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Editorial

Is Democracy Really in Danger in the U.S.?

I never imagined that the United States would reach the point of being so divided for partisan reasons. Never.

It was a given that elections would be held every four years, that the winner would take power in the country, the loser would go home and we would go on with business as usual.

And yet, the division has grown, greater than many of us thought was possible.

In short, some believe that if Biden wins, he will destroy America, crime will rise, the country will be filled with illegal immigrants and the economy will sink. And on the other side, some believe that Trump's re-election will mean the end of America as we know it, that even its very democratic state will be endangered.

Those of you who have done me the honor of following me over the years will know that I have referred several times to Thomas L. Friedman, the New York Times columnist. I do it because I consider him one of the most authoritative analysts.

I know that over time he has become increasingly critical of Trump.

But I did not imagine that he would reach the point he did in his column a couple of days ago.

I believe that we here at The National Herald have the duty to take into account the views of such commentators, whether we agree or disagree. I hope to be able to present one from the opposite side soon. The title of the article is “Will 2020’s election be the end of our democracy?”

He writes:

“Here is a sentence I never in a million years thought that I would ever write or read: This November, for the first time in our history, the United States of America may not be able to conduct a free and fair election and, should President Donald Trump be defeated by Joe Biden, have a legitimate and peaceful transfer of power.

“Because if half the country thinks their votes were not fully counted due to deliberate sabotaging of the U.S. Postal Service by this administration, and if the other half are made to believe by the president that any mail-in vote for Biden was fraudulent, that would not result in just a disputed election — not another Bush v. Gore for the Supreme Court to sort out — that would be the end of American democracy as we know it. It also isn’t hyperbole to say it could sow the seeds of another Civil War.”

Whether you agree or disagree, the mere fact that an experienced commentator like Friedman speaks of "another Civil War" should be of concern and a cause for us to worry!

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