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This solemn moment could signal America’s renewal or its ruin

CNN called this a “solemn” moment. The impeachment — again — of Donald Trump is about the soul of America.

It is more accurate to say it is a reflection of the damaged soul of America.

While news networks and political pundits cast this historic moment as renewing and upholding democracy, the truth is American democracy looks like a sham — a rigged game played by Washington elites.

America is a tribalised society, fractured along class, race and culture. One thing they do agree on is that politics is the problem.

There are some who would say this second impeachment is proof the system works. It is instead a system trying to catch up.

Catch up on the main news in US politics from January 14 with our blog

The system that delivered us Trump is now trying to rid itself of him.

But the impeachment of Trump only reveals how deep this cancer is. Ten Republicans voted to impeach but the Republican Party overwhelmingly stands with Trump. Trumpism is alive.

The nation’s capital looks like Baghdad: heavily armed military on street corners. There are more American troops in Washington DC than in Afghanistan.

History is made today, and it underscores that our world is at an historic juncture. The post-American world is coming increasingly into view.

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The House of Representatives votes to impeach Donald Trump for a second time.

A creation of America

Trump is less an aberration and more a creation of an America poisoned with opioids, bad food, cheap television; resentful, hopeless and angry.

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The Black Lives Matter movement reminds us that the American Dream has excluded African Americans who suffer police violence and are the most imprisoned and impoverished people in the country.

Not even the election of the first black President, Barack Obama, changed that. His faith in a post-racial America never rang true.

Poor whites feel like their country has abandoned them and turned to a lying, Manhattan real estate, reality television huckster for salvation.

To steal a line from the black American writer James Baldwin, politics has the meaningless ring of a hollow drum and the odour of slow death.

The path to this moment

Is this where the American century ends? A disgraceful president now in disgrace — again?

America has told us it is exceptional: a “beacon of democracy” that has drawn people the world over.

The US has been the world’s greatest power since the end of World War II, but it has been as much myth as reality — a potent myth, but a myth just the same and one that has been rapidly unravelling.

Americans have endured decades of terrorism, war, economic collapse, now a devastating virus that leads us to this moment: a president impeached for inciting violence and threatening democracy.

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Donald Trump has issued a statement urging supporters not to commit any more violence.

Renewal or ruin?

Democracy globally is in retreat and authoritarianism is on the rise. As Harvard University professors in government Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt remind us democracies die in war, but they also die at the hands of elected leaders, “presidents or prime ministers who subvert the very process that brought them to power”.

Read more about the fallout from the US election:

They warned about Donald Trump’s attack on the institutions of democracy and fear that the United States will abandon its role as democracy promoter.

But don’t think this started with Trump, as they write: “The soft guard-rails of American democracy have been weakening for decades.”

At the same time China has arrived as a truly authoritarian superpower on track to soon usurp the US as the biggest economy in the world.

Australia is already discovering what that means. The United States has declared China its greatest security threat and it meets this threat at a time of weakness.

The CNN pundits are right, this is a solemn moment. It could signify American renewal. It could just as well signify American ruin.

Posted 9hhours agoThuThursday 14 JanJanuary 2021 at 1:03am, updated 2hhours agoThuThursday 14 JanJanuary 2021 at 8:53am

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This solemn moment could signal America’s renewal or its ruin

CNN called this a “solemn” moment. The impeachment — again — of Donald Trump is about the soul of America.

It is more accurate to say it is a reflection of the damaged soul of America.

While news networks and political pundits cast this historic moment as renewing and upholding democracy, the truth is American democracy looks like a sham — a rigged game played by Washington elites.

America is a tribalised society, fractured along class, race and culture. One thing they do agree on is that politics is the problem.

There are some who would say this second impeachment is proof the system works. It is instead a system trying to catch up.

Catch up on the main news in US politics from January 14 with our blog

The system that delivered us Trump is now trying to rid itself of him.

But the impeachment of Trump only reveals how deep this cancer is. Ten Republicans voted to impeach but the Republican Party overwhelmingly stands with Trump. Trumpism is alive.

The nation’s capital looks like Baghdad: heavily armed military on street corners. There are more American troops in Washington DC than in Afghanistan.

History is made today, and it underscores that our world is at an historic juncture. The post-American world is coming increasingly into view.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.Play Video. Duration: 28 seconds

Play Video. Duration: 28 seconds

The House of Representatives votes to impeach Donald Trump for a second time.

A creation of America

Trump is less an aberration and more a creation of an America poisoned with opioids, bad food, cheap television; resentful, hopeless and angry.

Got a question about the 2020 US election?

Send us your questions, thoughts, and stories about the 2020 US election. Your question will help guide our coverage.

Read more

The Black Lives Matter movement reminds us that the American Dream has excluded African Americans who suffer police violence and are the most imprisoned and impoverished people in the country.

Not even the election of the first black President, Barack Obama, changed that. His faith in a post-racial America never rang true.

Poor whites feel like their country has abandoned them and turned to a lying, Manhattan real estate, reality television huckster for salvation.

To steal a line from the black American writer James Baldwin, politics has the meaningless ring of a hollow drum and the odour of slow death.

The path to this moment

Is this where the American century ends? A disgraceful president now in disgrace — again?

America has told us it is exceptional: a “beacon of democracy” that has drawn people the world over.

The US has been the world’s greatest power since the end of World War II, but it has been as much myth as reality — a potent myth, but a myth just the same and one that has been rapidly unravelling.

Americans have endured decades of terrorism, war, economic collapse, now a devastating virus that leads us to this moment: a president impeached for inciting violence and threatening democracy.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.Play Video. Duration: 2 minutes 30 seconds

Play Video. Duration: 2 minutes 30 seconds

Donald Trump has issued a statement urging supporters not to commit any more violence.

Renewal or ruin?

Democracy globally is in retreat and authoritarianism is on the rise. As Harvard University professors in government Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt remind us democracies die in war, but they also die at the hands of elected leaders, “presidents or prime ministers who subvert the very process that brought them to power”.

Read more about the fallout from the US election:

They warned about Donald Trump’s attack on the institutions of democracy and fear that the United States will abandon its role as democracy promoter.

But don’t think this started with Trump, as they write: “The soft guard-rails of American democracy have been weakening for decades.”

At the same time China has arrived as a truly authoritarian superpower on track to soon usurp the US as the biggest economy in the world.

Australia is already discovering what that means. The United States has declared China its greatest security threat and it meets this threat at a time of weakness.

The CNN pundits are right, this is a solemn moment. It could signify American renewal. It could just as well signify American ruin.

Posted 9hhours agoThuThursday 14 JanJanuary 2021 at 1:03am, updated 2hhours agoThuThursday 14 JanJanuary 2021 at 8:53am

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