Paul Krugman: America Is Not Yet Lost // Economist's View
"it's going to be up to the American people":
America Is Not Yet Lost, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: Many of us came into 2017 expecting the worst. And in many ways, the worst is what we got.
Donald Trump has been every bit as horrible as one might have expected; he continues, day after day, to prove himself utterly unfit for office, morally and intellectually. And the Republican Party ... turns out, if anything, to be even worse than one might have expected. At this point it's evidently composed entirely of cynical apparatchiks, willing to sell out every principle — and every shred of their own dignity — as long as their donors get big tax cuts.
Meanwhile, conservative media have given up even the pretense of doing real reporting, and become blatant organs of ruling-party propaganda. ...
Yet I'm ending this year with a feeling of hope, because tens of millions of Americans have risen to the occasion. ... What we've seen ... is the emergence of a highly energized resistance...
Let's be clear: America as we know it is still in mortal danger. Republicans still control all the levers of federal power, and never in the course of our nation's history have we been ruled by people less trustworthy. ...
So we can't count on the consciences of Republicans to protect us. In particular, we need to be realistic about the likely results of Robert Mueller's investigation. The best bet is that no matter what Mueller finds ... Republican majorities in Congress will back up their president and continue to sing his praises. ...
So it's going to be up to the American people. They may once again have to make themselves heard in the streets. They'll certainly have to make their weight felt at the ballot box.
It's going to be hard, because the game is definitely rigged. ... Gerrymandering and the concentration of Democratic-leaning voters in urban districts have created a situation in which Democrats could win a large majority of votes yet still fail to take the House of Representatives.
And even if voters rise up effectively against the awful people currently in power, we'll be a long way from restoring basic American values. Our democracy needs two decent parties, and at this point the G.O.P. seems to be irretrievably corrupt.
Even at best, in other words, it's going to take a long struggle to turn ourselves back into the nation we were supposed to be. Yet I am, as I said, far more hopeful than I was a year ago. America is not yet lost.
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