Even if we abandon Donald Trump, these forces will continue to strangle America

Each of us has been a journalist for over 40 years. We are old enough to remember the racism of George Wallace, the crimes of Richard Nixon and the stupidity that wasted vast amounts of blood and treasure in Vietnam and Iraq. But nothing has prepared us for the rampant criminality of this administration, or of a president for whom “cruelty is the point,” to use Adam Serwer’s memorable expression.

It is not since the Civil War that the nation has suffered such protracted, vicious and effective assaults against all the mechanisms that have given the pulse of the republic for 244 years. In a few days, we will learn if there is enough strength left in the arteries of our democracy to allow its rebirth.

If Republicans and their Russian allies cannot perform a hidden hack of voter boards in Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan, there is currently a reasonable chance that Joe Biden’s decency and intelligence will outweigh the breathtaking lie. of his opponent.

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