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Letter: American democracy is on the auction block

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An American flag and a Utah state flag fly with Salt Lake City in the background on an overcast day.

An American flag and Utah state flag fly at half-staff at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The dark is rising. Anger, hate and violence are running rampant across the land. Hardly a day goes by without a mass shooting. Lies, half-truths and innuendoes all flow like water from a mountain spring. What can be done to stem the tide of ignorance and irrationality gripping the nation? Who will light a candle against the darkness?     

American democracy is on the auction block. Did you ever think you would live to see the day when a president of the United States would assemble an unruly mob and direct them to the Capital in order to prevent the certification of an election? Few would have imagined such a thing. Yet here we are — running down and sentencing the worst of the storm-troopers. What a sorry state of affairs.

Whatever happened to the American dream of truth, justice and the democratic way? Somewhere along the way the country took a wrong turn. People bought into the delusional thinking of Donald Trump, the conspiracy theories of QAnon, and the big lie of a stolen election. 

How are we going to get ourselves out of the mess we have created? An old proverb tells us that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. All the institutions of our society — government, corporate, media and education — will need to join forces to promote democratic values. Lighting a candle against the darkness may be the first step toward saving the nation.   

Stanley Ivie