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The best thing that happened in 2020? American voters saved our democracy.

Some years are more important than others. The year 1929 and the start of the Great Depression. Then 1945 and the end of World War II. In 1968 we had a year of social unrest in the United States. More recently, we have experienced 2001 and the lasting memory of September 11th.

The year 2020 will join these years. We will never forget it. It was a year of unimaginable suffering, of lives lived as we never imagined, and at the end of a victory that will resonate for decades to come.

It is of course impossible to look back to 2020 and not think about the COVID-19 disaster and the administration’s criminal mismanagement of it. The scale of the human tragedy is unimaginable and the economic aftershocks have given themselves the lie. But in the midst of all of this, we must not lose sight of the fact that perhaps the most significant story of the year, especially in political terms, is that in 2020 the American people found themselves facing face to face with despotism, with the end of our democracy, and they rejected it.

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