"Preventing the end of the rule of law and the Republic is our most important job for the next eleven months." -- Joyce Vance, Civil Discourse, December 8, 2023
"The only thing that can check the authoritarian movement and save our democracy is sustained electoral defeat at the ballot box.By running moderate, centrist candidates, Democrats and the small rump of pro-democracy Republicans must beat MAGA. And we must do it for as long as it takes for the lesson to sink in." -- Sarah Longwell, political strategist, publisher of the neoconservative news and opinion website, The Bulwark, and founder of Republican Voters Against Trump
"As my colleagues have reported over the past year, Trump has made clear his stark, authoritarian vision for a potential second term. He would embark on a wholesale purge of the federal bureaucracy, weaponize the Justice Department to explicitly go after his political opponents (something he claims is being done to him), stack government agencies across the board with political appointees prescreened as ideological Trump loyalists, and dole out pardons to myriad officials and apparatchiks as incentives to do his bidding or stay loyal." -- Ishaan Tharoor, citing Post reporting; quoted in Steady newsletter, December 4, 2023
"American democracy is not guaranteed at this point in history. Take heed, all of us -- it's up to us to fight for what we've had, however imperfect a democracy it's been, and to then make it a better, stronger, and more equitable government / country." -- Irna Gadd, reader's comment, Steady newsletter, December 4, 2023
Historian Heather Cox Richardson tells how and why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was announced 75 years ago, on December 10, 1948, and its impact today. Photo is Eleanor Roosevelt with the declaration, courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library & Museum, via Wikipedia Commons.
Optimistic and lively - that's a recent conversation with historian Heather Cox Richardson and Tom Nichols as they discuss America and her new book, DEMOCRACY AWAKENING. We recommend this YouTube video.
“The long arc of history doesn’t just bend itself. We have to do the work of bending it.” -- Andrew Marantz, author and journalist
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