I don’t use the term eviscerate lightly by the way.
Courtesy of The Atlantic:
In the roughly 21 months since he took the oath of office, Trump has sunk far below the already-low bar he set for himself in his ugly campaign. Exhibit A is the unspeakable cruelty that his administration has inflicted on undocumented families arriving at the border, including separating children, some as young as eight months, from their parents. According to The New York Times, the administration continues to detain 12,800 children right now, despite all the outcry and court orders. Then there’s the president’s monstrous neglect of Puerto Rico: After Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, his administration barely responded. Some 3,000 Americans died. Now Trump flatly denies those deaths were caused by the storm. And, of course, despite the recent indictments of several Russian military intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016, he continues to dismiss a serious attack on our country by a foreign power as a “hoax.”
Trump and his cronies do so many despicable things that it can be hard to keep track. I think that may be the point—to confound us, so it’s harder to keep our eye on the ball. The ball, of course, is protecting American democracy. As citizens, that’s our most important charge. And right now, our democracy is in crisis.
I don’t use the word crisis lightly. There are no tanks in the streets. The administration’s malevolence may be constrained on some fronts—for now—by its incompetence. But our democratic institutions and traditions are under siege. We need to do everything we can to fight back. There’s not a moment to lose.
Clinton then lays out the five main assaults on our democracy that she has identified.
First, there is Donald Trump’s assault on the rule of law.
Second, the legitimacy of our elections is in doubt.
Third, the president is waging war on truth and reason.
Fourth, there’s Trump’s breathtaking corruption.
Fifth, Trump undermines the national unity that makes democracy possible.
This being Hillary Clinton you know that each one of these points is backed up with reams of data and numerous examples in order to drive home her point.
However, I would also assume that most of us here could probably fill out much of the data on our own, simply because we have been paying close attention as well.
Clinton also offered her solutions for moving forward, some of them are quite revolutionary:
A main area of reform should be improving and protecting our elections. The Senate Intelligence Committee has made a series of bipartisan recommendations for how to better secure America’s voting systems, including paper ballot backups, vote audits, and better coordination among federal, state, and local authorities on cybersecurity. That’s a good start. Congress should also repair the damage the Supreme Court did to the Voting Rights Act by restoring the full protections that voters need and deserve, as well as the voting rights of Americans who have served time in prison and paid their debt to society. We need early voting and voting by mail in every state in America, and automatic, universal voter registration so every citizen who is eligible to vote is able to vote. We need to overturn Citizens United and get secret money out of our politics. And you won’t be surprised to hear that I passionately believe it’s time to abolish the Electoral College.
That’s right, abolishing the electoral college. Can I get a Hallelujah for that?
The op-ed is quite powerful and I suggest that you all read it.
Of course, we know that since this is coming from Hillary Clinton that a lot of folks will simply dismiss it as sour grapes however that is to their detriment because the woman knows her facts and she expresses them with the kind of passion that many of us wanted to see more of during the 2018 campaign.