Here’s Hoping for a Good Outcome, America!

James Israel, Here’s Hoping for a Good Outcome, America!

Editorial on our hopes for a good outcome to the election, from the November issue of the Humor Times, printed on 11/22/20.

We went to press before Election Day. We fervently hope – for the sake of democracy itself, not only here, but around the world – that voters did the right thing, and that election results were honored, and not hijacked by an increasingly out-of-control, authoritarian-leaning Republican Party. Here’s hoping for the only good outcome possible!

As the New York Times stated in this short excerpt from a stunning editorial section on October 16, 2020.

Mr. Trump stands without any real rivals as the worst American president in modern history. In 2016, his bitter account of the nation’s ailments struck a chord with many voters. But the lesson of the last four years is that he cannot solve the nation’s pressing problems because he is the nation’s most pressing problem.

He is a racist demagogue presiding over an increasingly diverse country; an isolationist in an interconnected world; a showman forever boasting about things he has never done, and promising to do things he never will.

He has shown no aptitude for building, but he has managed to do a great deal of damage.

If justice has been done, and the wannabee dictator is ousted, it will be a great day – but only a start. We will have a lot of work to do.

Not only must our democratic institutions be repaired and strengthened, but Congress (hopefully with the Senate wrested from the control of the utterly corrupt Republican Party) must pass laws codifying the centuries-old norms Trump plowed through without a second thought. It must not only restrain the ability of a rogue executive, but of the Supreme Court, which has grown much more powerful than our founders ever intended, and which has been packed by Republicans with hard-right judges who are totally out of step with the citizenry. Term limits should be set for the Court, along with other common sense reforms, such as these.


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