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The democracy advocate America needs now: Biden’s task after Trump

The democracy advocate America needs now: Biden’s task after Trump
Presidents from John Kennedy to Jimmy Carter had an Office of Consumer Affairs within their White Houses. Bush 43′s pledge for “compassionate conservatism” led to his Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Now that Donald Trump has been mulling over martial law, Joe Biden as president should create an office to help reestablish America as a tribune for democracy.

Watch Republican state legislatures use the “stolen election” to try to justify more voter ID laws, voter purges, bans on ex-felon exercising the franchise, exploiting the very public distrust about 2020 that they fomented, But a governing system that already requires Democrats to win the House, Senate and White House by from 4-7 points to win control will likely create unsustainable tensions that in turn could trigger either widespread violence or national decline.While Biden and Harris don’t themselves need persuading to be pro-democracy, perhaps some prodding would be valuable.But the creation of a “Democracy Advocate” in the White House can be a sine qua non for all the other policy goals that Biden and Harris ran on and that enjoy majority support — climate violence, crumbling infrastructure, gun safety, policing reform — but fail because of a rural states’ and special interest veto over their enactment.”) Operationally, the office would brief the president and vice-president monthly for periodic speeches on best and worst practices; publicly expose laws and bills — federal and state — aimed at undermining the franchise or trust in democracy; urge agency officials to embrace democratic principles in their decision making; and develop an “American Democracy Index” to grade federal and state performance on majority rule.

Now that Donald Trump has been mulling over martial law, Joe Biden as president should create an office to help reestablish America as a tribune for democracy.6 is when Congress certifies the Electoral College total making Biden the next president.

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