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The United States has long held itself up as a bastion of democracy. It has promoted democracy around the world. The U.S. was founded as a representative democracy, but only a small fraction of its citizens mostly white male property owners were eligible to vote.In the U.S., this has been turned on its head.A majority of Americans will soon be nonwhite, and a 21st-century world and economy cannot be reconciled with a male-dominated society.The U.S. is one of the few democracies to hold elections on a workday, rather than a Sunday, obviously making it more difficult for working people to vote.America's ideals of freedom, democracy and justice for all may never have been fully realized, but now they are under open attack. Democracy has become rule of, by, and for the few; and justice for all is available to all who are white and can afford it.Americans must confront the fact that their leader, U.S. President Donald Trump, has been aiding and abetting today's crop of budding despots.That is only one of the many reasons why it is so important this year to have a Democratic Congress that can provide a check against Trump's authoritarian tendencies, and to elect state and local officials who will restore the vote to all those entitled to it.
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