(CNN)There’s a natural human tendency to assume that politicians (and people more generally) exaggerate — especially when it comes to how bad things are at any given time. We are all prisoners of the current moment.
For example, when politicians decry the bitter partisanship in the Congress, students of history note that Sen. Charles Sumner was beaten by Rep. Preston Brooks with a cane on the floor of the Senate in 1856. Which, well, yeah.
So when President Joe Biden, in remarks at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day, said that “democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world” the natural reaction among many people is an eyeroll. Democracy in peril? In the United States? Really?
Yes, really. Consider where we are as a country:
* Senate Republicans just put the kibosh on a bipartisan commission that would have investigated the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.
* Former President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede defeat in the 2020 election. “Massive numbers of dead people ‘voted’ in the 2020 presidential election, far greater than anyone has known or seen
Yes, democracy *really* is in danger
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