Good Night, America!
by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director
November 9, 2016
Speaker Paul Ryan last night said this was turning into a “good night for America.”
Actually, it’s more like, “Good night, America!”
This is how democracy dies.
Trump is the closest thing to a fascist we’ve ever elected to the Presidency.
He traffics in bigotry.
He trumpets nationalism.
He disdains our democratic institutions: freedom of the press, the right to protest, international law.
He bathes in caveman masculinity.
This is a test of the sturdiness of our democracy. And we may fail it. And our little experiment in democracy may be over.
Any student of the twentieth century understands that democracy can dissolve -- not slowly over time but suddenly, in a gust of fury.
That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s.
That’s what happened in Chile in the 1970s.
And the fools who passed out bromides trying to reassure us that Trump could be restrained by Congress and the Supreme Court fail to appreciate that he now will be commander in chief of the world’s mightiest military. What’s to stop him? As Stalin once said, “How many divisions does the Pope have?”
Trump, and Trump alone, can blow the world up with nuclear weapons in the amount of time it takes to boil an egg. No one else has to sign off.
Trump, and Trump alone, can impose martial law. And don’t think there are not plans already on the shelves of Homeland Security and in the hands of his buddies at the FBI for doing just this. Ever since 9/11, senior officials from General Tommy Franks to Condoleezza Rice’s National Security Council deputy, General Wayne Downing, warned that we would have to declare martial law if we were attacked again. If they anticipated such a situation, you can bet that the security forces have prepared for it.
And who would be there to stop Trump from doing this?
This is the precarious situation we find ourselves in this morning, November 9.
It is dark outside.