Electoral McCarthyism on display

Politico reports on Trump’s Arizona rally. The 1950s Red Scare lasted as long as it did, from my understanding of the history, because the public was willing to be duped by the mendacity of Joe McCarthy and there wasn’t sufficient pushback from Republicans opposed to McCarthy, like Eisenhower. Because of the hold that Trump’s “stolen election” mendacity has on his supporters, it is going to take a major sustained society-wide effort from both national and local opinion leaders (including clergy and other trusted sources) across the ideological spectrum to counteract the electoral version of McCarthyism. Given the increasing call for fake audits, we are going to have to figure out a way to secure bipartisan buy-in for real ways to verify the validity of election results in 2022 and 2024. Otherwise, how can you have a government deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed, if the electoral competitors and their supporters can’t get to the point where they agree on who is entitled to hold office by virtue of the vote tally?

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