This sequence of quotes I plucked at random from my superficial reading of U.S. political commentary early in 2022 before Putin chose to further destabilise the world.
Then I put them in a chilling order.
“Only free and fair elections in which the loser abides by the result stand between each of us and life at the mercy of a despotic regime”Laurence Tribe, Harvard law professor
“One thing Democrats and Republicans share is the belief that, to save the country, the other side must not be allowed to win … Every election is an existential crisis,”Jedediah Britton-Purdy, Columbia law professor
“If our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, then it’s going to lead to one place and that’s bloodshed.”Congressman Madison Cawthorn, Republican, North Carolina
“The groups that tend to start civil wars are the groups that were once dominant politically but are in decline. They’ve either lost political power or they’re losing political power and they truly believe that the country is theirs by right and they are justified in using force to regain control because the system no longer works for them.”Barbara Walter, political scientist, University of California, San Diego
“It would not be like the first civil war, with armies manoeuvring on the battlefield. I think it would very much be a free-for-all, neighbour on neighbour, based on beliefs and skin colours and religion. And it would be horrific.”Col Peter Mansoor, military history professor, Iraq war veteran
“I speak to you as a human being, a woman whose dreams of motherhood now taste bittersweet because of what I know about our children’s future”Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat, New York
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