“If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle, which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote. It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution.” –Federalist #10
Unless, of course, it does–right out in the open, while pundits carefully apportion equal measures of blame to both sides.
Watergate was a crisis, but it wasn’t a Constitutional crisis; the system ultimately purged itself. This time, I don’t know.
This is what happens when a political party makes common cause with militias, neo-Fascists, Christian Dominionists, Ayn Rand libertarians, and neo-Confederates, with people who hate government, disdain diversity, and love guns–and who really do believe that the sooner the blood starts flowing in the streets, the sooner they’ll get their Hobbesian paradise and/or the second coming of Christ.
Ironic, isn’t it, that for all the hate talk about Obama’s treasonousness, it’s finally the Congress that is openly and blatantly seditious? Ironic that our first African American president would have to deal with challenges that are literally Lincolnesque. All of that rhetoric about how Obama’s election meant the end of the Republic may just be coming true.
Amazing, really. I’m sort of thunderstruck.