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Considering the tripwire in democracy


What separates the United States of America from many other countries is our deeply committed belief in those fundamental values embedded in the rule of law. One such belief is the notion that no person, regardless of station, is above it.

Authoritarians will commonly politicize and demonize the judicial system. They see an independent judiciary as an obstacle to the preservation of their power. The objective being to undermine public faith in the just administration of law and by doing so, enhance their own claim to legitimacy as a ruler.

Such assaults must be recognized and openly challenged for what they are: potentially lethal tripwires that cut against the very heart of our precious democracy. Comments are respectfully invited.

Thomas Alan Kragh, attorney


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