‘Lost Cause of the Election’ could ruin democracy

Its principal allegations of voter fraud have been directed at the Black majority or plurality cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee and Atlanta.

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The first Lost Cause has been a legend for 155 years. It is the Lost Cause of the Confederacy.

The second may become a legend if we are notsufficiently aware of itsbeginnings,which are playing out before us via President Trump’s “Stop The Steal” campaign.It is the Lost Causeof the Stolen Election.

The Lost Cause of the Confederacy has beenone of the principal sources of racial division, social division and politicalpolarization in our country. It is grounded on the racist view that white people are superior to black people and thereforehad the right to enslave them.“All knew that this interest [slavery] was, somehow, the cause of the war,” wrote President Lincoln in his Second Inaugural.

The Lost Cause of the Election, whose principal allegations of voter fraud have been directed at the Black majority or plurality cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee and Atlanta,is groundedon an equally racist view.

“Black people are corrupt, Black people are incompetent, and Black people can’t be trusted,” said Dana Nessel, the Michigan attorney general,accurately characterizing the themes of President Trump’s multiple attacks on the election results.

The Lost Cause of the Election, if it proves as enduring and powerful as the Lost Cause of the Confederacy, will be a force multiplier for the latter.The effect will be ruinous for the democracy.

Robert E. Lehrer, Loop

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