I may sound alarmist but this campaign makes me fear for American Democracy. My thesis: We are on the edge of becoming a one party state. Many one party states have some token opposition but there is no real serious challenge to the power of the dominant party and that is where we may be going.If the Democrats do not soundly defeat the Republicans at all levels including the Presidency the US will have become a defacto one party state. That means that no matter how poorly the Republican Party performs in economic, social and foreign policy they will not face any serious challenge and thus there will be no real check on their power or sanction for corruption. Given the growing power of the imperial presidency and a Supreme Court that McCain/Palin will tilt rightward, the Republican Party will be able to use the levers of government to consolidate their power and to insure that while the Democratic Party will survive, it will never represent a serious challenge to their dominance. Others have argued this but few are talking about how critical the 2008 election is in stopping Rove’s plan for a one party state.
–“Fear for American democracy,” Mark Sawyer (link)
What a scary notion. By voting for McCain, we cement and legitimize all that is wrong with the Republican Party’s policies and political ideology, even if McCain has now quickly shifted his platform from “experience” to “reform.” He’s been part of Washington for decades, the same Washington he now wants to suddenly reform. The thing that really annoys me is the short term memory of Americans. While even I can still recall the Halliburton-Cheney fiascoes, are we voting to let another conflict of interest happen: Cindy McCain and the beer company she runs? I don’t know about other Americans, but I’m not ready to vote to let a First Lady run an massive alcoholic beverage distributor from the White House.
An interesting look at the elections from UCLA professors. More can be found at the blog: “The Sprint: UCLA Professors Blog the Final Leg of the 2008 Race for President.”
On a lighter note, maybe Americans will understand this: