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DECLINING FAITH IN DEMOCRACY? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? For the last year, we’ve seen one article after another, and one cable TV segment after another, telling us that American democracy is in crisis. The source of that crisis, we are told, is a hard core of the Republican Party that believes the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Joe Biden, therefore, is not a legitimate president.
It’s true that a significant number of people do not accept the results of the election. But is that something new, as the Trump-focused analyses would have us believe? No, it is not. Yes, these days, it is Republicans who doubt the results of a presidential election. But just a few years ago, it was Democrats. A lot…