‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ Have Arrived in America and They’re Destroying Our Democracy | Opinion

In Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, two tricksters, posing as weavers, offer to provide the emperor with beautiful, invisible clothes for those who are stupid or incompetent.

The Emperor hires them and they pretend to weave a costume and dress the Emperor. Everyone sees that the Emperor is naked but pretends otherwise to avoid being taken for fools. Finally, a child blurts out the obvious truth that the Emperor is naked and everyone realizes it, but the Emperor continues strutting around, without clothes, in the street.

The weavers and the emperor have arrived in America. They weaved lies that there was massive fraud in the 2020 presidential election, that Joe Biden is not the president, and that Donald Trump won the election.

This transparent lie, fabricated from scratch by the “emperor” who lost the election, is kept alive by those who see it as a lie but, fearing the emperor’s wrath, pretend otherwise.

When we blind ourselves to the truth before our very eyes, we attack the heart of our democracy: public confidence in the integrity of our elections.

The myth of the stolen election is as patently false as the emperor’s invisible suit.

If we allow them to do so, the emperor and his lie and those who pretend not to see clearly will destroy our democracy.

Elizabeth J. Harless