Our executive branch is indeed dominating (one of Trump’s favorite verbs) our legislative branch. Laws such as the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act with 10-year sentences for vandalizing monuments are being employed to pacify dissent. Unidentifiable federal agents kitted out like Star Wars stormtroopers are flooding American cities also with the intent of squashing protests through violent “rigid control.”
Unlike Russia, we have an opportunity at this November’s elections to begin what will be an arduous ascent back toward democracy. But this time, we need to discard those false illusions of what America stands for and, instead, imagine a democracy truer to its original intent, one that offers equal voice and opportunity to all, no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status.