As President Joe Biden continues to vilify the MAGA Movement and insinuate that they are somehow a “threat to democracy”, the nation has seen an uptick in calls for political violence.
Hot on the heels of Biden’s inflammatory “soul of America” speech last week, authorities began picking up on chatter suggesting that the angry underbelly of America was preparing for tumult. Threats were increasing dramatically, yet Biden continued to spout this irresponsible narrative at each and every podium that they put him behind.
Now, a new poll shows that Americans are growing ever more nervous about the direction that Biden’s hyperbole is pushing us.
Against a backdrop of so much concern that democracy is under threat, Americans also see a rising potential for political violence: almost two-thirds think the coming years will bring an increase. And the percentage holding that view has itself been rising even higher, compared to 2021.Trending:
The prospect of violence is tied in part to a perception of widening divisions: a whopping 80% of Americans believe the U.S. is more divided now than it was during their parents’ generation. (And here, older Americans are even more likely to say this, and their parents’ generation would have lived through the upheaval of the ’60s.) Just as many say tone and civility have gotten worse.
And that wasn’t all:
Then, when they look forward, a majority believe that a generation from now the U.S. will be less of a democracy than it is today.
Examining so-called division and polarization can be done many ways, of course. One is to posit that democracy is in part about rights: who has them and to what extent. And in asking about the status of rights in America today, we reveal one stark illustration of fundamental differences between partisans.
With the midterm elections now just weeks away, it will be imperative that our nation not succumb to the suggestions of Biden and his fellow faux-alarmists, lest we wish to see hundreds of years of beautiful democracy crumble before our very eyes.