Light and shadow on the American hill opinion

“Without unity there is no peace, only bitterness and anger. No progress, just exhausting indignation. There is no nation, just a state of chaos. We have to end this civil war. “
Joe Biden, sworn in on January 20, 2021

The United States is still the greatest power in the world, but in almost every way it is a declining, or at least decelerating, power.

The American problem had started before Trump. However, the four years of the worst presidency in 90 years have exacerbated this trend considerably. After the unfortunate populist and demagogic experience of seeing someone in the White House who did not hesitate to attack democracy out of sheer selfish interest in trying to preserve the power lost in the elections, America will be less dominant, less reliable in 2021 , less inspiring and much less prestigious.

There are many shadows that obscure the American lighthouse – but at the riskiest and scary moments its most remarkable promises are revealed. Fix this name: Joe Neguse, the revelation of “impeachment”. The young Colorado congressman, 36, and a refugee son from Eritrea, did an excellent job on recent allegations by the Democratic prosecutor. Deep and firm. Serious and inspiring. America’s strength is that even in the worst of moments, she always finds the best way to find the future.

The political moment in Washington DC seems to be in transition.

The first signs of Joe Biden’s presidency explain the reasons for voting: a clear majority of society longed for a return to possible normalcy. When he took office, Trump’s successor promised “to lead again by the power of example and not by the example of power”. The break with its predecessor couldn’t be greater.

Biden has managed to bring the temperature down and is building a “common sense majority” capable of overcoming the deep political, ideological, and beyond, identity breach that was the extreme example of the Capitol Invasion.

The unrest is evident.

Even after two months of electoral refusal, even after several dozen lost litigation, even after the Big Voters fully confirmed Biden’s victory in the States, Trump has 70% of the vote, even after confirming that election at the joint session on Capitol Hill 74 million Voters who voted for him continue to support him.

Seriously, three out of four Republicans still believe Trump won the election. But the “American disease” goes much further: one in six white people with higher education in America believes that the Capitol invasion can be justified “because the election was stolen.”

Soon after voting for absolution, Senator Mitch McConnell, chairman of the now Republican minority in the Senate, recalled a Solomonic behavior that says everything about the contradictions of a party in conflict with itself: “January 6th was one Shame. American citizens attacked their own government (…). Our compatriots beat up the police and bleeding some of them. You devastated the Senate. They tried to attack the speaker. They sang about the Vice President’s assassination. They were fueled by falsehoods brought to life by the most powerful man in the world – who was furious that he had lost the election. Former President Trump’s actions have been a shameful endeavor. “

McConnell’s duality is a whole program. It shows the “zigzags” that Republicans had to do during the Trump presidency. The same McConnell, who played the ex-president’s game in the Senate even in the most untenable moments (Charlotesville, Mueller Report, first “impeachment” over Ukraine), realized – so late – that with the invasion of the Capitol, accepting the unacceptable (but only in words, not in voting).

And he saw the lead role of Conspiracy Resist QAnnon Marjorie Greene, a Republican Congressman from Georgia, as a “red line” to act: “Whimsical lies and conspiracy theories are cancer to the Republican Party and the country.”

An internal war is open in the Republican Party, which is condemned to face the contradiction with itself: to legitimize Trumpism, which ended with the greatest attack on democracy, or to accept it as an official thesis? Is it possible that this dilemma exists without the formation of a new patriot party led by Trump with an identity and populist nature, or on the contrary, with the eventual withdrawal of the “moderates”?

Trump’s political survival will be more obvious than real. Although he won’t be prevented from running for president in 2024, the trial awaits

The decisions in the 2022 republican primaries will help us understand who will be stronger: the institutional wing of “classic” conservatism, led by Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, or the legacy of Trumpism that came with the Capitol invasion and electoral negationism, but viewed by a clear majority of the right as a legitimate advocate of the path that has dominated the Republican Party since 2016 (Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley). In between there are two names that need to be watched closely, perhaps the only ones who can build the possible bridge between two wings in this incompatible phase: Senator Marco Rubio for the great result of Trump in Florida and Nikki Haley, former ambassador for The United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki will be the only top figure accepted by the Trumpist sphere to maintain a “safe distance” (now reiterated by a letter saying it was time for the party without going on Trump).

Trump’s political survival will be more obvious than real. Although he will not be prevented from running for president in 2024, the trial awaits him: for the likely criminal consequences of the invasion of the Capitol (in the Senate it was only the political part), for the call to the Secretary of State of Georgia, um To urge that the outcome be reversed in this state (the investigation has already begun) and for corporate operations (which take place in the southern borough of New York).

While the indescribable invasion of the Capitol was taking place, Amanda Gorman, a luminous 22-year-old black poet who had already been selected, began reciting a poem at the inauguration, studying the final lines of The Hill We Climb (“The Hill We Climb “), whose writing began in December but had not reached a conclusion:” The hill we climb / if we have the courage / is because being American is more than the pride we have inherited / it is the past that crosses us / and how to fix it / we saw a force that shattered our nation / instead of dividing it / it would have destroyed our country if it had managed to reduce democracy / and continued that effort almost through (…) when the day comes We leave the shadow / with flame and without fear / the new dawn arises when we let go of it / there is always light / when we are so brave nd to see it / if we are brave enough to be. “

There are shadows that obscure the American hill, but the resilient light of this great land never goes out.

The author writes according to the new orthographic convention

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