neverfail wrote: ↑Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:38 pmHi Izzy, - and thanks for posting the link. You saved me from having to do it.lzzrdgrrl wrote: ↑Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:52 amAn Indian perspective from AsiaTimes on this:
https://asiatimes.com/2021/01/the-day-a ... racy-died/
Without doubt, the US has been fundamentally weakened on the international stage.
It has become a hopeless task to try to restore American deterrence and prestige. Rival powers will see new vulnerability in the US. Even the US’ firmest allies in Europe are wondering why they should place trust in the trans-Atlantic alliance with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at its center when American politics has become so febrile.
From Asia Times' contributor and former diplomat M K Bhadrakumar's recent essay I take special note of his reference to Germany's tragic history. I recall within the last few weeks posting a reference to the Weimar Republic (1919 to 1933) failing to stop the rise of National Socialism until this cancer finally consumed its host:Yet in the case of the USA all may not be lost.Biden, a quintessential consensus maker who has described himself as a “transitional president,” is best qualified to address the root cause of the polarization in American politics before it turns into terminal malignancy.
The Europeans understand from their own history that the deeply flawed American variant of democracy can no longer represent and engage diffuse citizens, bringing them together for a common purpose, and politics is turning increasingly chaotic and despotic, and citizens and politicians feel threatened by executive overreach.
Foreign Minister Maas’ remark touches a raw nerve, but the future of American democracy may well depend on paying heed to Germany’s tragic history.
I truly hope that Bhadrakumar is absolutely right in that assessment of Biden and his potential for being the right man to lead America now and in the years to come. So much now rests on that mans shoulders.
(p.s. the USA will need to undertake decades of work to come in order to restore any credability as leader of the Western democracies.)
The Weimar republic was basically a failed state driven into extreme poverty due the the post war revenge taken out on it. Well lets wait and see how far into extreme poverty by the wacko Democrats