Magazine April 8, 2019, Issue

Democrats and Republicans Threaten the Constitution

(Roman Genn)
Friends of our founding document lack politicians to support

America’s constitutional order is under siege in the Trump era, according to many observers. As long as the Republicans retain their current win-at-all-costs orientation and remain politically competitive, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes, “we will be one election away from losing democracy in America.” Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright felt moved by President Trump’s ascendance to write a book titled “Fascism: A Warning.” Harvard political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt did her one better with the title “How Democracies Die.”

These worries about our country’s constitutional future have mostly had to do with how the president has

This article appears as “The Friendless Constitution” in the April 8, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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