Five dead, the U.S.'s democratic reputation indelibly sullied, and its hapless political class unable to rally itself to take up even elementary justice. The question is not whether the Trump-fanned right-wing rabble achieved anything immediate by storming the Capitol. It's what the long-term consequences of its calamitous tantrum will be, as it sets a dark, dangerous precedent for the further erosion of democracy's integrity in America — and, the U.S. being the world's longstanding (and long-travestied) bastion for democracy abroad, in the rest of the world. America's empire is at last undergoing its own decline and fall, its global predominance foundering along with it. What will fill the void?
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