By JosÃ© NiÃ±o *
From those who view America as a hopelessly racist nation to those who think the 2020 election was stolen, Americans are losing faith in the political system at a remarkable rate.
For two consecutive elections, the Americans have questioned the legitimacy of the election results. Although the Russiagate drama was a farce, the fact that a substantial part of the American electorate cast doubts on the results of an American election – a sacred process that is seen as incorruptible – illustrates how the United States enter unknown waters.
Additional fuel is added to the fire when looking at how two-thirds of Republican voters believe the 2020 election was rigged. Regardless of the merits of each side’s claims regarding the integrity of the electoral process, mistrust of the way elections are conducted is now a shared and bipartisan grievance.
Almost taken for granted in the past, election results in the United States are no longer considered legitimate. The United States is stepping out of its “exceptional” status and becoming just another country on the world stage; one more like a banana republic plagued by crime, economic instability and institutional uncertainty. With national divorce entering the conversation, state separatist movements, and growing discussions of an Article V convention, Americans are increasingly losing faith in the political system. It is no exaggeration to say that America is going through a crisis of legitimation.
The very fact that the ruling class has feverish dreams of armed Donald Trump supporters taking power if Trump loses in the 2024 election shows that the ruling class’s grip on reality is precipitously diminishing. This behavior is the prerogative of a political order on the ropes.
The ruling class has previously described the storming of Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 as an attempted coup threatening American democracy. Over the past year, opportunistic politicians and national security figures have used the January 6 incident as a pretext to launch a national war on the crackdown on terrorism against the alleged threat of right-wing extremism. The same Color Revolution scenarios the United States and its junior partner Britain are helping orchestrate overseas, which use hotly contested elections as stepping stones for external subversion, are making their way home. This subversive scenario could be used again in 2024 if the presidential election that year produces an undesirable outcome for the political establishment.
The establishment’s mask comes off and as the days go by, their insipid talk about protecting the sanctity of democracy grows deeper. With three retired generals recently calling on lawmakers to “go to war” over a potential coup attempt in the 2024 election, a brutal state crackdown on right-wing dissidents is likely on the table.
Curious minds would like to know how the ruling class will react to a controversial election result that does not go their way. Use an army that relies heavily on enlisted people from the southern United States to intervene in the supposedly racist flyover country and other areas full of “deplorable” people?
Indeed, the Washington class faces a situation where they could potentially miscalculate and use force against the deplorable. And if it succeeds, all the veneers of democratic legitimacy will be erased.
Americans will have to recognize that the calm days of political normalcy in America are long gone. People can desire them as much as they want, but trying to recreate the unity of yesteryear is a wild ride. We live in a post-persuasion society where people tribalize even on the basis of the TV shows they watch. Can anyone say without laughing that the United States will be able to put the pieces back together?
At this point in American history, most Americans aren’t quite breaking open books touting the intricacies of Misian decentralization, but they instinctively know something is wrong with the United States. This is where these MÃ©sian ideas can be fed into the national discussion and, more importantly, gradually implemented in areas where it is most feasible.
The current pandemic and lockdown environment has created a kind of ‘forced localism’ where people have been forced to log into their local politics to stay on top of the latest political nonsense that state and local authorities have forced upon them.
The more people are wary of the electoral process and the broader political process, the easier it will be to get them to consider new forms of political organization. Even if the system breaks down, there are still opportunities to move forward and build a new decentralized order that better reflects the political desires and cultural vision of multiple American constituencies.
The exercise of a certain degree of political creativity, through the adoption of soft secessionism and other gradual forms of cancellation, could provide a ramp out of potential conflict. Continuing with the current course only requires increased tension and potential tragedy unfolding.
* About the Author: JosÃ© NiÃ±o is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Subscribe to his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook or Twitter. Receive his premium newsletter here. Subscribe to its sub-stack here.
Source: This article was published by the MISES Institute