Clarke County Democrat

Editor’s Notes

Is democracy in danger?
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I worry about things I have absolutely no control over. I worry about Clarke County’s diminishing population and the steady drain of our best and brightest to other parts of our state and nation. I worry about our country, torn apart by partisan politics. I worry about the partisan politicians who fan the divide, usually for their own selfish interests.

I worry about the apathy of so many citizens. Civic and community involvement is at an all-time low. People will quickly tell you not to ask them to do anything, their personal time is too valuable to bother with the larger community.

And now I have something else to worry about, something that I knew was happening but I didn’t have any proof of. Now a new poll backs up my fears.

A New York Times/Siena College poll notes the large number of voters from all political persuasions who believe the lies perpetuated by Donald Trump and adopted by his disciples that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” even though that has been disproven many times over.

A shocking 39% of all voters say they are open to vote for candidates who stand on such a false platform.

And a whopping 71% of Republicans say they would be comfortable voting for a candidate who thought the election was stolen. To make it worse, more than one third, 37%, of independent voters said the same thing and even 12% of Democrats believe such foolishness.

It is some comfort that 71% of all voters believe that democracy is at risk but discomforting that only 7% see that as the most important problem facing the country.

Read that again. The very core of our nation is at risk but only a smattering of people believe it is important.

Your house is on fire but you don’t think it is serious enough to turn on a hose and try to put it out?

It only gets worse.

Many voters said they could support a president who worked “outside of existing rules” and a third said they would be OK with one who “might flout the rules.” This sentiment wasn’t just from one political party or belief.

Back to the issue of a democracy in peril, many said they were more concerned about the economy and their own financial well-being.

I suppose Adolf Hitler could run the country if inflation was low enough and the price of gas was $2 a gallon and no one would complain.

Around the world there is a growing acceptance to authoritarian rule as right-ofcenter and far right groups continue to gain footholds in government in different countries.

I never thought I’d see it in the United States of American and hopefully we are still a ways away from that happening.

It is one more thing to keep me awake at night.

Jim Cox is editor and publisher of The Clarke County Democrat. Email him at jimcox@tds.net.

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