The whole world is watching America, the greatest experiment in human freedom and democracy ever to exist, coming apart at the seams.

One thing that has made America the shining beacon to the rest of the world has been the peaceful transition of power and the ease of electing new leadership at all levels of government. That is until now.

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What the world sees is American cities on fire as anarchists battle police and National Guard units in the streets. Stores and businesses are being looted and broken. Many Americans are fearful that violence will impact them and their communities. This is not the same America the rest of the world has looked to for inspiration.

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Meanwhile, Americans demanding that their voices be heard and their ballots counted will demonstrate in cities all over the nation today. They will get little sympathy and even less coverage from corrupt news media. A television reporter in Phoenix referred to protesters as "extremists" last night because the group – Trump supporters – demanded that their votes be counted.

Welcome to the new America. The new normal.

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Those who thought the violence that has gripped our streets since springtime would subside after the election was over are naive. The idea that somehow Antifa and Black Lives Matter would go away if only Joe Biden were to win the election is crazy. These people are not Biden supporters or necessarily anti-Trump. They are anti-American.

Corrupt politicians at all levels of government have been co-conspirators with the anarchists to this point because they were useful in advancing a political agenda. I can't wait to see them try to stuff this genie back into the bottle now.

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Brace yourselves, fellow Americans. We may be entering the "dark winter" Joe Biden referred to at the debate with President Trump.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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