““Today, we have unprecedented concern for our country and for our democracy. The nation we have defended for decades is in real danger. ‘”
It was an excerpt from a USA Today op-ed written by five former military personnel who urge Americans and politicians to follow democratic standards and support democratic institutions.
“For those of us dedicated to protecting democracies abroad, there comes a time when our efforts seem overshadowed by the erosion of democracy here at home,” the editorial states. “And for those of us focused on homeland security, the forces of autocracy now trump traditional foreign threats, hands down.”
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Here are the officials who put their names to the editorial:
General Michael Hayden (US Air Force) is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency and Senior Deputy Director of National Intelligence.
Lt. Gen. James Clapper (US Air Force) served as Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Director of Defense Intelligence, while also serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
General Stanley McChrystal (US Army) served as Commander of Joint Special Operations Command.
Lieutenant General Douglas Lute (US Army) served as US Ambassador to NATO from 2013 to 2017.
Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, (US Army) served as Commanding General of US Army Europe and Seventh Army.
The article also advocates for U.S. politicians to join the Safe and Fair Elections Pledge (SAFE), a nonpartisan pledge that asks elected officials to “strengthen our national security by committing to democracy, safe and fair elections, and the ‘rule of law’. their website states.
The story comes as Americans’ faith in democracy has eroded in recent years. According to a January poll by Ipsos/NPR, 64% of Americans believe that democracy in the United States is “in crisis and at risk of failing.”
Two-thirds of self-identifying Republicans believe the false claim that mass voter fraud helped President Joe Biden win the 2020 election, the poll found.
“There really is a kind of double reality through which supporters not only approach what happened a year ago on January 6, but also more generally with our presidential election and our democracy,” the vice said. -president of Ipsos, Mallory Newall.
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The January 6 Committee is currently holding several hearings detailing further the insurgency at the United States Capitol in 2021. The committee interviewed more than 1,000 people who were directly or indirectly involved in the attack on the Capitol.