Yes, the U.S. is in Bad Shape. But China Shows What Real Authoritarianism Looks Like.
In parts of America, dear reader, things are grim. After the White House revoked the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, and justified its decision by sharing a doctored video from a conspiracy website, CNN sued the White House. During a humiliating weekend trip to France, President Trump sparred with two of America’s closest allies and declined to commemorate a key World War I anniversary — because of the rain.
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned, raising worries that Trump will end the investigation into his Moscow ties. After the divisive midterms, Washington “plunged into political war,” according to a Post article. And both encapsulating and increasing the political tensions felt across a divided nation, last Wednesday a gunman murdered 12 people in a California bar. “These are dark times,” Eddie S. Glaude Jr., a Princeton professor and author of the 2016 book “Democracy in Black,” wrote on Nov. 1, after a different mass shooting. “The illusion of innocence no longer holds.”