A breakdown in our democracy
Even if a Democrat wins the 2020 presidential election, progressive activists “are bound to be disappointed,” said Philip Klein. Our political system has fundamentally changed, and both Republicans and Democrats are now determined “to obstruct every major policy initiative of the party in power.” President Trump has been able to reverse some of President Obama’s policies through unilateral action, but he has failed to pass legislation to overhaul immigration, build a wall, or repeal Obamacare. A Democrat who beats Trump will never be able to enact “Medicare for All,” a “Green New Deal,” or universal free child care, because these initiatives would die in the Senate—either by a straight vote or a filibuster. With a stalemate in Washington, the U.S. cannot address climate change, the national debt, gun violence, or any other major problem. “Where does this lead?” Americans may lose faith in democracy—and support radical measures. Democrats are already talking about eliminating the Senate filibuster altogether and enlarging and packing the Supreme Court. In a second term, Trump might simply order his policies enacted and defy court orders to restrain him. “No system of government has lasted forever,” and ours may be headed for a collapse.