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BecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseAmerican democracy willNOT survive 20241.2Can Americandemocracysurvive 2024?You decide!1.1DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:1. The "N" side gives several reasons to believe that Trump poses asignificant threat to American democracy. How persuasive do youfind this argument, and can you separate your answer from yourjudgment about Trump as a person?2. What are some useful comparisons between the US right now, andother countries and empires throughout world history?3. Do you trust the government to carry out a secure and fairelection in 2024? Why or why not?4. How can we restore the American people's trust in each otherand our major institutions?BACKGROUND:Major media outlets, such as the Washington Post,New York Times, and The Atlantic, have recentlypublished articles arguing that Americandemocracy is now under significant threat, moreso than most people realize.Meanwhile the University of Virginia releasedshocking polling results: 52% of Trump voters and41% of Biden voters strongly or somewhat agreethat it’s “time to split the country.”1.4American democracy willsurvive 20241.3The military remainsa firmly bipartisaninstitution which willnot be used in a coup2.4The loyalty of themilitary is to theConstitution and thelaws of the land3.8The US Constitution isstill intact2.5The US Constitutionpreserves democracy2.6The Constitutionincludes checks andbalances that limitpower and preventautocratic takeover3.9American democracyhas successfully facedmany significantchallenges in the past2.7American democracysurvived the Civil War,the Depression, andvarious other threats3.10The process of verifyingelection results andtransferring power is stillintact2.8Individuals withpower in the electionprocess continue tomake bipartisandecisions3.11Following the 2020election, sixty federaland state courts, andthe Supreme court(many of whosejudges were Trumpappointees) wereunanimous inrejecting Trump'sallegations of electionfraud4.6The 2020 electionresults were certifiedby electoral officialsof the 50 statesregardless of theirpolitical partyaffiliation4.7Congress approvedthe state-certifiedvote tallies for the2020 elections4.8Joe Biden wasinauguratedpresident withoutinterruption3.12The 2024 election willplace Americandemocracy underextreme stress2.1Donald Trump willmost likely be theRepublican candidatefor president in 20243.1Trump has repeatedlyinsinuated that he willrun for president in20244.1Trump could capturethe loyalty of 90% ofRepublican voters4.2Trump's candidacyposes a threat toAmerican democracy3.2Trump represents anational cult ofpersonality4.3Trump remainsincredibly popularamong Republicans,despite not followingthrough on many ofhis campaignpromises5.1Trump vowed to“completely repeal”the Affordable CareAct, but failed to doso6.1Trump promised tocreate at least 25million jobs, butcreated only 6.5before COVID6.2Trump's popularitydid not declinesignificantly amongRepublicans despitelying constantly,getting impeachedtwice, and inciting theJan 6 Capitolinsurrection5.2Even before he tookoffice, Trump dividedRepublicans andDemocrats more thanany incoming chiefexecutive in the priorthree decades, asmeasured by Pewpolls. The gap onlygrew morepronounced after hebecame president.5.3The followers of apersonality cult oftenbecome unflinchinglyobedient4.4Trump has alreadydamaged theintegrity of theelection process4.5On Jan 6 2021, A mobof Trump supportersstormed the Capitolbuilding in anattempt to stop theconfirmation ofelection results5.4Trump's rhetorichelped incite the Jan 6riot5.5Trump said at a rallythat morning, “We willnever give up. we willnever concede. Itdoesn’t happen. Youdon’t concede whenthere’s theft involved”6.3One in three localelection officials areconcerned aboutfacing harassment orpressure while on thejob and feel unsafe.5.6American society ishighly polarized, andpossibly gettingworse2.2A majority of Trumpvoters (52%) and astrong contigent ofBiden voters (41%)strongly or somewhatagree that it’s “time tosplit the country.”3.3A strong majority ofTrump voters see noreal differencebetween Democratsand socialists, and amajority of Bidenvoters at leastsomewhat agree thatthere is no realdifference betweenRepublicans andfascists.3.4Ordinary Americansincreasingly dislikeand distrust thosefrom the other party.Democrats andRepublicans both saythat the other party'smembers arehypocritical, selfish,and closed-minded,and they areunwilling to socializeacross party lines.3.5Polarization degradesdemocratic culture2.3When polarizationoccurs, society dividesinto political “tribes”3.6Political tribalismmakes people lesstolerant and less ableto forge consensuson even common-sense issues3.7

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