Donald Trump is an Existential Threat to Democracy

At a Florida rally in mid-October, Republican nominee Donald J. Trump announced that “this election will determine whether we are a free nation or whether we have only an illusion of democracy … our system is rigged. This is reality.” But the true, unnerving reality is the danger that Trump poses to the legitimacy of American democracy. Over the past month, Trump has continuously eschewed our democratic institutions. Onslaught after onslaught, tirade after tirade, Trump has offered a menacing view of the institutions that Americans have valued for 240 years.…

Making America Break Again: Islamophobia and Democracy

In his 1933 inauguration address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the foundation for American resiliency when he said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Admittedly, the 1930s were an era of heightened racial tensions, racial targeting, and severe violence, and in the time between FDR and Barack Obama’s current terms, our nation has taken great strides in securing internal inclusiveness and justice through the promotion of civil rights and American freedoms. Yet,…

Discriminatory Rhetoric Poses a Threat to Democracy

Not too long ago, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore, ruled that “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses” to same-sex couples. Former Republican presidential candidate and senator Rick Santorum suggested that allowing gay marriage to become legalized would lead to the legalization of polygamy and other forms of marriage. Presidential candidate Ben Carson told the press that it would not be smart for a gay couple to go to Christian bakeries “because they might put poison in that…