It’s been a year since a mob, in response to the drumbeat of Trump’s big lie, stormed the Capitol and threatened American democracy by trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.
Since then, these blind, frenzied Trump followers have put the United States at “real danger of civil strife and the loss of our precious democracy,” as former President Jimmy Carter put it in his New York Times op-ed, “I fear for our country.” democracy.”
Carter writes of politicians who “seek to win by any means, many Americans are persuaded to think and act in the same way, and threaten to collapse the foundations of our security and our democracy with astonishing speed.”
These forces exercise power and influence through the constant disinformation that continues to turn Americans against Americans. According to the Survey Center on American Life, 36 percent of Americans—nearly 100 million adults across the political spectrum—agree that “the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.”
“Our great nation is now teetering on the brink of a widening abyss,” Carter warns. “Without immediate action, we are in real danger of civil strife and the loss of our precious democracy. Americans must put aside differences and work together before it is too late.”