Democracy “Under Unprecedented Assault”

Democracy, the rule by people has taken an altogether different wind. The recent violence and vandalizing of US Capitol has led the senators as well as the whole world to re-evaluate what this form of government has to offer. Today, democracy as a government that gives free and fair rights to all its practitioners has come to a standstill. The fundamental rights and practices of the people are misused against the lawmakers and the upholders of this form of government. The Capitol which has witnessed several protests and rallies, welcoming everyone with open arms is left wounded and in disarray recently. Nothing has stopped Americans to practice their right to protest and freedom of speech. Americans have remained unabated, be it storm or pandemic. However, when these rights take a wrong turn the whole concept of democracy starts to waver in dismay. It takes a form of anarchy, and as W.B Yeats writes in his poem, “The Second Coming:”

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst   

Are full of passionate intensity. 

The oldest democracy in the world is witnessing rampant mobs and unlawful activities since the presidential election results of 2020. After all the reluctance and opposition posed by Donald Trump in the earlier months, Joe Biden continues to face obstacles from the right-wing. Seems like nothing comes easier for Biden and nor for democracy.

Two weeks away from the inauguration ceremony, the former president, Donald Trump has created havoc in the lives of the Democrats. The unsettling pictures of the storming of the U.S. Congress have caused great pain and anguish in the hearts of those who favor democracy. 

The uprising of mobs and the troublemaking supporters of Donald Trump have pushed the people to question the authority of the keepers of democracy. On Wednesday, the right-wing supporters were led by Trump through tweets to vandalize the Capitol. This opposition to the peaceful transfer of power is seen for the first time in the history of the United States. Biden said that the American democracy was “under unprecedented assault” a sentiment shared by many in the Congress. This shared sentiment might incite rage to protect Democracy and to keep the miscreants at bay. The vulnerability caused by the incident would allow lawmakers to make stringent laws against the politics of terrorism. To uphold the fundamentals of democracy and erasure of totalitarianism necessary actions must be taken. In this light, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief-executive of Facebook banned Trump from the social media platform “indefinitely.” In addition to that, Twitter for the first time locked Mr. Trump’s account. This banning from the social media platforms to curb Trump’s efforts to incite the violence provides a sigh of relief to the Americans. Later, Trump reluctantly announced that there will be an orderly transition of power on 20th January.

On seeing the fundamentals of democracy taking a topsy-turvy turn, world leaders have expressed their concern and have vigorously condemned the event.

As for the rest of the world, only time would tell what the face of this oldest democracy in the forthcoming years would be.

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