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Our glorious neighbour to the south is in the midst of one of the wildest presidential campaigns ever. Tuesday night will see the first debate, an encounter that has to be the most anticipated of its kind — ever.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has frequently offered evidence that he is not a modern Cicero. He has a problem staying coherent, even for short periods of time in situations of no great consequence. How will he perform for two whole hours under the greatest imaginable pressure, with questions from a press panel, along with President Donald Trump, a super-aggressive opponent who’s magnificently unpredictable?
Rush Limbaugh Baselessly Says Dwayne Johnson Was Paid by China for Biden Endorsement
Rush Limbaugh accused Dwayne Johnson of being paid by China for his endorsement of Joe Biden for president, saying the action star was just "pleasing his masters in China." "Dwayne Johnson's audience, just like LeBron James and all of these current pop culture icons, it is the ChiComs who are paying them. It is the ChiComs who own them. And it is the Chinese to whom they are loyal," Limbaugh said without evidence during his Tuesday radio show, using a derogatory term for Chinese communists or the Communist Party of China.
One of my favourite quotations comes from James Boswell, the peerless biographer of Samuel Johnson. Here are Boswell’s own words: “When I called upon Dr. Johnson next morning, I found him highly satisfied with his colloquial prowess the preceding evening. ‘Well, (said he,) we had good talk.’ BOSWELL: ‘Yes, Sir, you tossed and gored several persons.”
Trump is very much of the “toss and gore” school of debate, and a case could be made that what Tuesday night calls for is less a moderator and more a matador, with provisions made for a standby field hospital.
The stakes are of the highest and each contestant views the other with visceral contempt and savage scorn. It is very likely that Trump will schedule a full eruption (to change the metaphor) over what he regards (and I agree with him) as the duplicitous Democratic effort to paint him as a Russian plant and spy, and in every other conceivable way, stymie his presidency from the moment he won it.
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(Allow me a side note. Biden and various other high-level Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, are already trying to build a story line that Trump, should he lose, may not accept the election result. This comes as a Titanic-sized irony from any and all Democrats. The one persistent feature of Democratic politics since Hillary Clinton blew her second shot at the job has been the effort to deny Trump’s legitimacy, nobly aided by a grand swathe of the mainstream press. If Trump loses in a valid race, he will leave, and all this talk about how he won’t is pure projection from the Democratic side.)
The aspect of this election that should be causing the most profound concern is the nightly violence, riots and mayhem in the streets of America’s cities. These nightly disorders may have started with some justification over police violence. But their original purpose has been long abandoned, or perhaps better put, has been used as an excuse for destructive, menacing and violent street politics.
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We have been watching it unfold in some cases for nearly 100 days (in Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis). It serves as a dark counterpoint to normal democratic politics and will likely intensify as election day approaches. The response to these outbreaks has been curiously temporizing, with some municipal and state authorities affording an element of credibility to the anarchist displays (infamously, in the early days of CHAZistan, the mayor of Seattle referred to a coming “summer of love”).
The police have been deplorably painted as rotten to the core, the actions of a select few taken as characteristic of them all. And during most of the rioting, the setting up of camps, the arson and some killings, civilian authorities have been very reluctant, out of timidity or some vile notion of political advantage, to impose order.
It is a very dangerous moment in a democracy when violence and vandalism begin to take on even a sliver of legitimacy or normalization. It is a dangerous moment when a valid cause is manipulated or used as cover for trashing businesses, harassing citizens, torching buildings and rioting in the streets.
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President Trump said on Wednesday that he didn't know who the Proud Boys are, despite telling the SPLC-designated hate group to "stand back and stand by" when asked if he would denounce white supremacists and militia groups at Tuesday's debate. "I don't know who the Proud Boys are. You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down, let law enforcement do their work," Trump told"I don't know who the Proud Boys are. You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down, let law enforcement do their work," Trump told reporters on Wednesday.
American politics has slipped off the rails. The intensity of partisanship has, in modern times, never been higher. In such an environment, the idea that some cause has singular virtue — that it can permit elements of intimidation, physical confrontations and attacks on the police — may seem tempting, but it is never right.
We’ve learned much over the past six months or so about the nature of contagion, how fast it can spread and the damage it can do to individuals and society at large. Violence has its contagious properties, as well. Ignored, tacitly endorsed and endured for a while, it has a wicked capacity to leap over the taboos against it. It is also, for some, their favoured, if detestable, mode of public action. They like it because they do not value democracy.
Societies are built over a long time, with great effort, and are the culmination of myriad compromises and adjustments achieved in the school of often painful experiences. We rarely perceive, or put in the front of our minds, how fragile our political systems are and how vulnerable democracies are to assaults from within. We can lose what took generations to build in a single, careless moment.
This American presidential campaign is in part a test of the whole American system. It is not just some drama involving Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Much larger themes are at play, namely, whether egregiously anti-democratic tactics take hold, or ever have a place, in its polity.
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