Three questions about the state of our democracy - Opinion

Three questions about the state of our democracy

Joel Rubin | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53 am

Political power transitions are always shocks to the system. Our country’s democratic form of governance is both stable and unstable simultaneously. Stable, because the institutions that run the country — federal agencies, the courts and yes, even the media — don’t flip back and forth as often as our elected leaders. Unstable, because those in power can be easily displaced, and they have been at a dizzying pace for the past two decades.

Yet the election of 2016, because it was so unexpected, has pushed existential questions into our politics like never before. Was this election nothing more than a normal rotation of power, one that our democracy has experienced throughout its history, or is this time different? Is Donald Trump an anti-democratic figure who will upend the institutional parts of our democracy, rendering it unable to have peaceful transfers of power in the future? Will our democracy still be here for the next elections?

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