After the events at the Capitol the other day, I’ve heard a lot of commentary about how this was an assault on Democracy, and more importantly, how American Democracy has been on the decline, and this might be how it ends.
I got to wondering- when WAS it not in decline? At what point was it robust, representative and free? \
I’d argue that it’s never been perfect or in decline, and has always been flawed in one way or another- low voter turnout has perpetually been an issue, corruption of various sorts were the norm in the first couple of centuries, as was disenfranchisement of various groiups, and the existence of alternative news is a modern problem it faces. None of that makes it “in decline”, just flawed and facing challenges.
What do you think?