Texas Republican Party Platform – The Madness Continues

When Democrats get slaughtered in 2024, I hope Kamala Harris refuses
to prove the result. That’s the way of justice, isn’t it?

We will do it the South American way.

In a constitutional crisis, democracy is not always democratic

When political leaders face a constitutional crisis like the one on January 6,
The process of collectively deciding how to respond can be chaotic and arbitrary,
Sometimes changing the nature of the system itself.

Max Fisher
June 18, 2022

If you look for international parallels to that moment last year
Vice President Mike Pence refuses to bow to pressure from President Donald J. Trump
To help overturn their electoral defeat, something quickly became clear.

Such a crisis, the fate of democracy is left to a few officials, rarely happens
solve problems purely on the basis of legal or constitutional principles, even if those principles may later
cited as a reason.

Instead, their outcome usually depends on whatever political elite happens
Form a fast critical mass that favors an outcome.the remaining officials
Follow any motive – principle, partisan aversion, self-interest – to happen
move them.

In sum, the history of modern constitutional crises highlights some
The truth about democracy. said to be basic norms, such as free elections or the rule of law,
Although portrayed as irreversibly integrated into the national base, in reality
Only the commitment of those in power is as firm.Although the crisis may be
An opportunity for leaders to strengthen democratic norms, which could also be an opportunity
Modify or revoke them outright. . .

Americans may see more in common with Peru.There, President Alberto Fujimori
The opposition-controlled Congress, which has been impeaching him, was dissolved in 1992.
Lawmakers in various fields quickly voted to use his
His own vice president who opposes the presidential power grab.

Both sides claim to defend the other’s democracy.Both appealed to Peru
The army that traditionally plays the role of the ultimate arbiter, almost like
to the Supreme Court. The public, polarized, divided.the army is
also split.

At a critical moment, enough political and military elites showed their support
Mr. Fujimori thinks he has the upper hand.They get together informally and everyone reacts to events
Individually, many have called for different purposes, such as Mr. Fujimori’s economic agenda,
The notion of stability, or their party’s chances of winning under the new order.

Peru sinks into quasi-authoritarianism, political rights restricted, elections
Still retained, but on terms in Mr. Fujimori’s favor until he is removed from office
2000. . .

Modern Latin America has repeatedly faced such crises.This is due to less sharing
Many scholars believe that cultural identity is more important than the history of Cold War interventions
Weakened democratic norms. It also stems from the American-style presidential system,
Deep social polarization has paved the way for extreme political struggle.

Presidential democracy creates more by dividing power between competing branches
Opportunities for competing offices to clash, even to the point of usurping each other
that power.Such systems also blur the question of who is in charge, forcing their affiliates
Disputes are resolved informally, instantaneously, and sometimes by force. . .

While other systems can be in a major crisis, usually because, as in
Presidential Democracy, Competing Power Centers Conflict To Try
surpass each other.

Still, some scholars believe that Americans want to understand the trajectory of their country’s development
Instead of looking at Europe, look at Latin America. . .

The term “political elite” conjures images of cigar-dipping power brokers,
Conclave pulls the strings of society.In fact, scholars use the term to mean
Describe legislators, judges, bureaucrats, police and military officers, local officials,
business leaders and cultural figures, most of whom will never coordinate directly,
Not to mention what is best for the country.

Still, it is those elites who work together to preserve democracy every day.as much
Paper money has value because we all think it has value, elections and laws
There is power because the elite wake up every morning and see them as supreme.
It is a contract to which those in power voluntarily bind themselves
also constrain their systems.

“A well-functioning and orderly democracy does not require us to think positively
What holds it up,” Cornell University political scientist Tom Pepinski told me
Shortly after the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.everyone is
Engagement is encouraged as if it will continue. “

But in a major constitutional crisis, when norms and rules are designed to guide
Democracy is questioned, or completely abandoned, and those elites suddenly
Faced with the question of how — or if — to keep their democratic compact.

They don’t always agree on what line is best for democracy or the country,
or for yourself.Sometimes it’s shocking to see the fragility of democracy
causing them to double down on it and sometimes even abandon the system
some or all.

The result is often elites scrambling to press each other because many
Top Republicans and White House aides are available throughout Jan. 6 or through the public
Statements addressed to thousands of government agency officials.

Scholars call it a “coordination game” in which all participants try to understand
And influence how others react until a minimum viable consensus is reached.
It may not be like a well-defined plot, but a group of frightened animals, which is
Why results are hard to predict.

Before Jan. 6, there’s little reason to doubt lawmakers’ commitment
democracy. “It’s not a question of whether they support democracy
In a true internal sense – it was never a bet,” Dr Pepinsky said.

Now, a crisis is forcing them to decide whether to overturn the election, suggesting that
Given such an option, not all of these lawmakers would vote for democracy.
“I’m shocked how much of this really depends on 535 people,” Dr. Pepinsky
Said, referring to the number of members of Congress.

Wonder what they will teach in high school civics class in 2030.

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