Reading last week’s Economist editorial about the crisis in Thailand, I was struck by this statement:
Democracy works only when the parties that lose an election accept the outcome.
It seemed a cautionary comment about the state of politics in the US at the moment. And reading this column from Paul Krugman added to that feeling:
For today’s G.O.P. is, fully and finally, the party of Ronald Reagan — not Reagan the pragmatic politician, who could and did strike deals with Democrats, but Reagan the antigovernment fanatic, who warned that Medicare would destroy American freedom. It’s a party that sees modest efforts to improve Americans’ economic and health security not merely as unwise, but as monstrous. It’s a party in which paranoid fantasies about the other side — Obama is a socialist, Democrats have totalitarian ambitions — are mainstream. And, as a result, it’s a party that fundamentally doesn’t accept anyone else’s right to govern.
I read widely about world politics. I’m far from an expert on any country, even Australia. But from a safe distance, the US seems an increasingly scary place right now.