For Milsaps College professor Robert S. McElvaine, who wrote the piece, it might be even worse than that. “The United States in 2022 is at a crossroads and the direction taken will likely determine whether the experiment in democracy launched in 1776 will survive,” he lamented.
McElvaine’s column fixated on America losing its progressive achievements of the 1960s, when the country was “reshaped politically, socially, racially, economically, and sexually.” He added it was a period in which America “became a full democracy for the first time.”
However, he claimed, “Today, the right-wing extremists who have hijacked the Republican Party are determined to reverse all that progress. Their chances for success depend to a substantial degree on what the zeitgeist of 2022 is.”