Democracy Bellwethers

John Johnson

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves”.  –Thomas Jefferson 

By John Johnson II

America’s democracy, as imperfect as it has been throughout its history, remains a banner for freedom and liberty for people throughout the world. The mantra that extols democracy’s virtuous tenets reads, “the pendulum of democracy swings ever so slowly towards a more perfect Union.” Yet, it’s the very attempts to nudge this pendulum forward and more hastily that triggers democracy’s greatest attacks.

It’s impossible to not remember democracy’s first bellwether, which was the Civil War of 1861. It decidedly ended slavery and preserved the Union. Two Centuries later, the second bellwether occurred. On January 6, 2020, a mob of insurrectionists violently attacked the Capitol Building and attempt to overthrow the government.

Even though thousands of lives were lost defeating the South, their soldiers received heartfelt Confederate leniency. Once again, our government appears more fearful of the fears of consequences that may result from indicting Trump.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is tempering its investigations. Nevertheless, the dangerous attack on Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of House, is symbolic of democracy’s third bellwether.

This bellwether represents an embolden, cynical, and dangerous attacker because it’s possibly the actions of a “lone wolf.” Even though quick actions by the police resulted with the attacker’s apprehension, this should send a chilling message to all Americans, especially Republican election deniers.

Regrettably, GOP officials such as Senator Cruz have spread misinformation and Republican candidate Kari lake has mocked Paul Pelosi’s attack. Further, it looks like (DOJ’s) fears of indicting Trump may increase democracy’s bellwethers, thus adding a poignant meaning to the phrase, “chickens have come home to roost.”


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