In a week in which mobs are forming around DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Secretary Elaine Chao and CNN’s David Gergen is claiming that the civil rights movement and the protests against Vietnam “were much more civil in tone” than what we’re experiencing today, we thought a thread on the resiliency of America as a nation would be welcome.

Megan McArdle is a columnist for the Washington Post, and hers is actually a two-day thread, but it’s all worth reading. It started yesterday with her challenging the premise that we’re on the verge of losing our democracy.

Those hot takes are hard to justify, but some people are using them to justify, say, doxxing ICE agents to harass at their homes and children’s schools.

Of course, McArdle’s thread didn’t slip by without receiving plenty of criticism, particularly on the bit about Trump not being Hitler. On Tuesday, McArdle responded to an epic thread in response to her own arguing that Trump as the American Hitler is depriving us of democracy (we’re not going to include that whole mess here), and again — among all the noise in the media this week, it’s nice to hear some common sense.

In other words, even if Trump were the American Hitler, he’s hardly in any position to establish an authoritarian state — and we can largely thank the system set up by the founders for that.

And you know what? Some of us will head to the polls in 2018 and 2020 and see how things shake out from there.



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