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Trifecta of Wednesdays That Define America

Wednesday the 6, 13 and 20, showed the world how American democracy works. On the 6th, the Capitol, the seat of American democracy was attacked and invaded by Trump supporters chanting “Hang Mike Pence” while the joint houses of Congress was in session, presided by Vice President Michael Pence, to certify the Electoral College vote.

Congress adjourned as America’s elected congressional representatives donned gas masks and took cover. They reconvened a few hours later, after the invading mob was removed by law enforcement officials, and certified Biden as the winner of the presidential election in the early hours of January 7.

On Wednesday the 13, Trump was impeached for inciting the mob attack on the Capitol; and on Wednesday the 20th, former Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in as President and Senator Kamala Harris as vice president.

There surely will be more political protests when Trump’s impeachment trial starts in the Senate the week of February 8. The first impeachment trial of a former president.

That’s American democracy in a nutshell, for the world to see, admire and criticize.

Did America’s democratic model really fail as so many supporters of autocracy are claiming?

Is Russia’s autocratic model on display today in the streets of all major Russian cities really a better political system? Peaceful protestors who are demanding the release of anti-corruption activist and leader of Putin’s political opposition, Alexei Navalny, who was again arrested and jailed upon returning to Russia – after he was nuked there, treated in Germany, survived and recovered –  being beaten and arrested really a better political model?

Which Civil War is more civil?

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Illustration: Mark Caparosa

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