America Is Falling Apart. It’s Time for Those Who Care About It to Step Up.

The rapid pace at which the U.S. is crumbling is only matched by the growing hope among those in power that everything will be sorted out if Donald Trump is removed.

This, however, is wishful thinking at the highest level.

More than half a decade after Trump first came down the escalator, those running nearly every institution in America still don’t realize that he is a symptom of what’s going on in the country—not the cause.

Even worse, those in power are losing faith that the political system will remove Trump and resort to brute force. And now the criticism is not just of Trump or of those who stormed the Capitol and deserve it, but of all Trump’s voters as well. They have pushed the country to the brink of disaster by raising the ante.

If there are any cool heads left in American leadership, it’s time for them to step up.

The first casualty in the establishment’s war on Trump was free speech. The left now praises censorship over fighting for ideas. The new attitude is dangerous because some ideas are too risky. They should not be heard. This bizarre, un-American idea originated in the classroom. It is now a common view among American journalists and those who run the social media platforms where speech is conducted.

The problem is that suppressing ideas does not work. Good ideas can overcome bad ideas. The public must decide who is right and who is wrong. You can’t short-circuit this process by force. This tactic has been tried in many countries by authoritarian governments, but it has not proven effective.

The rule of law seems to be the latest casualty. No one in America should be above law. In recent years, many on the American left have opposed this idea. Many cities have seen an increase in crime as a result.

Democrats are suffering politically because they continue to latch onto these radical, crazy ideas. Most Americans agree that Trump should face consequences if he breaks the law in a significant way. Everyone knows that law enforcement and prosecutors have a lot of discretion in how laws are enforced.

A violation of classified documents regulations by a former president can lead to complications. This is because of the immense power the U.S. Constitution grants American presidents. If the public feels that those in charge are using their prosecutorial discretion for political purposes and that the laws are being administered unfairly, then the consequences could be catastrophic.

America is just one step closer to becoming a Third World Country if Hunter Biden gets a free pass for potentially violating major laws. If the Biden administration’s Justice Department unfairly went after the president’s biggest political opponent just months before elections, they need to give a full explanation.

The Biden administration amazingly does not seem to have considered this factor at all before conducting a mob-style raid of the former president’s home. For days, no explanation was given, and the vast majority of it was literally redacted. For what appears to most people similar behavior, the government has not yet explained why Trump was treated differently than Hillary Clinton.

Nobody can force the Biden administration into explaining in detail why it used means other than a mob raid and how it differs from Clinton’s treatment. Although there are court attempts to force answers to these questions they won’t succeed unless the administration wants them to.

The administration should desire to do this. If this is not politically motivated, you would expect them be willing to explain how and why. The most shocking part is the absence of an explanation.

All of this has pushed the national temperature to breaking point. In major U.S. newspapers, headlines now debate whether the country is heading for civil war. Politicians and activists bet on who will win.

The greatest country in history is literally crumbling. It’s time for those who care about America to step up. The current course is not sustainable.

The levers of government and media, corporate entertainment, media, and academic power are in the hands of those who have the most control. They have a clear choice about how to move forward. They must fight back and try to win the war of ideas.

Many of the policies that have benefited elite Americans don’t work for everyday Americans. That’s been the source of all the current political unrest. It all started with the financial crisis. The rise to an authoritarian China meant that elites became richer. This was good for ordinary Americans.

It’s time to engage in this debate, and so many others head-on. If mistakes were made, it’s time to admit it and find solutions. Those in charge of America’s leading institutions hold all the power. They can’t be forced to participate. They must be passionate about their country.

It is possible to ignore the root problems and hope to win by increasing the use of brute force. However, it will not work. It will only push a remarkable country further into the abyss.


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