In the latest edition of his New York Times column, Paul Krugman warns readers that the Republican Party is responsible for fanning the flames of tyranny. Krugman isn’t the only liberal running around with this kind of absurd nonsense, but his take on the matter is particularly loathsome. Let’s see what he has to say about “the parallels between the rise of fascism and our current political nightmare,” shall we?
From the column:
Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the ancient world. […] I couldn’t help noticing the contemporary resonances of some Roman history — specifically, the tale of how the Roman Republic fell.
Here’s what I learned: Republican institutions don’t protect against tyranny when powerful people start defying political norms. And tyranny, when it comes, can flourish even while maintaining a republican facade.
Krugman makes the usual argument about Russian involvement in the hacks against the Democratic National Committee. Then he goes after the GOP legislature in North Carolina, gerrymandering, disenfranchisement of minority voters, cronyism, and so on. He never really gets around to a coherent theory that would prove that America is descending into tyranny, but he makes plenty of laughable comments along the way.
Comments like: “You have the potential making of a de facto one-party state: one that maintains the fiction of democracy, but has rigged the game so that the other side can never win.”
One lost election and liberals are complaining that they “can never win?”
Oh, here’s another good one: “Redistribution from the poor and the middle class to the wealthy is a consistent theme of all modern Republican policies.”
So that’s what we’re calling efforts to cut taxes and strip excessive spending out of the welfare state? Redistribution from the poor? Liberals are good at playing games with language, but this is a new low.
Take it all together, Krugman says, and a “clear” picture will emerge:
The sickness of American politics didn’t begin with Donald Trump, any more than the sickness of the Roman Republic began with Caesar. The erosion of democratic foundations has been underway for decades, and there’s no guarantee that we will ever be able to recover.
Right, right. But would Krugman have written this column if Hillary Clinton had won the election? Probably not, huh? So how badly can our democracy be ailing if it all hinged on one awful candidate?
These people are still in shock from election night. Maybe they’ll return to some semblance of sanity after Trump has been in office for a while and they realize that he’s not American Hitler after all. If they don’t, Krugman’s idea about a “one-party state” might become a self-fulfilling prophecy.