Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

The Liberal Threat to Democracy

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton grants an audience to reporters on her campaign plane, September 5, 2016. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton offers more of the same -- and that is the scariest thing of all

This election cycle has left many Americans worried about the state of our republic. Vast swathes of the citizenry are clearly frustrated, dissatisfied, and increasingly alienated from the political system. The major parties’ primary processes have yielded a nightmare of a general election, featuring two exceedingly unpopular candidates, each of whom exhibits some mind-boggling character problems.

For some observers, the concern runs even deeper. They worry that if one of these candidates is elected, our constitutional system will be endangered and an effectively autocratic presidency will become a real possibility in America.

This kind of concern has been raised almost exclusively with

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Politics & Policy


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