Sadly, that was not true of this past year. For the first time in the nation's history, some groups (women and red-state voters) have less rights than they did in the previous year.
In addition, one of our major political parties has decided it no longer believes in a democracy based on free and fair elections. They want the right to overturn election results and put themselves in perpetual power (creating a fascist government).
Our democracy is in peril. But we (voters) can save the democracy by voting blue in the coming election, and continuing to do so until the Republican Party comes to its senses.
I hope all my readers have a safe and happy (as possible) holiday!