Does your faith in the integrity of the electoral process need shoring up? Spend more time in academia:
Four other responses–“a moderate amount” (28%), “only a little” (15%), “none at all” (11%), and “not sure” (11%)–were offered, so maybe it’s not as bad as it looks at first blush.
On the other hand, if Americans lose trust in the most fundamental aspect of democracy, serious questions about the legitimacy of the social order arise. The colonists successfully seceded from the British empire and the South unsuccessfully attempted to secede from the North on a perceived lack of representation in the bodies governing them. It’s a recipe for revolution.
Parenthetically, it’s curious how under the yoke of a putative dictator, Democrats are more sanguine about electoral integrity than Republicans are. In actual authoritarian regimes, the authoritarian doesn’t worry about being voted out of power.
Nearly half the country, and an overwhelming majority of Republicans, suspect voting by mail will “increase voter fraud”:
The reason we presage a breaking dollar is the same reason we presage the coming political dissolution of the US–deceleration has become almost unfathomable. QEternity and perpetually negative real rates of interest with regards to the former, continual escalation in the Culture War with respect to the latter. There are no brakes on either of them and there never will be.
There is a lot of ruin in a nation and her currency. But not an infinite amount. The gods of the copybook headings are on their way home.