See Jonathan Freedland, “Trump may be fading away, but Trumpism is now in the American bloodstream; He left in disgrace, yet all signs point to a third presidential run. And his disdain for facts is now an article of Republican faith,” The Guardian, August 6, 2021 (14:00 BST).
In these dog days of August, we would do well to remember that even in August the most fateful decisions, including decisions not to act, can have monumental consequences.
Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August regarding the onset of World War I.
In July and August 2012, during the Olympic Games, America and the West averted their eyes as Bashar al-Assad committed monstrous war crimes in his military assault on the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. Two years later, having observed the fecklessness of the West, Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops to invade the Crimea and then the eastern region of Ukraine.
“The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #70 (July 28),” The Trenchant Observer, July 28, 2012.
As Jonathan Freedland observes in his opinion piece in The Guardian today, Donald Trump is for the moment out of sight but he and his delusional Republican Party remain a grave threat to American democracy. Biden will be 82 in 2024, and Kamala Harris hardly looks like a candidate who could beat Trump or his Trumpist successor in 2024.
Even if Trump doesn’t run in 2024, Trumpism has infected the American body politic, and has turned the Republican Party into a truth-denying delusional cult of loyal Trump supporters.
A party which denies the results of the 2020 election, which supports the January 6, 2021 insurrection or refuses to denounce or investigate it, and which is not committed to democracy and the rule of law, represents a grave threat to our democracy.
The Democrats need to wake up and take on Trump directly by indicting him for the many serious felonies he appears to have committeed, prosecuting him, and putting him in prison.
As Freedland’s article suggests, the situation is far too dangerous to allow matters to drift.
We are in a life or death struggle for the future of democracy in the United States, and the sooner the Democrats wake up to that fact the greater will be the chances of victory by advocates of democracy and the rule of law.
The Trenchant Observer