Will Democracies Work? Should the US Be an Autocracy?
Joe Biden raises the question
Today we take a pause on our series on key issues for the 2022 legislative session to focus on another key issue.
Do we have a fundamental issue in America? Can the US remain a democracy?
I won’t answer, but I will tell you what Joe Biden has said. And the worry he’s having in his moments of clarity.
While Joe Biden has spent much time talking about Democracy he openly questioned it his press conference on Wednesday January 19, 2022. While the media hasn’t paid much attention to it, I’d like to quote Mr. Biden:
"And so this is a real test — whether or not my — my — my counterpart in China is right or not when he says autocracies are the only thing that could prevail because democracies take too long to make decisions and countries are too divided.
I believe we’re going through one of those inflection points in history that occurs every several generations or even more than that — even more time than that, where things are changing almost regardless of any particular policy.
The world is changing in big ways. We’re going to see — you’ve heard me say this before — we’re going to see more change in the next 10 years than we saw in the last 50 years because of technology, because of fundamental alterations and alliances that are occurring not because of any one individual, just because of the nature of things.
And so I think you’re going to see an awful lot of transition. And the question is: Can we keep up with it? Can we maintain the democratic institutions that we have, not just here but around the world, to be able to generate democratic consensus of how to proceed?
It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be hard, but it requires — it requires leadership to do it. And I’m not giving up on the prospect of being able to do that."
It seems Mr. Biden is very concerned about whether Democracies work.
And with is multiple court losses on Constitutional issues it seems he doesn’t like to be bound to traditional notions of the Constitution and Democracy.
It’s an issue worth monitoring as all of the important legislative work we are pushing depends on a democratic system to allow the will of the people to happen.
Stay tuned. Baring other breaking news we plan to return to our key legislative focus in our next posting/email.
NOTE: While legal issues are discussed this is education and is not legal advice. It is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Please consult your own attorney on your situation and to get legal advice about your circumstances. Courts are unpredictable may disagree with the author’s opinions.
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