These issues are not listed in order of importance but universal health care, a major hike in wages, free college tuition, student loan forgiveness, the protection and strengthening of government programs such as Social Security and Medicare, decent housing for all people, equality for all people, large tax increases on the wealthy and the rigorous implementation of environmental protection are some of what the American left needs to embrace if it wants to stay relevant.
Our country’s slide from a vulnerable, teetering democracy into a quasi-fascist state after the election of the despot Donald Trump was, of course, the biggest news event of 2017, providing both darkness and clarity when it comes to the American experiment.
When the real analysis begins years from now about the demise of the United States empire and its democracy, two major occurrences will be at the forefront of why the country collapsed.
In these turbulent times under Trump, more House Democrats could have sent a basic signal that they’re listening to their base of voters and voted accordingly. That they chose not to is not a good sign. A discouraged Democratic Party base, along with Republican gerrymandering and outright electoral corruption, will mean Democrats will lose again.
Here are 11 old and new reasons that taken together show why the United States is not currently a functioning democracy.
It’s not going to get better any time soon and, yes, this is how democracies die, and, no, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will not save us from ourselves and, make no mistake, all of us created this current appalling moment in our country’s history.