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Ken Collins: Trump is undermining American democracy

We need to think about what really might be going on now.
Even before the 2016 election, one candidate was pushing for people to no longer believe in a fair election. After the results were in, that now elected official claimed millions of illegally cast votes occurred. The candidate wanted Americans to lose faith in its democratic system.
It did not stop there. He questioned our judicial system, our security system, our investigative branch and even our military. He was sowing the seeds of a national discontent.
While doing so, he was, unbelievably, paling around with the worst dictators on the planet. He bragged that North Korea’s Kim loved him. Putin thought he was a brilliant leader. Turkey's despot praised him. Pretty much every horrible world leader was a friend and fan and that worked both ways.
With the shutdown going on this long, America is getting closer to a failing nation.
The FBI is worried about security clearances of its agents because of pending bankruptcies. Courts are unable to carry on their cases and getting backed up. National Parks are being trashed. The Coast Guard and air traffic controllers and TSA are overworked and not being paid. Tax returns are now in jeopardy. The economy is showing signs of cracking.
The very reason, according to the person who made this "my shutdown; I own it," is national security. We're more vulnerable now than maybe ever.
One way to look at it is this — our President is doing what a lot of people have considered for a long time. He's doing what Putin wants him to do — undermining the American democracy. Putin has been doing this for a few years across the world. And now he has a willing participant in the White House, who won't be hurt by this undoing. He and his family will be taken care of by said despots.
Some will automatically say this is outrageous. But the writing is on the wall. And that is another wall we must not have.
Ken Collins
Oak Creek

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