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I've Hesitated to Call Donald Trump a Fascist. Until Now | Opinion
After last week the label seems not just acceptable, but necessary.But these are matters of surface decor. How did Trump relate to more profound social, political, economic, and cultural forces in American life? Like Hitler, among the first political leaders to master radio, Trump mastered electronic media like Twitter and won the support of America's largest television chain, Fox News. Like the fascist leaders Trump understood the deep disaffection of parts of society for traditional leaders and institutions, and he knew how to exploit a widespread fear of national division and decline.
On January 6, the U.S. Capitol was breached and an attack on the foundation of our democracy was live-streamed. The attackers were U.S. citizens who intended to thwart—with violence, if necessary—our democratic processes. The former president of the United States himself gave the insurrectionists their marching orders, encouraging them to threaten lawmakers as they counted votes for Presidentand Vice President .
It was enough to make the most ardent believer in America's resiliency feel disillusioned. But throwing up our hands is not the way forward. With President Biden at the helm, we have good reason to be hopeful that we can move forward and make real progress. In November, the American people chose a president with character, dignity, competence and respect for our country's ideals and institutions. A servant-leader who is actually interested in governing and enacting realistic solutions to our country's challenges. The American people also granted him aand a House he can work with without constant obstructionism.
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Crucially, Biden andcan now remind the American people what a functional government looks like. They can show disillusioned Americans - those who have lost trust in our leaders—that elected officials acting in good faith can make people's lives better. An organized, effective government can mitigate this pandemic, save lives and get us back to normalcy sooner. It can expand and protect our health care and get our economy back on track. Strong leadership can quell the unrest in our streets by sowing unity instead of division and addressing the concerns of every American.
But even the strongest political "dream team" can't right this ship alone. The American people will always have the most important role to play in maintaining our democratic ideals. We all know people who say, "I don't care too much for politics." But we can no longer shirk responsibility for our own democracy or pretend that our institutions will be fine without us all watching over them.
Blinken Wants Congress Engaged on Foreign Policy—But It Takes Two to Tango | Opinion
If Congress wants to be treated as an equal, it needs to do the job the Founders insisted on in the U.S. Constitution. The American people pay their lawmakers to make the difficult decisions that impact the overall strength, safety, and prosperity of the Republic. The only other alternative is rushed policymaking process—one the nation may come to regret.Daniel DePetris is a columnist at the Washington Examiner, a contributor to the National Interest and a fellow with the Defense Priorities think tank.The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
So how do we start?
First, we must acknowledge our reactions to the images flowing out of January 6—the outrage at seeing broken glass in the marble halls, the shame of seeing a Confederate flag fluttering in the rotunda, and the despair at the senseless violence and deaths. Don't become immune to that outrage because this can, and will, happen again if we don't act as our democracy's caretakers.
But then we must let our gut reactions and any desires to make this about "us" versus "them" subside in order to focus on the next right step: reimagining America. Is the America we want a divided, polarized nation, one that can be easily exploited by opportunistic, narcissistic leaders? Or is it a nation that recognizes her flaws and constantly seeks to address them? A nation that grows stronger and more resilient by including and drawing many in, rather than excluding and shutting out?
What do we write about when we write about America?
On the tenth anniversary of my column for Al Jazeera, I am submerged in the despair of the ‘American winter’.I am the darker brother.
In a reimagined America, as citizens, we each have a role.
Some of us will be charged with accountability. There are people still in power who failed this country by fueling the conditions for an insurrection. But if we are to rebuild a strong and healthy democracy, we must hold those political leaders who enabled this attack accountable. For this president, impeachment now. For those officials who took part, censure now, and defeat at the ballot box later.
Some of us will be charged with reform. For citizens, this means electing new leaders from diverse cultural, racial and generational backgrounds so our representatives in government truly reflect the makeup of our nation. For Congress, this should include campaign finance reform and term limits. For our justice system, this means acknowledging the racism baked into our structures, and then proactively replacing those structures with ones rooted in fairness.
Some of us will be charged with championing the truth. For our government this means protecting the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists. For business, it means examining the role they play in allowing disinformation to be spread or violence to be incited. For our citizens this means checking our facts and being responsible in how we share information. For our education system and for parents, it means ensuring our children can think critically and recognize when they are being manipulated with falsehoods.
The most jaw-dropping fashion statements of all time
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And lastly, all of us are charged with reminding each other that we do have the power to change the trajectory of this country. In fact, we are the only ones who do. This presidential election, the American people chose reason, empathy and progress over derision, division and anger. It was a vital first step. Now the real work begins.
Amy McGrath is a retired Marine Corps officer and F/A-18 pilot who rose to national prominence while running U.S. House and Senate races in Kentucky.
The views expressed in this article are the author's own.
Biden wants to triple protected lands .
Conserving 30 percent of land and 30 percent of ocean waters by 2030 would be a big win for the climate and biodiversity.Currently, only 12 percent of the country’s land and 26 percent of its oceans are protected, according to a 2018 report by the Center for American Progress. This was achieved by slowly expanding protected areas over the past few decades — until former President Trump took office. In his first year, his administration dramatically shrank two Utah monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — the largest removal of federal land from protection in US history, according to the New York Times.