CAN THE REPUBLIC STRIKE BACK?
By Andrew Sullivan
Whatever else it will be, Tuesday will be a relief. We will finally find out where we are in the surreal dystopia of the last two years. We will see, in a tangible way, what America now is.
These years have been
Is this the new normal? Or has this been a
There are few historical guides. It is hard to think of a precedent for a president who endorses violence against
Delivering a defeat to Trump will not, of course, be a defeat of Trumpism. White anxiety and discomfort in the face of mass immigration is not going to
You can describe the new divide — and the forces propelling Trump — in many ways: open versus closed, fluid versus fixed, liberal
Trumpism, in other words, is the new normal. It is not going away. And there is no going back. The challenge for the center-right and center-left across the West is to accommodate this new normal in
The GOP cannot be talked out of their surrender to this strongman. With each rhetorical or policy atrocity, they have attached themselves more firmly to him. The dissenters are leaving; the new members of Congress will be even
This president is quite clearly unfit for his office. If he is checked by the Congress, he will still be a danger — to the rule of law,
It is time — way past time — for the opposition to be other than the press. It is time for it to be the Congress where it rightly belongs. Trump loves the unelected press as a foil; he has had a huge
More to the point, the press doesn’t have subpoena power. The Fourth Estate can present fact after fact and it will not deter Trump telling lie after monstrous lie. But Congress has real power.
And that balance is desperately needed. Trump’s danger to the Constitution is clear, not least in his looming
It may be a critical path to preventing civil unrest. As this past tragic week has again shown, this president has enabled bigots and cranks. The flourishing of white
The Italian leftist, Antonio Gramsci, famously wrote, “The crisis consists