History may well credit the people of the state of Georgia with saving American democracy. I believe this is true for a number of reasons, the most important of which, is that election of either of the two Republican candidates, given the buildup to the coup attempt by Trump in the run up to the senatorial election, would have been an endorsement of the most ruthless, corrupt and lawless White House and Republican controlled Senate ever to rule the United States of America. Had McConnell continued to control the Senate, as I have pointed out in previous posts, most of the issues and policy proposals, desperately needed to repair our broken nation, would never reach the Senate floor.
The election of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the Senate will afford Democrats the edge on extreme partisan issues, but more importantly, it will allow the issues that the overwhelming majority of Americans support to be brought to the Senate floor, debated and voted on. Republicans who don’t support initiatives that the country as a whole, both Democrats and Republicans, agrees needs to happen, will be forced to explain their opposition to issues like environmental protection, climate control/clean energy and infrastructure repair. It will enable both parties to develop sensible, bipartisan immigration reform.
Probably more important than anything else, hopefully, Democratic control of the Senate will allow both parties to agree on putting measures in place to prevent any future president from doing to government the kinds of things Trump did to evade or ignore well established norms and traditions of due process, such as ignoring the emoluments clause and refusing to show his tax returns. Part and parcel of the process of deterring future presidential malfeasance includes the newly elected president directing the Justice Department to pursue with extreme prejudice, those responsible for the assault on the Capital, including Donald Trump.
None of these things would be remotely possible without the courage and commitment of Georgia voters. Against all odds, this southern state of the old Confederacy, in the face of threats and intimidation from Trump and his henchmen, did what’s best for the country. They did it twice – first in the presidential election and again in the senatorial runoff elections. In effect, they said, “democracy yes. To Fascist dictatorship, a resounding No.” I thank you, and I suspect at least ¾ of the country thanks you as well.