This past weekend 2024 Republican presidential candidates, Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence and Donald Trump were all in North Carolina. Could that be why I’ve been having an issue with air quality?
In my mind the decisive battle of World War II was D-Day and today is the 79th anniversary of the landing on the beaches of Normandy. Nazi Germany was trying to destroy democracy anywhere it existed on the globe certainly including in America. The Nazis wanted to replace democracy with right wing authoritarianism. The clearest threat to American democracy today is the American radical right wing which has largely taken over the Republican party. I think it’s most potent attack on democracy was thwarted last week. But we are far from out of the woods and I’d like to briefly explore that topic today.
Normally the subject of my Sunday article is the biggest political story of the week just passed. Internationally anyway, the biggest story of this week, although not unexpected, broke this Sunday. Recep Erdogan was reelected to a five year term as President of Turkey. I doubt most Americans even noticed but the international implications could be huge.
I just added The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible by Luke Mogelson to the Recommended Reading List. It is the best effort to date combining the extremist influences on American politics and the possibility of a second civil war. It outlines the rise of authoritarianism in America and the danger it poses.
Three “companion” books already on the list are: Fascism by: Madeline Albright, Strongmen by Ruth Ben-Ghiat and How Civil Wars Start by Barbara F. Walter.
There is no need to make things up (unless you are a present day Republican trying to justify your position) because the truth gives you more material than you can possibly cover in five op-eds a week. If you haven’t figured it out by now today’s article is another catch up attempt.