Mitch McConnell: Gravedigger of Democracy

Dec 2006
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Godwin's Law has been suspended for the duration of this emergency.

If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in Weimar, congressional gridlock in the US has diminished respect for democratic norms, allowing McConnell to trample them even more. Nowhere is this vicious circle clearer than in the obliteration of traditional precedents concerning judicial appointments. Systematic obstruction of nominations in Obama’s first term provoked Democrats to scrap the filibuster for all but Supreme Court nominations. Then McConnell’s unprecedented blocking of the Merrick Garland nomination required him in turn to scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in order to complete the “steal” of Antonin Scalia’s seat and confirm Neil Gorsuch. The extreme politicization of the judicial nomination process is once again on display in the current Kavanaugh hearings.

One can predict that henceforth no significant judicial appointments will be made when the presidency and the Senate are not controlled by the same party. McConnell and our dysfunctional and disrespected Congress have now ensured an increasingly dysfunctional and disrespected judiciary, and the constitutional balance of powers among the three branches of government is in peril.
The next two years are going to be very interesting, no matter what happens in midterms. And I mean interesting in the "ancient curse" kind of way.

Alongside the erosion of an independent judiciary as a check on executive power, other hallmarks of illiberal democracy are the neutralization of a free press and the steady diminution of basic human rights. On these issues, often described as the guardrails of democracy against authoritarian encroachment, the Trump administration either has won or seems poised to win significant gains for illiberalism. Upon his appointment as chancellor, Hitler immediately created a new Ministry of People’s Enlightenment and Propaganda under Joseph Goebbels, who remained one of his closest political advisers.

In Trump’s presidency, those functions have effectively been privatized in the form of Fox News and Sean Hannity. Fox faithfully trumpets the “alternative facts” of the Trump version of events, and in turn Trump frequently finds inspiration for his tweets and fantasy-filled statements from his daily monitoring of Fox commentators and his late-night phone calls with Hannity. The result is the creation of a “Trump bubble” for his base to inhabit that is unrecognizable to viewers of PBS, CNN, and MSNBC and readers of The Washington Post and The New York Times. The highly critical free media not only provide no effective check on Trump’s ability to be a serial liar without political penalty; on the contrary, they provide yet another enemy around which to mobilize the grievances and resentments of his base. A free press does not have to be repressed when it can be rendered irrelevant and even exploited for political gain.
It's a very long article, but worth the read.

Full length article: The Suffocation of Democracy (New York Review of Books)

Commentary and selections: Holocaust Expert Sees Mitch McConnell As America’s “Gravedigger Of Democracy” - The Intellectualist
May 2012
By the wall
Can you explain to us what lack of civil liberties you have because according to the article we are practicing illiberalism.

So tell us what civil liberties Trump has yanked away from you since he's been in office.

Can't wait to hear this.
Likes: excalibur
Dec 2014
The Milky Way
We are a democratic republic - as opposed to an undemocratic republic - and therefore it matters when democracy is undermined.

Please illuminate where the word democratic appears in the Constitution.

Mr. Pen and Phone, now that was undermining the Republic. And that is often how America is referred to, the Republic. Who refers to her as the democratic republic?
Nov 2013
Please illuminate where the word democratic appears in the Constitution.

Mr. Pen and Phone, now that was undermining the Republic. And that is often how America is referred to, the Republic. Who refers to her as the democratic republic?
Task 1: click on the link below, read through as many result as your attention span can handle.

democracy definition - Google Search

Task 2: revisit your civics class.

A Democracy is defined by the democratic principles applies to a country's government, and election system. It does not require the word in it's name, or constitution, in order to base it's government on democratic principles, and therefore being, by definition a democracy.

East Germany, called itself "German Democratic Republic".. it had Democratic right there in it's name, and was as far from it as imaginable.