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It’s hard to think of a topic in American life that’s more divisive than abortion. Abortion is in the news today, obviously, but most Americans, no matter where they stand on it or how passionately they feel about it, don’t really want to talk about it because it’s just too painful. So with that in mind, for once tonight, we’re going to open this show with an issue that unites all of us and it’s democracy.
Everybody in America is for democracy. Democracy is the basis of our political system. Both parties support democracy strongly. They often say so and of course, the alternative to democracy is bad. It’s tyranny and nobody is for that. So, it’s heartening to learn that preserving democracy is the main idea, really the only idea, behind Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on the Roe v. Wade decision. Virtually everyone in the country has heard about Alito’s 98-page opinion since it was leaked on Monday night to Politico and yet, at the same time, for all the talking about it, almost nobody seems to have any idea what is in it. Nobody’s actually read it.