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Threats to American Democracy
Sep 18, 2022

“‘A Crisis Coming’: The Twin Threats to American Democracy,” David Leonhardt’s thorough New York Times report, concludes that “American democracy has never faced a threat quite like the current one.”

Among a variety of problems such as the constitutional overweighting of small states, he also blames current political trends, quoting Steven Levitsky, co-author of the book “How Democracies Die”:

By any indication, the Republican Party — upper level, midlevel and grass roots — is a party that can only be described as not committed to democracy.”

As for Pennsylvania, this chart is disturbing, putting PA’s R legislators among the most democracy-denying in the country:

Just as disturbingly, R nominee Mastriano took an active role in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential vote and hopes as Governor to take over the election process, including decertifying precinct results not to his liking. In true Trump fashion, Mastriano won’t even say that he will accept an electoral loss this year.

Only massive repudiation by voters on Nov. 8 will return the PA R party to a democracy-affirming path.

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