Is US democracy really under threat?



On January 6, the US capital, Capitol Hill, was attacked at the instigation of the incumbent President Donald Trump, who lost the election, his supporters staged this disgusting incident.

 They occupied the Congress building, vandalized and looted it. Five people, including a policeman, were killed in the incident. Many have called the incident unprecedented. 

It is true, there is no precedent in the recent history of the country. But this is not at all unprecedented. Similar attacks took place on the building in 1814 and 1861. 




The incident of 1861 is particularly significant. The attack took place on February 13 of that year. Abraham Lincoln won the popular vote three months ago.

 It was the day Congress approved the Electoral College vote for Lincoln. The attack took place with the intention of preventing that vote, as it did this time.

However, despite the attack, the credentials of the winner, Joe Biden, were not ruined. Rather the sharp opposite reaction has begun. 

Undoubtedly, in a democratic country like America, such an incident of extremist violence would have far-reaching effects. 

According to analysts, in last four years of Trump's rule, the United States has suffered more from this terrorist activity than it has suffered internationally. 

All responsibility for the attack rests solely with Trump and the impeachment process against him is set to begin again. Several members of his cabinet and White House staff have announced their resignations. 

The speaker of Congress has spoken to the army chief so that Trump cannot order the use of nuclear weapons. What could be more disrespectful than this for a ruling president? 

Seeing the situation as strange, Trump is accepting defeat and talking about handing over power.

After the attack on Capitol Hill, many saw it as a sign of the collapse of American democracy. Someone is saying, there is nothing left to learn from America. 

Undoubtedly, in a democratic country like America, such an incident of extremist violence would have far-reaching effects. 

According to analysts, in last four years of Trump's rule, the United States has suffered more from this terrorist activity than it has suffered internationally. 

This incident highlights the failure of the United States in the pursuit of democracy. The anti-Americans has already raised the question, whether the United States and others can speak for the ideals and practices of democracy. 

But the signs that the pace of US democracy is beginning to get stuck in the quicksand of muddy wetlands are not today. 

No matter how much the United States speaks of democracy, it has never been a matter of obscurity or concealment that the country has pursued a policy of injustice and coercion as the world's leader. 

A real example of Sylvester Stallone's Rambo-style carnage has been created in a series of U.S. power demonstrations, indiscriminate attacks, killings and looting in one country after another. 



As a result, the world has seen the face of a monster in the guise of democracy in the white form of America for the last 70 years. And this issue has affected American society and personal life for years. 

That is why a villain like George W. Bush Jr. and finally a Trump has been born in the democratic arena of that country. The collapse began on the day the country launched a military strike on Iraq under the false pretext of destroying the country. 

Afghanistan then became another killing field. Another slaughterhouse in the Middle East is Palestine. One injustice after another is happening there with the direct help of America on the Palestinian nation.

In this year's US election, it has become clear that the democratic heart of America is rotting. While the democratic forces desperately voted for Biden to stop Trump, the undemocratic forces did not back down.

 As it turned out, Trump received fewer votes than Biden did. In other words, undemocratic forces have advanced almost equally from within democracy. In Trump's four years, a large number of people have become racists. 

Those who used to hide racism are now getting a favorable environment to speak and act in public. Mafia-type white supremacist organizations have become increasingly vocal and active, not only in America but also in Europe. 

The position of racist political parties in the recent elections in European countries is getting stronger.

In such a scenario, there is no reason to hope that the spread of anti-democratic and racist violent mentality in America will come to an abrupt halt.

 Trump is the leader of the Republican Party, which has come out in support of all of Trump's misdeeds. No doubt, the party will continue its supports ; however, at least 15 people, including the top leader of the Republican Party in Congress, have said they will support Trump's impeachment process.

 In fact, the country's top media has expressed doubts about how effective it will be. Many party leaders, lawmakers and senators have shown their allegiance to Trump in the future, in opposition to Biden's victory in the Senate. 

So it is unlikely that the United States will return to the practice of tolerant democracy.

Even so, we don't see much reason to be frustrated with US democracy right now. Even if the collapse continues, the country is unlikely to become a dictator or a dictator like any other country in the third world. 

Disagreeing with those who fear the future of U.S. democracy in the wake of the Capitol Hill attacks, Trump's attempts to change the outcome of the election, the way he telephoned top officials in multiple states to declare him the winner, were unsuccessful. 


Concerned officials did not respond to his demand
. Who gave them the power to overturn a president's order? That is democracy. They knew that the country had a court of law and a judiciary. 

So they are not obliged to obey the unjust order of the President. All state courts, including the Apex Court, have dismissed all cases against Trump and his party. 

Apex court said there was no question of taking cognizance of these allegations without specific evidence of election fraud.

At the same time, keep in mind the power of the country's media. They are regularly publishing the number of lies told by the President of the country. 

The details of various misdeeds of the President are given in each report. The president is instructing on the telephone to change the result of the election. 

The newspaper is publishing the video of that telephone conversation. Recently, three such videos of Trump have been released. 

Some newspapers or electronic media have been the victims of lawsuits or harassment in order to reveal these facts. Serious threats have also come at various times. But the government could not shut down a single institution. 

The party workers could not attack the newspaper office or the journalist. The ruling party could not break the bones by beating them like a third world or Asian country. 

After telling the truth, the journalist did not have to fold his arms and say, "Forgive me, do not kill me, I will never publish the news again."

 This courage to tell the truth is the strength of democracy in the United States. So there is nothing to despair so quickly. 

Our firm conviction is that as long as there are principled people in the US administration, as long as there is the rule of law, as long as the independent media survives, so long will the democratic process continue. 


It is true that, the adverse effects of Trump's behavior will be felt all over the world and in his own country. In the meantime, the collapse of the democratic system around the world is clear.

 A huge democracy like India has become an extreme dictatorship. Religious intolerance and racism have reached deep into the society there.

 Incidents such as buying the top person of the Supreme Court for a reward have also come to light. But Trump could not buy election officials in America. 

Our firm conviction is that as long as there are principled people in the US administration, as long as there is the rule of law, as long as the independent media survives, so long will the democratic process continue. 

However, many American think tanks, including Washington's Freedom House, say that democracy around the world is now in decline. 

The latest issue of Freedom House's publication, 'Freedom in the World' is published recently. It says that in 2009 the country got 94 out of 100 on the basis of Freedom.

 The position was after Germany, Switzerland and Estonia. By 2020, the country has lost eight points of that freedom. 

A legal watchdog called Protect Democracy has similarly predicted the decline of democracy worldwide. "Democracy has declined in the world since 2005," it said.

This deterioration of democracy is an ongoing process. Maybe in the near future the world will have to be ready for a new world order.

 Any system other than democracy can be established. But at the moment there is no reason for US democracy to collapse.



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