The Threat to Democracy by Amanda Gorman

I found this quote through a friend of mine recently, which bests describe what is happening to our democracy at present. It’s from Amanda Gorman and it is based on what we had to endure during the Presidency of Donald Trump, as well as in Europe, where certain governments in the east have taken over and stripped people of their rights to a freedom of speech-namely in Hungary, Turkey, Poland and Belarus. The influence from China and Russia may have played a role in this, yet one should know how democracy has managed to prevail, even against the most brutal of regimes. We just have to take the Revolution of 1989 and the subsequent reunification of Germany, combined with the creation and expansion of the European Union as examples of how people fought for their rights to be heard. The elections of 2020 in the USA with Joe Biden winning it made a clear statement that democracy is not just for the privileged, it’s for everyone.

And with that, the quote:

We’ve seen a force that

would rather shatter our nation rather than share it,

would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

And this effort very nearly succeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed,

it can never be permanently defeated.

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Some food for thought here……

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