In America’s democratic showcase, the world sees a model of what not to do
Interesting (though somewhat predictable) piece, but I totally disagree with this section :
“We are seeing the failure of U.S. democracy,” wrote Zhang Zhixin, an expert on American politics at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.
This isn’t democracy failing, it’s democracy risking potentially bad results for the well-being of the nation. That’s a real cost of democracy – if you think random people making great strategic choices is the best part of our system, you definitely don’t get the system.
The United States has fractures that are economic, racial, and cultural, among other things. A functioning democracy is going to be affected by those fractures, and highlight them. Ours certainly has this year, and to me, that’s a lot better than having the military run everything and pretend that we don’t have issues to resolve.
Now, is our democracy functioning particularly well? I don’t think so, especially by our postwar standards, which, if you’ve forgotten, are the highest in the history of mankind. But these things are fixable so long as we maintain the fundamentals, and that’s why Donald Trump is such a dangerous idiot – he doesn’t know what those fundamentals are (free press, equal protection, etc.), and when someone explains them to him, he doesn’t understand why they matter. I don’t care if Hillary Clinton put state secrets on freaking Hotmail, for God’s sake, I’m not voting in any way that will increase the odds of this banana getting the keys to the car.