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Say It With Me: America’s Government Is Now Completely Illegitimate
Near the end of his new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore describes America as an aspirational democracy. Our founding fathers had some nice ideas, but as Colson Whitehead phrased it in his novel The Underground Railroad, our country in truth was built on a foundation of “stolen bodies working the stolen land.” During the first two-thirds of the 20th Century, we approached actual representational democracy, as first women and then African Americans (in the real, not just on paper, sense) got the vote. During the 21st Century, we're headed in the opposite direction. This started most egregiously with the 2000 election of George W. Bush, decided by Florida’s partisan Secretary of State and then a partisan Supreme Court. This has only worsened, with the Electoral College continuing to make a joke of presidential elections, gerrymandered deck-stacking against Democrats, and local district policies that exclude black votes.
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