someone who does not share their belief in the American Dream.
A Clinton administration will have a unique opportunity to bring our country together. Perhaps now our congressional leaders will put country above party and reject the divisiveness that gave rise to Trump. Perhaps now our political discourse will be based on common sense solutions, not personal attacks. Perhaps now our democracy will stand stronger than ever before.
A small margin of victory will not suffice. The American people must wholly refuse the hatred and pessimism of Donald Trump and his campaign. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will then be forced to finally listen to the American people and change the direction of the post-Trump Republican Party.
A tall racist man with hair plugs will not bring down an electoral system 240 years in the making. We will emerge stronger than ever on November 9th, standing together as one people committed to improving a country that is already great.
The voice of the American public will be loud and clear. They will demand a return to civility, a break from bitter partisanship, and a renewal of our common commitment to seeking a more perfect union.