If one reads the opinion piece of Paul Krugman in the New York Times of 11th June 2018, one would believe that POTUS Donald Trump, can get away with anything he does or says, because the Republican Congress is either impotent or shell shocked and stays that way, allowing him to do as he pleases. Up until they are ousted from their dominant role at elections, the USA is an Autocracy. One never thought one would hear a respected journalist saying such a thing in 2018, but hey he has said it, and explained himself lucidly. Read the attached link:
When I initially picked the article, I thought the quisling he was referring to was Kim of Korea, but no it was the enablers of POTUS himself.
When he says that the Republican Party is irredeemably corrupt, you have a problem when in comparison, Sri Lanka seems so normal today. He says that Trump exhibits performative cruelty towards racial minorities effectively the point of view of his base, that Republicans don’t want to risk reminding them of the fundamental American values on which the Country was founded, at stake here, for fear of losing their elections. He says that the Republican Lawmakers are immobilized by a combination of venality and cowardice, when they should be aware that a de facto foreign agent sits in the Oval Office. These are harsh words, but were applicable under past MR administration or a future Pohottuwa Administration to describe the legislators who back MR then and now.
A paragraph out of this link I take verbatim here below which could have applied to MR, when no one dared cross him. Can we say that of the present Sirisena/Wickremasinghe schizophrenic administration? NO NO NO. Isn’t that a relief? YES. The electorate has a short memory, of what it used to be!
“Remember when people used to imagine that Trump would be restrained by officials who would put some check on his worst impulses? Maybe that happened for a few months, but at this point he’s entirely surrounded by sycophants who will tell him whatever he wants to hear”.
It is time that people with common sense draw a line in the sand, and decide what is good for democracy? The ability to criticize one’s leaders ad nauseam that we do today, or never be allowed to say anything for fear of the GULAG that North Korea, now Trump being paired with his brother from another mother (Kim) is compared with.
Strong stuff here, but worth considering here in SL~ when pundits are looking at the alternatives in store in 2020. Surprise surprise, the next US Presidential Election also is on November 3rd 2020 and no surprises, President Trump will be seeking re-election then. Consider the world view then, not different to Sri Lanka either.