A Quickie: The American Democracy Is Intact Our Social Norms Have Held

As much as I have feared acts of violence during the election, I am relieved that there have been so few real incidents during the vote and the count. We’ve endured rat-fucking disinformation by amateur and Russian intelligence personnel alike. We’ve endured armed groups roaming the polls. We’ve endured public calls to violence by the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and his sycophants. But, through the voting and counting, there were protests and demonstrations but no real violence.

Just like at the beginning of the Great Depression, the American people have expressed themselves through their vote and not through violence in the street. Remember, that the Stock Market Crash of 1929 occurred at the beginning of Hoover’s term, so it would be four years until the next opportunity to elect a new president. There was palpable fear of a Communist revolution, but, Americans did not revolt. We waited and suffered and hoped until the next election and brought in FDR and the New Deal — the biggest victory of American progressives in US history.

The American people did not descend into chaos and violence despite the exhortation of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and his Russian bot allies. We waited until the election. We followed our social norms and customs of democracy. Democracy is part of the fabric of America, it is part of our deep culture. It is instinctual. It is as if we have said, Of course, we’ll hold an election to decide the direction of the country. How else would we change directions?

The GOP and the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s authoritarian attempts did not work. Their calls for non-democratic actions were not heeded.

We can be proud and relieved, but the fight for our democracy is not over. The GOP still abhors democracy, but that is another blog post. For today it is enough to celebrate our democracy. And be vigilant to protect the peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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“Hall of Democracy” by national museum of american history is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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  1. Given all the bluster and posturing and gun toting over the last months and years, it is rather amazing it has been so peaceful so far. Now everybody get to wait and watch the Trump crew file suit after suit after suit trying to change a few votes and the GOP sit silent and let them go through the motions (triple meaning there: the physical, the rhetorical, and the legal). And, maybe the Trump base folks allow their blood pressure go down to baseline, maybe.

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    • Howdy Bob!

      As painful as the counting of votes was and is I think it was important to do so that people will accept the results as fair and accurate. So far, surveys of Trump voters indicate that the majority are willing to accept the outcome of the election. That can change with the right application of propaganda, though. Interestingly, Trump’s current line of propaganda doesn’t seem to be working as well.

      The same for Trump’s law suits. If he feels compelled to file them, then I think having them go forward is important. Most have no merit and will not advance through the court. Several have already been dismissed by Republican appointed judges.

      Just like in a personal relationship, everyone needs to feel that it is fair. To achieve that grievances must be heard. They don’t need to be acted upon, but heard fairly and considered on their merits.

      The problem is the social support for Trump’s conspiracy theories and his wild claims coming through social media and Fox News. There is an interesting “war” of sorts going on at Fox News with Judge Jeanine having her show yanked for planning on expounding on Trump’s voter fraud lies but Newt Gingrich going on the Sunday talk show and doing the same. So, we’ll see.


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      • I don’t envy any person or organization that has to figure out whether or not to stop supporting Trump and if supporting, how far. They all hitched their star to him, so the punishment fits the crime (In my youth I had recordings of The Mikado and HMS Pinafore and almost memorized both.)

        Letting the legal challenges go on is probably the best way to give the public time to cool off, along with the very public acceptance by most of the rest of the world that Biden really has won.

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