Monday, January 9, 2017

Paul Pillar on the state of American democracy

In accordance with my decision to expand the scope of this blog, from time to time I will post (or repost) indispensable political analyses of other writers.   I want to bring your attention to today's National Interest online column of Paul Pillar--who I consider to be the finest political analyst in the U.S. today.  For those of you who are not familiar with his work, Wikipedia describes him this way:

Paul R. Pillar is an academic and 28-year veteran of the CIA, serving from 1977 to 2005. He is now a non-resident senior fellow at Georgetown University's  Center for Security Studies, as well as a nonresident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution's Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He was a visiting professor at Georgetown University from 2005 to 2012. He is a contributor to The National Interest.

 Pillar's column today on the state of American democracy is characteristically brilliant, and serves to remind us of just how dreadful the Republican Party--that is, NOT just Trump-- has become.  Actually, though Pillar probably wouldn't go that far, in my view it's been dreadful for decades, most certainly including  Ronald Reagan's Republican party and administration.

Winston Churchill famously said that he regarded democracy as the worst of all possible political systems--except for all the others.  In that spirit, I suppose America still needs a two-party system, but it sure gives you pause when one of them is the Republican party.