While most of us observe the unfolding American presidential election in disbelief, some, among them Russian authorities and communist China, revel in its many unbelievable manifestations, claiming it proof that democracy simply doesn’t work.
Some even claim that Germany’s WW2 dictator Adolf Hitler and his fellow Italian fascist Benito Mussolini’s democratically won offices support that notion. Understandably so, as presidential contender Donald J. Trump most certainly is a fascist, leading many an observer to conclude that his victory would pave the way for a fascist America.
While a distinct possibility, it isn’t very probable, as the president’s power isn’t absolute. However, neither were the German Reichskanzler’s or the Italian prime minister’s, but they both made sure to undermine and remove all constitutional obstructions in their way, bullying the opposition into silence.
Could it happen again – in America? Even if we’re inclined to answer no, there’s no denying that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
With so many voters unable to recognise the similarities, it is tempting to conclude that the past indeed stands to be repeated, if, of course, the Trump campaign regains its foothold, which at present doesn’t seem very likely (but hey, who would have thought even his candidacy likely?).
And yes, a full-on fascist society is one possible outcome of any democratic election, just as much as a communist society is. An outcome of a democratic process, nevertheless, and one – as history has taught us – we’re likely to learn from, until a generation or two has passed (as we now see proof of).
Although we should be able to expect more, history, again, has shown that we can’t.
Meanwhile the Russians (and the Chinese) are having a ball:
Illustration: The U.S. Republican party’s presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Blogger’s own drawing.