How Do We Fix American Democracy?

Source: Rolling Stone - View Original Article
Published: Oct 16, 2020
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Bias Rating:

100% Liberal


Bias Score Calculation:

This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 100% Liberal:

  • 4 negative sentiments for Police funding
  • 6 negative sentiments for Electoral College
  • 3 negative sentiments for Criminal justice
  • 1 negative sentiment for Competitive Capitalism
  • 1 negative sentiment for Border Wall
  • 1 positive sentiment for Universal Healthcare


Policies:

Universal Healthcare
Competitive Capitalism
Criminal justice
Electoral College
Police funding

Sentiments

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99% "Activities and rhetoric that bring us together for deeper understanding can be great as long as they build that deeper understanding, Kleinfeld says.""
98% "Ultimately, you need both.""
97% "Twice as many Americans believe our democracy is getting weaker rather than stronger, according to the human-rights group Freedom House.""
59% "If it takes ending the filibuster -- meaning that only a simple majority, rather than 60 votes, would be needed to bring legislation to ..."
-56% "Ian Bassin of Protect Democracy says his group is studying this very question and exploring what form such accountability might take -- a special ..."
-81% "The most contentious question hanging over any democratic-renewal agenda is what to do about the past.""
-83% "Going into 2020, Republicans hold 60 percent of all state legislatures -- so even if Democrats controlled Washington, it is unlikely they would have ..."
-92% "A 2019 Gallup poll found that just four in 10 Americans had confidence in the honesty of their elections; the U.S. ranked 27th out ..."
-96% "He could replace every Trump crony serving as an inspector general with a public servant who actually wants to root out waste and fraud.""
-99% "And it could get much worse.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

44% : Ian Bassin of Protect Democracy says his group is studying this very question and exploring what form such accountability might take -- a special congressional committee, a truth-and-reconciliation commission, criminal prosecution -- that doesn't deepen the bitter tribalism that has divided the country.
19% : But as the arc of the moral universe does not bend toward justice on its own, democracy is not a perpetual motion machine.
59% : If it takes ending the filibuster -- meaning that only a simple majority, rather than 60 votes, would be needed to bring legislation to a vote in the Senate -- to ensure universal health care, affordable housing, and aggressive action on climate change, then "Democrats should play hardball politics, but with principle," Kazin says.
24% : The signs were plain to see: There was the contested 2000 presidential election, when the popular-vote winner did not win the Electoral College and five unelected Supreme Court justices settled the outcome.
41% : But many argue that the Trump years have laid bare weaknesses in our democratic system that demand bolder structural changes, such as ending the filibuster, reforming the Supreme Court, instituting ranked-choice voting, and abolishing the Electoral College.
28% : Watergate ushered in a wave of young, reform-minded lawmakers (the "Watergate babies") and a raft of new laws and agencies dedicated to clean elections, fighting corruption, and the impartial rule of law.
48% : Trump has been following the strongman playbook to a tee ever since he took office, calling for the imprisonment of his opponent, doling out government jobs to family members and pardons to political allies, lining his pockets with U.S. taxpayer and foreign funds spent at his properties, trying to fire a special counsel appointed by his own Justice Department, intimidating witnesses in criminal trials, and behaving in every way as if the rule of law didn't apply to him.
21% : "Democrats win when they make the argument about making capitalism more moral," says Michael Kazin, a Georgetown professor and historian.
31% : Or through dramatic if long overdue changes such as ending the filibuster, abolishing the Electoral College, and expanding the Supreme Court?
9% : John Bonifaz, a constitutional law expert and president of the liberal advocacy group Free Speech for People, says Obama's failure in 2009 to hold his predecessor's administration and the bankers accountable sent a clear signal that the rule of law only applies to some.
41% : Republican-led states would have little incentive to approve such an amendment, as the existence of the Electoral College has twice in the past two decades delivered their party the presidency without winning the popular vote (Trump and George W. Bush).
14% : he's committed," Bonifaz says, "then we only feed the idea that the rule of law is being destroyed and therefore those who want to can follow in his footsteps and engage in unconstitutional or abusive behavior in violation of the law.
47% : Abolishing the Electoral College, by contrast, would be much harder to accomplish, as it would require a constitutional amendment and thus a two-thirds majority vote of the U.S. House and Senate or the approval of two-thirds of state legislatures, and then the ratification of 38 out of 50 states.
43% : Berlusconi "bent the institutions of Italian democracy to his private needs," passing dozens of ad personam laws to protect himself from prosecution, Ben-Ghiat writes in her new book Strongmen:
9% : Prominent historians interviewed for this story agreed that the Electoral College is outdated and needs to go, but they split over whether it should take priority in a Biden administration.
24% : The bill would improve oversight of presidential pardons; outlaw self-enrichment by a president or vice president from domestic or foreign sources; prevent the abuse of presidential emergency declarations (like when Trump tried to bypass Congress to build his border wall); strengthen election laws to clarify that foreign assistance is illegal for federal candidates to accept; and make it harder to fire inspectors general for political purposes.
99% : "Activities and rhetoric that bring us together for deeper understanding can be great as long as they build that deeper understanding," Kleinfeld says.
98% : And while older Americans say democracy is a system worth preserving, greater numbers of young people are open to non-democracies and governments led by a "strong leader."
98% : But feel-good platitudes alone won't do much to rebuild the trust in our democracy.
98% : Ultimately, you need both.
97% : Twice as many Americans believe our democracy is getting weaker rather than stronger, according to the human-rights group Freedom House.
19% : The most contentious question hanging over any democratic-renewal agenda is what to do about the past.
17% : Going into 2020, Republicans hold 60 percent of all state legislatures -- so even if Democrats controlled Washington, it is unlikely they would have the muscle to pull two-thirds of the states with them.
8% : A 2019 Gallup poll found that just four in 10 Americans had confidence in the honesty of their elections; the U.S. ranked 27th out of 32 nations surveyed, above only Lithuania, Latvia, Turkey, Chile, and Mexico.
4% : He could replace every Trump crony serving as an inspector general with a public servant who actually wants to root out waste and fraud.
1% : And it could get much worse.

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