An assessment of next week’s midterm elections

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

The long-awaited pivotal 2018 midterm elections will be held next week in the U.S. which will be closely watched around the world.  The stakes are very high, and regardless of the outcome it will be a national referendum on President Trump at least to some degree.  If Republicans prevail, many proponents of democracy and the rule of law justifiably fear America will hasten its dangerous descent into authoritarianism.  If Democrats can regain some control of government, a real opportunity to halt or reverse this tragic slide will be presented.

This narrative is my personal view, and I’m sure others who also oppose Trump might see these elections in less contrasting terms and as more of a matter of individual issues such as healthcare.  Still, it is undeniable that Trump represents the most polarizing presidential figure in American history since the Civil War when the nation barely…

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